Dubai, UAE – January 15, 2016 – Lexus today announced the launch of the performance-oriented GS F four-door sports sedan in the Middle East. With a style eminently suited to everyday driving, the Lexus GS F conveys the appeal of the ‘F’ series to a wide demographic, thus enabling Lexus to further enhance its brand image of exhilarating performance.
The GS F embodies the philosophy of the ‘F’ series which stands for fast dynamic response, high efficiency and seamless performance on everyday roads in addition to racetracks that can be enjoyed by everyone. The GS F is the first new ‘F’ series sedan model since the launch of the IS F in 2007.
According to Chief Engineer Yukihiko Yaguchi, “With the GS F, our aim was to develop a car that combines the versatility of a sedan with the agility and dynamic character of the ‘F’ brand. A car that is fun to drive every day, whether it is on a busy street or a winding road, regardless of one’s driving skills. Having the driver say ‘That was fun’, ‘That was great’ after driving the car – that’s what the ‘F’ brand is all about.”
“To enhance its dynamic performance and hone its handling, our team also spent countless number of hours on some of the most famous tracks of the world, including Fuji Speedway in Japan and the Nürburgring in Germany,” added Yaguchi.
Takayuki Yoshitsugu, Chief Representative, Middle East and North Africa Representative Office, TOYOTA Motor Corporation, said, “True to the spirit of all the ‘F’-line models, we developed the GS F to create a sense of excitement for our customers whenever and wherever they drive it. The GS F’s high-speed performance and handling, which have been nurtured on race tracks around the globe, reflect our attempt to provide the ultimate driving experience.”
Yoshitsugu added: “The sedan embraces the virtues of sound, response and limitless power feel to support Lexus’ ‘F’ brand identity of a performance car. We look forward to delighting our customers with this latest model and would like to acknowledge their support over the years.”
The GS F is based on the partially revamped GS model and boasts outstanding performance; the 5.0-liter V8 engine features enhanced response and engine-revolution smoothness, while chassis stiffness has been improved through cutting-edge technologies such as laser screw welding. Furthermore, the vehicle comes equipped with a variety of standard features to ensure both excellent driving stability and an enjoyable ride, including Torque Vectoring Differential (TVD), Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) that incorporates an Expert mode and an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) that utilizes vertical acceleration sensors.
The interior and exterior of the GS F fuse a breathtaking simplicity and elegance of design, and capture the mature, luxurious sportiness unique to the ‘F’ series. In addition, the vehicle utilizes the Lexus Safety System+ active safety package to provide a multi-faceted approach to active safety, further enhancing the safety and peace of mind of its occupants.
GS F Key Features
A high-performance engine that emphasizes sound, dynamic response and acceleration
Equipped with Direct Injection 4-stroke Gasoline Engine Superior Version (D-4S), the 5.0-liter V8 engine features an optimized Variable Valve Timing-intelligent Electric motor (VVT-iE) to produce exceptional power. The engine delivers 471 hp at 7,100 rpm and 54.0 kg/m of torque at 4,800-5,600 rpm. After assembly, the balance of each engine while running is adjusted, further enhancing the linear power and superior response that are characteristic of a naturally aspirated engine.
The GS F's engine uses the Atkinson cycle to improve fuel efficiency and environmental performance. The Atkinson cycle essentially allows the engine’s intake valves to remain open during combustion, improving the breathing qualities of the unit. This reduces pumping losses and increases the engine's thermal efficiency.
To maintain the same level of efficiency, the GS F’s V8-engine comes mated to an equally efficient gearbox; the 8-speed Sport Direct Shift (SPDS) automatic transmission that offers smooth shift feel, excellent drivability, instantaneous acceleration and exceptional fuel economy under all driving conditions. In the M-position, the transmission takes as little as 0.1 seconds per shift, enabling the driver to enjoy genuine sporting performance.
The Drive Mode Select system offers enhanced driving performance and enjoyment by allowing the driver to choose the most appropriate drive mode to match their preferred driving style and/or situation. Selections include NORMAL, ECO, SPORT S and SPORT S+ modes.
Transmission performance is further improved with the adoption of the Lexus G-force Artificial Intelligence Shift control (G AI-SHIFT). When driving in the SPORT S mode, the system selects the suitable gear ratio for sporty driving by monitoring the vehicle’s G sensor while simultaneously tracking the degree of throttle opening; if the driver invokes a higher degree of throttle (i.e. wants to accelerate more briskly), a quicker upshift will take place due to high-response shifting. Furthermore, the G AI-SHIFT control further elevates spirited driving by intuitively and succinctly blipping the throttle on downshifts. When driving in the top-flight SPORT S+ mode, performance driving is further aided by the system allowing the engine to maintain a higher rpm level, which comes in handy when driving under high-load conditions such as on a race track or a winding road.
Active Sound Control (ASC) combines the natural noise of the vehicle’s engine mainly with artificially produced sound in a new, advanced four-speaker system (two speakers in front and two behind) that provides more powerful engine and exhaust noises.
Exceptional performance that thrives on the track
To achieve superior body stiffness, the GS F makes use of the latest Lexus body technologies. These include laser welding, an increase in the number of spot welding points, high-stiffness adhesives and laser screw welding. The vehicle achieves high body rigidity well suited to all conditions, even on the track.
The GS F utilizes an engine under-cover with a flat, streamlined surface, allowing the vehicle to achieve outstanding aerodynamic performance. In addition, the attachment of aero-stabilizing fins to each section of the under-cover actively directs airflow to guarantee superb driving stability.
The GS F’s stopping power is provided by Brembo® brakes that feature lightweight, highly rigid opposing six-piston aluminum mono-block calipers on the front, and opposing four-piston aluminum mono-block calipers on the rear. By increasing the diameter of the master cylinder and optimizing pedal ratios, the brakes achieve superb responsiveness and linear stopping performance. They also guarantee high rigidity and anti-fading performance through the use of high-friction pads. The high-performance brakes can be emphasized by selecting optional front and rear orange brake calipers. Special features of the GS F’s vehicle control systems include a newly adopted vertical G sensor in the ABS control, to ensure optimum brake force even when the vehicle is airborne.
The GS F's suspension parts have been redesigned with the aim of achieving the ideal geometry. The steering response has been improved by retaining high suspension rigidity, optimizing roll stiffness, and by harmonizing these with the steering system. The TVD torque control system is equipped as standard and provides optimal electronic control of the torque of the left and right rear wheels according to the driving situation, achieving ideal vehicle behavior during cornering. The GS F comes with three modes—Standard, which delivers a high level of stability and agility, Slalom, which places additional emphasis on steering response, and Track, which provides additional stability when driving at higher speeds, allowing the driver to accelerate with confidence.
The ‘Expert’ mode, which is part of the VDIM system, allows drivers to hone their track driving skills. In this mode, VDIM is almost fully disengaged and only intervenes to prevent loss of control. VDIM has further evolved through integration of TVD with ABS, which uses acceleration sensors to deliver both high vehicle stability and an enjoyable ride.
Exterior design with dynamism and functional beauty
The exterior of the GS F exudes dynamism and functional beauty – the front view emphasizes a wide stance with a low center of gravity. From the side, the substantial overhang of the fender flares underscores the high performance of the V8 unit. The front fascia is defined by an aggressive representation of Lexus’ trademark spindle grille, featuring a special ‘F’ series mesh and a pair of dramatically wide and tall air inlets beneath the headlights. These openings funnel massive amounts of air into specially-designed ducting inside the grille to maximize brake cooling and provide excellent performance. The grille also features a new black lacquer plated lower molding exclusive to the ‘F’ series, which provides downforce to the front of the car. Wide front fender flares with large air outlets allow excess airflow to escape down the sides of the vehicle, while broad fenders and sculpted rocker panels provide visual muscle, hinting at the car’s sporty character.
In addition, the center pillar and outer mirrors are painted in a dark, glossy metallic hue that is coordinated with the color of the wheels to further enhance the element of sportiness in the ‘F’ series. The newly designed, 19-inch polished aluminum wheels are first forged, and then subjected to three-dimensional cutting.
The rear of the vehicle follows the same aggressive design theme as the front, highlighted by the ‘F’ brand’s trademark quad exhaust tips. Other highlights here include a downforce-generating rear spoiler mounted on the trunk lid, a rear diffuser beneath the rear bumper section, fin-shaped aerodynamic enhancements adopted at the bottom edge of the rear bumper’s lower garnish to improve airflow and reduce drag, and organically-shaped rear taillights.
Available exterior paint colors include Lava Orange, Heat Blue, White Nova, Sonic Silver, Sonic Titanium, Mercury Gray, Graphite Black and Red.
An interior that promotes driving styles to the highest levels of luxury
The interior of the GS F tastefully melds superior craftsmanship and affluence with world-class ergonomics and functionality. However, with the GS F being a performance premium sedan, designers ensured that they place special emphasis on creating a driver-centric cockpit. This pilot-focused design theme is characterized by the information display/gauges positioned directly in front of the driver. Close attention has been paid to important details such as the size and thickness of fonts and indicators for easy recognition by the driver.
The large-diameter instrument panel is located in the center of the dashboard and displays essential driving data. The data content displayed on the large-diameter LCD center meter changes depending on which out of the four drive modes—NORMAL, ECO, SPORT S and SPORT S+—is selected, while sports driving is supported through a carefully thought-out, easy-to-use multi-information display. The optional color heads-up display (HUD) allows the driver to view necessary information swiftly and without the need for excessive eye movement. On top of fundamental information such as speed and basic mapping, in both of the ‘Sport’ modes, HUD also provides data on engine rpms and shift position.
The gauge hoods, upper part of the instrument panel, center console, palm rest and door trim armrests are finished in Alcantara® in a design that combines the performance of a premium sports model with the feel of a luxury interior. In addition, the surface of the instrument panel features four rivet plates bearing the Lexus logo, which were used in the legendary Lexus LFA and are a symbol of Lexus sports.
A new white LED interior illumination concept has been implemented that combines warmth with superior illumination qualities. Interior color schemes available on the GS F include Black and Accent White, Flare Red and Black.
Inside, the high-back sports seats fitted in the front of the GS F are manufactured through an integrated foaming technique, and have been designed to resemble form-fitting athletic sportswear to support and cosset occupants. The seats provide both high performance required on a track as well as the comfort needed for general driving. The specially crafted rear seats share design characteristics with the high-back sports seats used in the front, including the same distinctive sewing and stitching patterns.
The genuine-leather steering wheel has a thickness and grip perfected through repeated track outings by Lexus test drivers. The large paddle-shift levers are designed to be operated while holding the steering wheel, even when cornering. The steering wheel and shift knob employ three-color overlock stitching in white, black, and blue—colors that symbolize the F series. The GS F utilizes aluminum sports pedals and foot rests.
The foldable rear center armrest is equipped with a cup holder, storage box and control panel to manage air conditioning, audio and electric rear window sunshade. The genuine aluminum ornament panel, front doors and rear armrest—in Naguri finish, medium-silver—are produced using Naguri machining techniques that have been recreated with the latest production technologies and workmanship. Carbon and forged composite carbon are available as additional options.
In developing the audio systems for the GS F, the engineering team targeted a speaker system that replicates the sensation of sound experienced in a concert hall or movie theater. Two audio systems are available: a fully-digital 12-speaker system with a high-efficiency 299-watt amplifier, a microSD card slot and a Coherent Source Transducer (CST) that smoothly blends high and mid ranges while suppressing phase deviation to help support the perception of sound localization, and a 17-speaker Mark Levinson® surround sound system with an amplifier capable of outputting the equivalent of 750 watts, which includes GreenEdge™ speaker technology that enables more than double the sound output with the same amount of power.
Advanced safety technologies protect passengers through Lexus Safety System+
Lexus Safety System+ helps avoid or mitigate collisions across a wide range of vehicle speeds and conditions. Introduced globally as either standard or optional equipment, Lexus Safety System+ integrates several technologies:
Blind Spot Monitor (BSM): Employing a quasi-millimeter wave radar installed on the back of the vehicle, BSM can detect a vehicle present in adjacent lanes as well as the vehicle traveling at a high speed approaching into the driver’s blind spot.
Every Lexus GS F model features a comprehensive Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) that includes driver’s and front passenger’s dual-stage airbags, driver’s and front passenger’s knee airbags, front side airbags, front and rear seat side curtain airbags and rear side airbags. An advanced security system that includes a security alarm control with an ultrasonic break-in sensor and tilt sensor is incorporated within the yaw-rate G-sensors available in some regions.