Subtle it wasn’t, sitting there with its screaming yellow paint gleaming in the sun. . Still, the Lexus GS F is aesthetically pleasing in a garish way, all buff with unique fender flares and genuine carbon fiber trim that set this performance-oriented F version apart from the standard midsize GS.
With Lexus’ reputation as a maker of sedate luxury sedans, the big surprise comes immediately upon pushing the Engine Start button. The rumble of the GS F’s 467-horsepower, 5.0-liter V8 leaves little doubt this this car is not some milquetoast midsize.
On a winding mountain road, the big V8’s acceleration lives up to the exhaust note’s hype, with the powerful ventilated Brembo disc brakes bringing things down when entering the corners. Handling is sharp without undue ride harshness from the firm sport-tuned suspension.
In short, the Lexus GS F leads one to the conclusion that subtlety is overrated.
- A wolf in wolf’s clothing.
- Top-notch Lexus design/materials
- Crazy-steep price tag
- Firm ride not as cushy as some luxury sedan shoppers may be expecting.
- If “exciting Lexus” sounds like an oxymoron, this car will change your mind.
- Base Price: $85,010
- As Tested: $89,370
- NHTSA: Not tested
- 16/24 (5.0L V8/automatic)