The high-tech V8 brings a lot of thrill wrapped in a luxurious package.
To visualize the new Lexus GSF, imagine an HSV made from better things. This large, V8-powered convertible sports car from Japan is surprisingly fast but agile, just like the cars from Holden’s performance arm. Its 5.0-liter engine roars with power and its speed looks like an HSV. But GSF is also a product of the Lexus luxury car division obsessed with the quality and love of Toyota technology.
This blend of raw and refined ingredients works better than you might expect. Lexus offers thrilling V8 feel, but it is also a good place to relax. GSF leather and Alcantara interiors on the Australian market include high-end 17-speaker Mark Levinson audio, a 12.3-inch wide center screen, head-up display, excellent sports front seats and a range of assistance. High-tech driving and operation -Safe features under the heading “Lexus + safety system”.
The price of GSF has not been decided yet, as it is not due to showrooms until February of next year. But the figure will be close to $ 150,000, according to Lexus Australia chief executive Sean Hanley. That’s about $ 30,000 higher than the 450h Sports Luxury, the V6 petrol-electric hybrid currently tops the GS lineup. And it’s also about $ 50,000 more than the top HSV GTS model.
This V8 is premium all the way
As soon as you poke the GSF’s start button, you’ll understand one of the reasons for the price tag. The car’s 5.0-liter V8 engine is a ploy of the engine. It revolves high and hard for something with lots of volume. From about 4000 rpm to the music at 7300 rpm, the background music is fantastic; deep, hard burns that only a V8 can bring.
With the ability to switch between an efficient Atkinson combustion cycle (used in Toyota and Lexus hybrid engines) to fly and the Otto cycle of a conventional gasoline burner for maximum power, 32 titanium valves in Yamaha-made cylinder heads and sky-high, compression ratio are like Ferrari, this V8 is premium all the way. Despite the engine’s technology, the GSF’s nearly 1900kg weight means that fuel efficiency is not a strong point.
The engine is partnered with a Japanese-made eight-speed automatic. This Aisin infusion is a smooth shifter. Between the rear wheels of the GSF is a clever and expensive difference. The computer-controlled clutch inside it can direct engine torque to the rear tire with the best grip, to improve cornering angle.
Lexus also doesn’t save any money on GSF chassis. The standard GS model has a suspension arrangement to be on par with the high-end German brands that it competes with. As for the F model, the stiffer springs help reduce the car by 15mm and shock absorbers from German experts ZF Sachs. Italy provides brakes. Clamps on the discs plus size are six-piston front calipers and four-piston rear from Brembo. For those who really want to stand out, these can be provided with painted orange – making a difference from red and yellow.
This heavy vehicle is a prank to pass the previous Grand Prix race
Most external changes specific to the GSF will be found in the foreground. Its wide-mouth grille looks to be inspired by some deep-sea molluscs, but the wider front guards add an intuitive threat. The rear image is more attractive, with pairs of exhaust pipes stacked, chrome on the sides and a cute little carbon fiber spoiler on the bootlid.
For our introduction to the car, Lexus let us relax on the Jarama track outside Madrid. In a normal Lexus, this would be a big mistake, but the GSF is different. Its wide Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires are super road-tight, and this heavy vehicle is a prank to get past the previous Grand Prix race. The electronic chassis stabilization system doesn’t ruin the fun corner.
On public roads, GSF is a happy place to … as long as the road is smooth. Passing is easy and until you put the accelerator, the cabin is a quiet and quality place to spend time. But that solid suspension, which works very well on the track, can become too joking and jerky on Australian second-class roads.
Lexus does not expect GSF to sell in bulk, just two or three per month.
But this is a car good enough to convince skeptics – perhaps even HSV owners – that Lexus has the ability to add a little quick and furious to the quiet and quality that underpins the list. sound of the brand.