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Well, the Lexus IS-F is really being seen as an M3 fighter in many camps, so something one size up makes sense as well. Its rumored M5-battling GS-F will need some serious hardware underhood to take on its just-right-sized Bavarian rival. Something like a 500 HP V10 would seem a good start. And that's what it will get apparently.
Of course this is still early guesswork, and by the time the car debuts as a 2012 model the benchmark may have made a move of its own, so we'll just trust Motor Trend's predictions for now. They forecast the GS-F will get the LF-A's "500-plus-horsepower, Formula 1-inspired sub-five-liter V-10." That racy mill will find its way into the all-new 2011 GS sedan, backed by a modified eight-speed automatic from the LS 460, which allows "ultrafast" manual shifting via paddles. It should be an interesting challenger to not only the M5, but to the Audi RS6, Mercedes E63 and Cadillac CTS-V as well. We'll keep you posted.

Thanks for the tip, Patrick!

[Source: Motor Trend]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Please refrain from having any more fun people, it's not very British! God forbid some folks have a sense of humor...
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm sorry, this is hilarious. I think I peed a bit. Its a car, not your mother, get some perspective people. All of you. Almost every post starts with a personal attack on the previous poster. I haven't seen this sort of hate off a console fanboy forum (I read them occasionally for comedy value)
      Better technology, better competition, everybody wins.
      Its about the cars, you "dim witted", "ignorant", "retarded"... "morons"
      • 7 Years Ago
      MKIV @ Sep 1st 2007 9:27PM

      If there is a bigot or an idiot it's you!

      I'm not referring to him. I replied to the origional poster. (testa di cazzo) I infact agree with Dan.

      COOL DOWN and get use to how the blog puts replies tabbed to the left. And this is in responce to you MKIV
      • 7 Years Ago
      wow things seem to be pretty heated in here. Just wanted to drop my sentiment on this.

      I love that Lexus has in the recent years focused on a more performance centric image. Love it.

      My one gripe so far (without actually owning one) is that they do not offer (to my knowledge) manual transmissions. I've driven a GS300 (okay not performance, buuuut) with the paddleshift option, and its fun. However, i cannot imagine myself enjoying using those while in an actual race type setting (track-day for example) as going around a corner while trying to shift seemed awkward.

      In all fairness, i only drove it a few times, and none were in track-like settings. So its feasible that i could enjoy the paddleshift system once adapted too it.

      ...i just love a good six speed to throw around is what i'm trying to say ;) Lexus, please give us that option!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Frankly, if there is competition between Lexus or whoever and Mercedes, BMW and Audi it could only be good for the car buying public because competition improves the breed. And if Maserati, Jaguar, Infiniti and whoever else try to join this group, all the better. Those who like one brand over the others are most welcome to show that they mean something by voting with their money. Otherwise all of the flaming on this board is little more than a silly argument between drunks. Yes, Dunkin Donuts is going to sweep Starbucks out of the coffee business ...
      • 7 Years Ago
      AirZurk. I think that The Cadillac CTS is a 3series fighter. On the website it competition is the 3 series. I think Cadillac made this car to big. It will get smoked if it goes against 5series.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'll ignore the attacks, shows there's some passion in car lovers and that's good, though the race labels being thrown around aren't good people.

      I think it's a fair feat of engineering to drop a V10 into this car, 500HP at that.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why do jounralist compare the Cadillac Cts with cars that are not is competition? The CTs is a Bmw 3series fighter not a 5series fighter.
        • 7 Years Ago
        no jsmilesrmhs, ur the one who's wrong. All of the CTS's dimensions match the 5 Series. The only thing the CTS and the 3 have in common are price.

        It pisses ME off when people compare the CTS and 3 too much. I think it's ok to make some comparisons cuz the prices do match. But when you criticize the CTS for having 400lbs. on the 3 series like motor trend did (or maybe C&D, I don't remember exactly), thats not cool.
      • 7 Years Ago
      mmm... oh yea, I love paddle-shifted slush boxes . Makes me feel like I'm 80!
        • 7 Years Ago
        They use them in race cars and I imagine you don't.
      • 7 Years Ago
      -nobody is going to be buying sooped up toyotas for 70K, sorry

      Well, that statement is completely wrong since people already pay a lot more than that for LS600hs already.
      Lexus drivers can be chinese or pensioners but they are definitely not poor.....
      As long as the car is good looking and fast, people will buy it no matter where it came from.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I did not know they make 10 cylinder sewing machines.
        • 7 Years Ago
        They even put V10s in pickup trucks, of all things.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nice try from Lexus, however the F series still doesn't have the racing prestige that it's European and American rivals have. For some that might not matter, but for the hardcore and the people that actually buy these cars, they will buy the respected BMW M or Audi's RS line. Since the M5 already puts out 500bhp and Audi's next V10 twin-turbo RS6 is rumored to put out 610+ (585 spec'd), the Lexus will be following the competiton as far as performance goes. Then again, we know Lexus makes good cars, and if they can undercut the Germans significantly, it just might be a hit!
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