With the constant search for the balance of efficiency and power along with cramming all of those into emission regulations prompting the use of forced induction with smaller engines into most performance cars, it’s nice to see the 2016 Lexus GS F sports sedan sticking to its roots with a naturally-aspirated V8. With its contemporaries now sporting the small engine, big output design philosophy, the GS F is an old school hot rod performance sports sedan that as demanding as it is comfortable. The GS F is a “get what you give” kind of performing vehicle that’s in a sense, good but at its lofty price tag, the competition’s forced-induction vehicles could just easily beat the GS F both in performance and in value.
Does the Form and Function of the 2016 Lexus GS F Justify its Price?
The 2016 Lexus GS F nails the looks department with an aggressive front end especially with the narrow-design headlights, and the sleek rear end with the lip spoiler. The chrome garnish on the windows kind of give-away that the GS F is a very expensive sedan but still goes along with the overall theme. Under the hood is the star of the show; the 5-liter V8 putting out 467hp and paired to a smooth 8-speed auto.
On the inside of the 2016 GS F, the sporty feel is made clear with a stealthy monochrome black on grey with glossy carbon fiber trim theme. The cabin is a comfortable and pleasant place to consume miles, with supportive buckets, plenty of shoulder and hip room, and clear visibility. The materials exude quality even if the styling is curious at best and downright dissonant in some places.
Driving the 2016 Lexus GS F, the amount of performance you get is equal to the amount of effort you deliver. With a lofty 7100rpm power band and 4800rpm torque range, you need quite a lot of revs in order to squeeze out what the hot rod sedan has to offer. That’s good in a sense that if you’re not ready to handle such power, lower rev ranges keep the cabin comfortable and composed thanks to the chassis’ excellently-controlled body motions. The only downside is cheaper sedans perform equally to the GS F but can be had for way less; the only thing you get is the experience, which for some, is justifiable.
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