Spyshots: 2015 Lexus GS F Performance Sedan
In the past few weeks, a sexy performance coupe has begun testing in Europe. It's believed to be called the RC F and is based on the brand new 2014 IS sedan, but differs in terms of styling and probably offers a much ore powerful 5-liter V8 engine.
That car is aimed unashamedly at BMW M3 buyers, also at the new M4 coupe coming next year. But everybody knows it's the big boys' toys that grab all the attention, so Lexus' gurus are also working on a midsize performance saloon, like the BMW M5, like the Mercedes E63 AMG and like the Audi RS6/7.
Yes, that's right, the Lexus GS is getting its very first F model. A test prototype GS with quad exhaust has recently been spotted in a secretive test location in Germany. Lexus engineers would rather have kept this car a secret, but it's such a cool car that we can't contain our excitement.
Lexus might not have the reputation of its German rivals, but it's a company with the wind in its sails. Both the new GS and IS have proven very attractive for buyers across the world, and their decision not to adopt diesels and turbos gives them a marketing edge.
We really don't know for sure what the GS F will be like technically, but the we can take a ballpark guess. The most powerful sedan made by Lexus was the LS TMG Edition, a prototype powered by a supercharged 5-liter engine producing 650 PS and 710 Nm of torque.
That might seem a little extreme, but the Japanese automaker needs at least 600 horsepower to achieve bragging rights against the Germans, which all promise somewhere in the region of 580 PS.
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