Lexus GS F on sale in Australia in February

October 14, 2015

Lexus Australia is gearing up to launch the all-new Lexus GS F sports sedan in February, 2016. It enters the market as the first dedicated performance version of the GS sedan.

Lexus GS F

As revealed earlier this year, the GS F builds on the previous IS F’s personality and becomes the large performance sedan of the showroom, ready to take on the likes of the Audi S6 and even high-caliber propositions like the BMW M5 and Mercedes-Benz E 63 AMG.

In the engine bay sits a 5.0-litre naturally aspirated V8 churning out 351kW of power at 7100rpm, and 530Nm of torque between 4800rpm and 5600rpm. The unit offers an official average fuel consumption of 11.3L/100km.

On the tarmac, the V8 propels the GS from 0-100km/h in 4.6 seconds, and on to a quarter mile of 12.8 seconds. Part of the performance is thanks to an eight-speed sports automatic transmission, and a comparatively decent kerb weight of 1825kg.

In typical Lexus fashion, the GS F comes with a load of standard features and little in the way of annoying optional extras. There’s a 17-speaker Mark Levinson stereo with an 835-Watt amplifier, playing sounds through a 12.3-inch wide-screen interface with sat-nav.

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For the exterior there’s a unique bodykit with front and rear spoilers, quad-outlet exhaust, and an aggressive diffuser setup underneath. The GS F then rides on ZF Sachs sports suspension, with 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 255/35 front and 275/35 rear tyres. Behind the wheels are a set of Brembo brakes, measuring 380mm on the front and 345mm on the back, with six- and four-piston calipers, respectively.

PerformanceDrive is a big fan of the drive character of the regular GS range, so it will be interesting to see how the GS F performs when it lands in Australia. Starting prices will be announced closer to its launch, but it’s expected to kick off at around the $150,000 mark.

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. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.