Lexus shows GS F sedan ahead of Detroit debut

Lexus will unveil its latest performance model to wear the "F" badge, the GS F, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The new car should not be confused with the currently available GS 350 F Sport that applies F Sport mostly body mods to a six-cylinder GS 350. What's different? Well, under the hood you'll find Lexus' 5.0-liter V8 (467 hp) mated to an eight-speed performance automatic. The suspension is upgraded for performance duty and the unibody will also feature structural reinforcements designed to optimize this sedan’s handling. The Lexus Torque Vectoring Differential (TVD) will also be standard. As the top-of-the GS line, expect almost all of the available Lexus options and safety equipment to be standard. Expect prices (high 5 figures) to reflect the car's equipment level and performance to match BMW's M5 and Mercedes' E-Class from AMG. More to come... Check out the press release and three pics after the jump.

Source: Lexus - Press release after the "read more" jump.

Press Release:
Lexus Announces the Latest Addition to the Daunting 'F' Performance Line: the GS F Sedan

Lexus is yet again showing its sporty disposition and rumbling into Detroit. The luxury vehicle manufacturer has announced the much-anticipated GS F performance sedan, which combines a refined four-door package with the speed and agility of a premium sports car, will be revealed at the North American International Auto Show in the Lexus display at Cobo Center in Detroit. The GS F will be the latest vehicle to join Lexus’ high-performance “F” line that already includes the RC F coupe.
Although the GS 350 F SPORT shares the same platform as the new GS F, they should not be confused. The GS F will have enhancements throughout, including to its engine. Under the hood will be a responsive, naturally-aspirated 5.0-liter V8 that produces a remarkable 467 hp (473 PS )* at 7,100 rpm and peak torque of 389 lb.-ft. (527 Nm)* at 4,800-5,600 rpm. This sophisticated engine uses both Otto and Atkinson combustion cycles to maximize power and efficiency in given situations. Befitting the nature of this high performance sedan, the engine will be mated to a lightning quick eight-speed automatic gearbox with manual-shifting capabilities.

Lexus’ innovative Torque Vectoring Differential (TVD), also found in the RC F, will be part of a long line of standard equipment that’ll make the GS F’s handling stand out from the crowd. The TVD features three operating modes:
  • Standard (default) provides a balance of agility and firmness;
  • Slalom emphasizes nimble steering response and agility; and
  • Track emphasizes control during high-speed circuit driving.
The GS F unibody will also feature structural reinforcements and suspension exclusively designed to optimize this super sedan’s handling envelope without detracting from its ride quality. Drivers will appreciate the GS F’s handling and smoothness on the open highway as well as the sedan’s ability to devour challenging roads, whether they’re winding up the side of a mountain or at a racetrack. The new GS F will offer drivers a very balanced sedan with genuine dual personality, equally adept at trimming lap times and the commute back home.

Preliminary Specifications*                                                                                                                    
Overall length4,915 mm193.5 in.
Overall width1,845 mm72.6 in.
Overall height1,440 mm56.7in.
Wheelbase2,850 mm112.2 in.
Tread (Fr/Rr)1,555 mm/1,560 mm61.2in./61.4 in.
Curb Weight1,830 kg4,034 lb.
Wheels19’’×9J (Fr)
19’’×10J (Rr)
 *All specifications are for the U.S. market

About Lexus
Lexus launched in 1989 with two luxury sedans and a commitment to pursue perfection. Since that time, Lexus has expanded its line-up to meet the needs of global luxury customers. Lexus is now going beyond its reputation for high quality vehicles with the integration of innovative technology, emotional exterior and interior designs, and engaging driving dynamics and performance. With six models incorporating Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader. Lexus also offers eight F SPORT models and one F performance model. In the United States, Lexus vehicles are sold through 234 dealers who are committed to exemplary customer service.