The fact that Lexus chose a racetrack for the launch their 2016 Lexus GS F is a sure sign the Japanese marque is supremely confident its latest and greatest performance sedan is nothing short of a showcase in dynamic ability.
It’s the second full-strength F model Lexus has launched in 12 months, after the RC F coupe arrived in Lexus showrooms in February.
But while the marque has certainly shown interest in developing its F performance sub brand, it hasn’t been with the same intensity as rival operations by Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz or even Jaguar.
In 2007, Lexus launched its first ever performance car, the M3-rivalling IS F, armed with a naturally aspirated 5.0-litre V8 engine developing 311kW and 503Nm of torque.
There were several iterations over the proceeding years, though sadly, production ended in 2014.
The second such F car arrived in 2010, but was an entirely different proposition. Badged LFA, Lexus had created a bona-fide Japanese icon with an even-firing V10 engine and a carbonfibre body. Built in strictly limited numbers, with stellar performance (both on and off the track) and a price tag around $750,000, it was one of the most expensive Japanese cars ever built and quickly became a collector’s favourite.
With the IS F no longer part of the Lexus line-up, the new GS F becomes the only four-door F model offered by Lexus and as such, it represents a rather unique proposition as the only naturally aspirated V8-powered sedan in its segment.
All other rivals – and there aren’t many – employ turbochargers or superchargers to boost performance.