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by Tim Beissmann

Lexus is reportedly considering an LFA-inspired high-performance version of its GS large luxury sedan to take on the BMW M5.

 

UK website Autocar quoted a Lexus insider at last week’s Los Angeles Auto Show who admitted the Japanese manufacturer “would love” to unleash a GS F production car to rival the likes of the M5, Mercedes-Benz’s E63 AMG and Audi’s RS6.

Autocar believes the GS F – if it were to be produced – would be powered by a slightly detuned version of the Lexus LFA supercar’s 4.8-litre V10 engine. It says the GS F’s engine would have a capacity of 4.6 litres and generate around 335kW of power – down from the LFA’s 412kW peak power output.

The new BMW M5 – destined for Australian showrooms in February/March next year – is powered by a 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8. The M5 produces exactly the same amount of power as the LFA, but a whopping 200Nm of additional torque.

With the Lexus GS F far from confirmed for production, however, the best bet for Australian Lexus fans in the short term is the GS 350 F Sport (pictured), which arrives in Australia early in the second quarter of 2012 (around April/May).

The GS 350 F Sport gets the standard car’s 3.5-litre V6, good for 233kW and 376Nm, and capable of accelerating from 0-100km/h in 6.0 seconds.

As we reported earlier this month, the GS 350 F Sport variant benefits from the new Lexus Dynamic Handling System with four-wheel steering, Drive Mode Select system with unique ‘Sport Plus’ setting, a revised sports suspension tune and a host of interior and exterior design enhancements.

Official Australian pricing and specification details will be confirmed closer to the launch of the all-new Lexus GS in the second quarter of 2012.




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