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Lexus GS F & RC F convertible confirmed – report

October 30, 2014

It’s been rumoured for some time but Lexus has reportedly now confirmed it is going to introduce a new range-topping GS sedan in the theme of a ‘GS F’. The company is also said to be planning an open-top version of the new RC F sports coupe.

Lexus GS

The news was apparently confirmed during at a national dealer meeting in Los Angeles, Autoguide reports. It’s understood the GS F will become the company’s fastest and most powerful current model, and certainly its most powerful sedan ever.

According to reports the GS F will be powered by a 5.0-litre V8 producing at least 373kW (500hp). It’s expected to be based on the Yamaha-developed engine currently used in the RC F and IS F, only tuned to a higher degree. This should provide 0-100km/h times in well under 5.0 seconds, helping it rival vehicles like the BMW M5 and Mercedes-Benz E 63 AMG.

As for the RC F convertible, this is set to be Lexus’s response to vehicles like the Audi RS 5 convertible and more importantly the new BMW M4 convertible. Lexus has never offered a high-performance drop-top driving machine before, with even the previous LFA only officially made in coupe form.

It’s believed it will come with the same 351kW 5.0-litre V8 engine as seen in the RC F coupe. The convertible is likely to be heavier than the coupe though, which weighs 1840kg. Rumour has it the drop-top will tip the scales at around 2020kg.

Despite the weight disadvantage the new variant should get close to the coupe’s 0-100km/h time of 4.4 seconds, while the top speed of around 270km/h should remain. An official announcement may come soon.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.