The Good The GS F's V8 is responsive and sounds magnificent at wide-open-throttle. Automatic transmission is smooth around town, but also delivers dual-clutch-like performance on track. Chassis and suspension tuning yields great grip for hard driving, but still has enough give for daily running.
The Bad Since the GS F doesn't have a force-induced engine, it's down on power compared to its German and American competition. Lexus infotainment systems still aren't able to run Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The Bottom Line The Lexus GS F is outgunned in the power department, but it's still a worthy high-performance sedan offering an attractive mix of punch, handling, looks, luxury and involvement from behind the wheel.
Lexus' latest high-performance sedan is a star on and off the track
Blitzing GingerMan Raceway's back straight in the Lexus GS F at 120 mph all day is easy, but braking for the 90-degree right hander at the end gets sketchy after a few laps in a street car. Seven rotations later, I'm still smirking as the V8 howls at wide-open-throttle, and surprisingly the brakes show no signs of fade.
After a few more sessions out, my admiration only increases for the GS F's excellent handling, responsive and weighty steering, playful nature and fade-resistant Brembo stoppers. This is a Lexus that's legitimately fun to wheel around a race track, and built to handle the grueling exercise. It doesn't feel over-engineered and void of personality, which is something I wouldn't have expected from Lexus, given its history.
Toyota's luxury division initially rose to prominence with its reputation of producing well-built, smooth and coffin-quiet vehicles. The knock against them were that they lacked drive character, soul and visual flare. Things have changed, though, with the effort put into becoming a serious performance threat to its German and American competition now paying off.
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