• Apr 2, 2007

Reports are beginning to circulate the web that Lexus is working on a high-performance version of the mid-level GS sedan to go up against German rivals in competing for the glory and the cash.

The performance GS would be the next candidate to receive the F treatment, after Lexus took the wraps off the V8-powered IS-F sports sedan at the Detroit show in January. Presumably named the GS-F, Lexus would shoehorn in a version of the V10 engine, detuned to around 450 horsepower, from the LF-A supercar the company is currently working on.

With the GS-F, Toyota would be aiming straight for the BMW M5. That's a mighty ambitious task, especially considering the view that Lexus missed the mark with the IS-F. Could they get it right in the big leagues?

[Source: The Hollywood Extra]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      Mercury called and they want their waterfall grill back. Oh, and they also want a unique car that's not a rebadged Ford...

      DOH!
      • 7 Years Ago
      "...especially considering the view that Lexus missed the mark with the IS-F."

      I'm going to have to agree with #12 on this, it is personal taste and personally, I think the car looks great and I'd love to have one if i oculd afford it. Where my opinion differs though is that I actually do like that new tailpipe design, its different and looks cool. I'm too big on the styling of the GS-F, like the base model design better, but oh well we'll see how this plays out and who comes on top.
      • 7 Years Ago
      no
      • 7 Years Ago
      "...especially considering the view that Lexus missed the mark with the IS-F."

      Missed the mark? Who has this view? Every "view" I have read is excited by the LIMMITED information we have on it thus far. As far as the styling is concerned it’s a matter of personal taste. While I love the body modifications I would rather see exhaust outlets similar to those found on the M’s, AMG’s and RS’s of the rivals.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think its a smart move for Lexus to develop the F series. They need a high performance line-up. Something that really stands out fromthe normal Toyota cars!


      http://www.lexusF.com
      The first Lexus-F Forum
      • 7 Years Ago
      Do it.
      If they don't swing the bat they certainly won't get a hit.
      • 7 Years Ago
      LOL at #2! I find it laughable to say the GS looks better than ANY current car. That thing is one ugly turd!

      #6 and #10 are spot on--The GS is definitely a Nerf bat, and Lexus has historically had a hard time winning comparisons against REGULAR BMWs. The fun-to-drive crowd is NOT shopping for "rolling sofa" Lexus cars or any other Toyota. Their target market is the quiet/comfort/technology crowd and they are very good at that. I think Lexus is having an identity crisis with the whole F range.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Lexus has failed to trump REGULAR BMWs thus far - what makes anyone think they can hang with the M division?

      There is a lot more to it than putting a big motor under the hood.
      • 7 Years Ago
      My father has a GS 400, and he likes it quite a bit. The new one hasn't blown him away.

      Overall, Lexus has swung three times, struck out with the first, and hit fouls with #2 and #3. None of these cars has been a hit like the LS, ES, RX, and latest IS.

      An F version might help, but it's not going to be a game changer.
      • 7 Years Ago
      more competition is always welcome. although lexus's automatic only stance puts this in league with benz and amg, not bmw's M series. they serve two different demographics.
      • 7 Years Ago
      yeah, but you don't bring a nerf bat to the plate in MLB.
      • 7 Years Ago
      So... Cadillac comes out with an STS-V, and everyone says it's worth a shot for Cadillac to try, but when Lexus tries to field a GS-F, they're automatically booed off? Let them try - Car and Driver might be more entertaining when we have a comparison of five cars with 2200 hp and twenty doors combined.

      Besides, how do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice.
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