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Dynamic Ride, Luxurious Comfort: 2018 Lexus GS F Sedan

Introduced for the 2016 model year, the Lexus GS F performance sedan is based on the popular GS sedan. The 2018 GS F offers enthusiasts the best of all worlds: it’s a car that will provide thrills and excitement on challenging switchbacks, all the while offering occupants unprecedented style and comfort.

Its elegant-yet-aggressive styling effectively characterizes the essence of Lexus’ performance-oriented “F” brand, highlighted by bold front fascia with race-inspired functional air inlets, triple-beam headlamps, low-slung wide stance, large brake calipers, carbon-fiber rear spoiler and quad exhaust rear diffuser. While it’s more than capable of taking on a twisty mountain road, the GS F is still a sedan that’s ideal for everyday use. It seats five comfortably in a luxuriously appointed cabin filled with high-tech amenities and advanced safety technologies, including standard Lexus Safety System +.

Power is generated by a 2UR-GSE 5.0L V8 engine that is bolted to a smooth-operating AA80E eight-speed Sport Direct Shift automatic transmission for maximum sporty performance.

The available Torque Vectoring Differential (TVD) enhances dynamic performance by precisely controlling rear wheel torque, helping to manage the vehicle’s orientation when cornering. What’s more, the TVD system has been tuned to provide a very natural feel—its operation is virtually imperceptible to the driver. The TVD transfers torque between the right and left tires with the ideal amount based upon data including throttle input, braking, yaw rate, longitudinal and lateral G-force, and other pertinent parameters. The TVD allows the driver to choose among three distinct settings (STANDARD, SLALOM, and TRACK) via a switch on the center console that best suits their style of driving or driving conditions.

The GS F also features a Drive Mode Select control offering NORMAL, ECO, SPORT S, SPORT S+ modes. The all-new Lexus GS F has been designed to be enjoyed by all driving enthusiasts, from recreational commuters to more experienced drivers. While this four-door doesn’t forget its sedan utility, its main mission is to provide an exhilarating driving experience in a wide range of conditions.

All of this wonderful performance is made possible due to the high structural rigidity of the body/chassis that is designed to maximize handling and ride comfort. Control hardware consists of performance-tuned double wishbone front/multi-link rear suspension systems as well as a Brembo® braking system with front brake duct cooling and a refined Electric Power Steering (EPS) for enhanced responsiveness and driver feedback.

Inside the driver-centric passenger cabin, the interior of the GS F tastefully melds superior craftsmanship and affluence with world-class ergonomics and functionality. But as a performance premium sedan, designers made sure to place special emphasis upon 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 center analog Thin Film Transistor tachometer has a large diameter with silver ornamentation. Of particular note, the look and information displayed within the center meter changes in accordance with each Drive Mode selected. A standard color Heads-Up Display allows the driver to see pertinent info such as speed, tachometer/read indicator and gear shift display conveniently without taking his/her eyes off the road ahead.

In pursuit of outstanding comfort, the GS F adopts “F”-exclusive sport seats with Smooth Leather seating surfaces for the front and the rear, with high backs in the front seats. The bucket-type front seats provide optimum support and comfort, thanks to pronounced bolstering for the thighs, hips and lumbar sections, as well as an ergonomically enhanced design for the shoulder section. What’s more, the sewing pattern and stitching on the front seats have been placed so that it closely mimics the skeletal and musculature of the human body for the highest degree of comfort and stability, while greatly reducing fatigue on long drives. The rear seats utilize the same ergonomically-enhanced sewing/stitching pattern while also including exclusively designed headrests that mimic the seatback design of the front buckets.

Dimensions and specifications
Wheelbase: 112.2; overall length: 193.5; width: 72.6; height: 56.7
All vehicle measurements are in inches.

Engine: 5.0L V8 – 467 hp at 7100 rpm and 389 lb-ft of torque at 4800-5600 rpm
Transmission: eight-speed automatic
EPA Fuel Economy: 16 city/24 highway
Cargo capacity: 14.0 cubic feet

Safety features
Dual front airbags, front seat side impact airbags, dual front/rear head curtain side-impact airbags, dual rear outbound seat side-impact airbag, dual front knee airbags, four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist, pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, all-speed dynamic radar cruise control, intelligent high beam, lane departure alert with steering assist, lane keep assist, traction control, vehicle stability control, vehicle dynamics integrated management, door side-impact beams, LED daytime running lights, Lexus Enform Safety Connect, SmartAccess entry system with push button engine start, vehicle theft-deterrent system with engine immobilizer, smart stop technology, first aid kit, tool kit, HomeLink programmable garage door opener, navigation system, back up camera with dynamic grid lines, and direct tire pressure monitoring system.
Optional safety feature includes head-up display.

Basic: 4-year/50,000 mile
Powertrain: 6-year/70,000 mile
Corrosion: 6-year/unlimited
Roadside Assistance: 4-year/unlimited 24-hour

The base Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2018 Lexus GS F starts from $84,350. Destination charges add $995.

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Ken Chester, Jr.

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