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Lexus guns for BMW with GS F saloon

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Lexus chose the Detroit motor show to unveil its most powerful saloon car yet, the 470bhp, 5.0-litre GS F.

This mid-size executive express is the Japanese brand’s most serious attempt yet at challenging the dominance of German models, namely the BMW M5 and Audi RS6, as the obvious choice in this exclusive market sector.

Unlike nearly all of its key rivals, however, the Lexus does without forced induction, meaning it is somewhat down on power compared to its turbocharged contemporaries. However, with a comparatively light kerb weight of 1,830kg, the GS F is likely to be able to compete in the performance stakes, though no official figures have yet been released.

Power is sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox, with manual control available via steering wheel-mounted paddles. Fitted as standard is a ‘torque vectoring’ rear differential, which sends power to individual wheels depending on what mode it is set in: Standard, Slalom or Track.

The standard GS saloon’s chassis has been stiffened and the car sits on uniquely set up suspension for a suitably sporting drive.

The GS F builds on the same look as the standard car but with some revised features such as new front and rear bumpers, side skirts, flared wheel arches, a rear diffuser and a lip spoiler for added visual menace. It sits as standard on 19-inch alloy wheels.

Full price and specification details are yet to be finalised, but the GS F is expected to reach UK showrooms sporting a price tag of around £80,000.


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