Lexus is tired of being the sweet and innocent girl next door, the one that everyone admires but no one lusts after. The Lexus IS F, the Lexus LFA
and (to a lesser degree) the Lexus F-Sport models are all attempts to prove to drivers that the brand can look hot in a leather miniskirt and stiletto heels, too. So to speak.
What the brand lacks is a legitimate sport sedan, one capable of challenging cars like the Cadillac CTS-V and the BMW M5. Britain’s Autocar
is confirming recent reports that just such an animal, the Lexus GS F
, is indeed being considered for development.
Lexus has tried to make the 2013 GS sedan more driver-focused than the car it replaces, and the improved chassis seems to be a good foundation for a sportier sedan. There's already a GS 350 F-Sport model
, so a GS F model isn't that much of a stretch. If built, power could come from a detuned and de-stroked version of the Lexus LFA’s 4.8-liter V-10, but we’d put that in the “doubtful” category since it’s such an expensive engine to produce.
It’s more likely that a Lexus GS F would get a supercharged V-8, likely based on the normally aspirated 5.0-liter V-8 found in the current IS F
. Properly tuned, such an engine could easily produce the 550+ horsepower needed to run with the big dogs in the segment.
It’s no secret that Akio Toyoda, head of Toyota and Lexus, is a big fan of the Lexus F and F-Sport models, and himself a racer, which bodes well for additional F models. Perhaps the best sign of the company’s lost innocence, however, was given in a recent quote by Lexus Europe vice president Andy Pfeiffenberger.
“We’ve been vanilla long enough,” Pfeiffenberger said. “If some buyers don’t like the GS’s design, that means we’re doing the right thing. The re-start of Lexus as a strong brand in the marketplace is kicking off with this car.”
Leather miniskirt and stiletto heels, we suppose, are optional.