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Once a leader is the mid-size luxury segment, the Lexus GS is now at the back of the pack. With a new Mercedes E-Class, BMW 5 Series and the debut of the all-new Audi A6 yesterday, the GS is set to be reinvented soon.
When Lexus does pull the covers back on an all new GS, expect a GS-F model to arrive shortly afterward reports Road & Track.
According to their sources, the GS-F will use the same 5.0-liter V8 as found in the IS-F, pumping out as much as 465-hp – although we have to think that considering how much the E63 AMG makes and how powerful the next M5 is expected to be, perhaps Lexus will need to strap a supercharger on that engine.
To keep the car competitive, Lexus will keep weight to a minimum, with use of carbon fiber and aluminum for a curb weight of just 3,700 lbs. Those factors combined, the car should be able to hit 60 mph in less than 4.5 seconds.
When it does arrive, expect to pay a premium, with the list price rumored to come close to $100,000.
[Source: Road & Track]
Yesterday we reported on rumors that the Lexus LFA’s 4.8-liter V10 engine would find its way into the upcoming GS F. Today Lexus of Europe is denying those rumors. Via Twitter, Lexus of Europe said that the high-revving V10 engine is bespoke, hinting that its pretty much exclusive to the Japanese brand’s new supercar.
We can’t say we’re surprised. While using the new high-tech engine in other models would help to cut down production costs and create a nice brand continuity, it also has the possibility of devaluing the LFA. After all, it doesn’t make much sense if you can get a car with the same engine for less than a quarter of the LFA’s $375,000 price tag.
Plus, while the 4.8-liter mill does make an impressive 553-hp, its torque of just 354 ft-lbs (which comes on at high rpm) is not only far less the the competition like the MErcedes E63 and Cadillac CTS-V, but would feel even less spectacular in a heavier platform.
The whole discussion might just be a moot point anyway as there are no confirmed reports that the GS F will ever come into existence. If it does, however, we’re hoping to find a nice turbocharged V8 under the hood.
Over the past few weeks we’ve heard several rumors and reports that Lexus is planning to build an F version of the GS model. Designed to run against the likes of the E63 from Mercedes, CTS-V from Cadillac and M5 from BMW, even the big 5.0-liter V8 from the IS-F wouldn’t be enough to make the larger GS platform competitive. An even more powerful engine would be needed.
Lexus happens to have just such an engine in the new LFA supercar. The LFA’s 4.8-liter V10 makes 553-hp at 8700 rm and 354 ft-lbs of torque at 6800 rpm and according to Japan’s BestCar, will find its way under the hood of the still-unconfirmed GS-F.
It would be a great marketing opportunity for Lexus to show the LFA heritage running through the rest of the company’s lineup. The only problem would be the lack of torque and the likelihood that even with all that brute power it would still be a Lexus and, therefore, not all that engaging to drive.
[Source: Bestcar via Carscoop]