The GS F can be thought of as a larger, more practical version of the RC F. In place of a tight rear seat limited by a compact car’s coupe roofline, this midsize sedan has a three-passenger rear seat that will accommodate six footers.
Over and above the standard GS, the F gets aluminum pedals; perforated leather on the seats and steering wheel; available carbon fiber trim; and alcantara on the meter hood, instrument panel, door trim, center console, and Remote Touch palm rest. At also features high-back front sport seats that are also exceptionally comfortable and supportive.
Lexus’ Remote Touch system is standard. It uses a center console-mounted joystick to enter controls on the massive 12.3-inch dashboard screen. Haptic feedback makes “buttons” on the screen provide resistance through the joystick. For 2016, Lexus adds a thumb-activated “Enter” button that helps make the system a bit easier to use. However, this controller still requires drivers to develop a bit of manual dexterity, and that can make it frustrating.
So, does the GS F have what it takes to challenge such heady rivals? From a ride and handling standpoint, yes. The GS F truly is right-now responsive and it makes great sounds. The price is also fairly competitive. Pricing starts at $85,380, which is in line with the Cadillac CTS-V, about $10,000 less than the M5, $17,000 less than the Mercedes-AMG E63 S, and $24,000 less than the RS 7. However, the GS F isn’t nearly as a powerful as any of those rivals.
The fourth F in the Lexus portfolio does the brand proud, but it has some room to grow on the horsepower front if its going to be a true competitor for some of the finest sport sedans on the market.