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2019 Lexus GS F Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Amratya Nigam Automotive Journalist Updated on: October 29, 2019


Lexus was once said to be the Mercedes of Japanese land. Very exuberant, luxurious and something that always oozed a hefty class. However, now it feels like a ninja has struck their R&D center with a katana, and the cars coming out right now are sharper, meaner and more performance-hungry than its predecessors.

Lexus has done nothing but impressed since 2011 when the LFA, their first sports car, took everyone by surprise. From a brand that excelled in bringing top-notch luxury at your doorstep was now also able to conquer the tracks as well. Though limited, the LFA went on to become a legend it is today. Treading on the same lines, Lexus has now smartly integrated a lot of performance under the 2019 Lexus GS F's hood as well. The "F" here simply translates to "Fast" just so you don't forget that amidst the luxury cocooning you, there's a fire-breather waiting to let loose.

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Pros

Sonorous exhaust note of the V8 motor

Impeccable handling dynamics

Interior is finished with premium materials

Cons

Slow shifting transmission

Rivals offer better performance

Rear seats cannot be folded down

What's New?

Addition of a 10th anniversary limited edition in the trim lineup


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$84600

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

303 cu.in.

horsepower

467 hp @ 7100 rpm

torque

389 lbs.-ft @ 4800 rpm

transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

61.2/61.4

dimensions

wheelbase

112.2 in.

length

193.5 in.

width

72.6 in.

height

56.7 in.

curb weight

4034 lbs.

ground clearance

5.1 in.

capacity

passenger volume

34.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

14 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

16/19/24 mpg

highway range

417.6 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr. / 70000 mi.

powertrain warranty

72 months. / 70000

corrosion warranty

6 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. / Unlimited


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Styles

 2019 Lexus GS F in Atomic Silver color  2019 Lexus GS F in Caviar color  2019 Lexus GS F in Eminent White Pearl color  2019 Lexus GS F in Liquid Platinum color  2019 Lexus GS F in Matador Red Mica color  2019 Lexus GS F in Nightfall Mica color  2019 Lexus GS F in Black Obsidian color  2019 Lexus GS F in Smoky Granite Mica color
Atomic Silver

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Ratings

Features

5.5

Interior

7.5

7.5

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Lexus GS F Base

Base

power
467 hp @ 7100 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
19 combined

$84,600


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan (5.0L 8cyl 8A) Starting at $84,600 MSRP (16/19/24) 467 hp @ 7100 rpm, 5 L, V-8, premium unleaded (required)
8-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 5   Matte Nebula Gray
  Smoky Granite Mica
  Matador Red Mica
  Caviar
  Ultrasonic Blue Mica 2.)
  Atomic Silver
  Flare Yellow

Expert Review

7.5

Overall Rating


Carried over from the standard GS sedan, the 2019 Lexus GS F is the performance variant of the same. It's power figures get bumped up to 467 hp, and it also brings along a host of other sporty upgrades such as the stiffened suspension setup, better tires and a lot more. It's extravagant price tag of $84,350, is more than its rivals in the mid-performance saloon segment. Let's see if the 2019 Lexus GS F sedan can topple the empire created by some renowned vehicles such as Mercedes-Benz E 43 AMG, BMW M550i xDrive and Audi S6.
 

2019 Lexus GS F
2019 Lexus GS F
2019 Lexus GS F
2019 Lexus GS F

5.5/10
Features

 
 
 

7.5/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2019 Lexus GS F Features

5.5/10

The 2019 Lexus GS F is bundled as a single trim and comes equipped with all the bells and whistles one could expect from a car worth $84,350. It sports a huge 5-liter V8 engine, which produces 467 horsepower and uses an 8-speed automatic transmission to send the power to the rear wheels. This car also gets Torque-vectoring technology for the rear differential, and to further enhance its handling, it gets an Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) system as well that shuffles between supple and stiff settings in a moment’s notice. 

Trim

Lexus GS F

MSRP

$84,350

Key

Features

Torque-vectoring rear differential

 

Adaptive sport-tuned suspension

 

Sport steering

 

Brembo brakes

 

Aerodynamic enhancements and special styling

 

Auto-dimming mirrors

 

Xenon headlights

 

Automatic high beams

 

LED running lights

 

Automatic wipers

 

Adaptive cruise control

 

Power-adjustable front seats with memory functions

 

Forward collision warning with pedestrian detection

 

12-speaker sound system

 

Lexus Enform

 

Remote Touch infotainment interface with a 12.3-inch display

 

Power-adjustable steering wheel

 

Lane-keeping assist

 

Automatic emergency braking

 

Leather upholstery

We Recommend

With the car being available in only one trim, there is not much to choose from here. However, the GS F is an expensive car, even without the optional extras, such as a heads-up display, painted brake calipers, etc. Only tick the options you need, and you'll have a good deal in your hands.

2019 Lexus GS F Engine and Performance

Add more power and the Lexus GS F could stare down any high-performance sport sedan from Germany. –Car Connection

In the league of turbocharged and supercharged motors, Lexus still sticks to its trusted and reliable 5.0L, naturally aspirated V8 unit that produces 467 horses and throws a force of 389 lb-ft on the crank. As impressive as the numbers might seem to you, the power band is on the linear side and it doesn't really excite the spirited driver in you. All this power is channeled to the rear wheels via an 8-speed automatic torque converter unit which, yet again, isn't very eager to shift. Unlike the slick-shifting DSG (Dual-clutch) units found on its German rivals, this torque converter unit on the Lexus GS F is a sluggish one.

2019 Lexus GS F Engine
2019 Lexus GS F Engine Bay (5.0L, Naturally Aspirated, V8)

The engine is not the most powerful unit out there but still manages to overpower the immediate competition. The transmission, however, is a factor that withholds the engine from its true capabilities. The Lexus GS F, as such, is slower than the others but is also smoother and more refined. The power is sent to the rear wheels via a torque vectoring system, which changes the amount of power reaching the individual wheels, further improving grip and handling.

Models

Lexus GS F

Mercedes-Benz AMG E 43 4MATIC

BMW M550i xDrive Sedan

Audi S6

MSRP

$84,350

$71,600

$73,900

$71,900

Engine

5.0L, Naturally Aspirated V8

Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded 3.0L, V6

Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded 4.4 L, V8

Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded 4.0 L, V8 

Transmission

8-speed Sports Direct-Shift automatic transmission

AMG-enhanced 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission

8-speed Steptronic Sport Automatic transmission with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters

7-speed S Tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission

Horsepower

467hp @ 7,100

396hp @ 6,100 rpm

456hp @ 5,500 rpm

450hp @ 5,800 rpm

Torque

389 lb.-ft. @ 4,800 rpm

384 lb.-ft. @ 2,500 rpm

480 lb.-ft. @ 1,800 rpm

406 lb.-ft. @ 1,400 rpm

Judging by the numbers, it's the Lexus that takes the crown for the winning position with its maximum power figures, which is then closely followed by the Audi. The M550i takes the third position and the Merc loses out completely here with almost 100 horses less than the rest. However, the Bimmer packs the maximum punch in the lot as it has more torque than everyone else.

Acceleration

Though the 5.0L, V8 motor has a flattened powerband, it still manages to clear the 60 MPH mark in just 4.5 seconds which is respectable for a four-door sedan. If you aim for the quarter-mile mark, the GS F can do the sprint in just 12.8 seconds making it one of the fastest accelerating cars in its segment.

White 2019 Lexus GS F acceleration
2019 Lexus GS F Acceleration

Imagine the havoc this Lexus would wreak if it had a better gearbox. Though it is pretty calm and smooth on the tarmac, it lacks the sheer excitement that you'd expect from a car that belongs to the performance sedan segment. 

Models

Lexus GS F

Mercedes-Benz AMG E 43 4MATIC

BMW M550i xDrive Sedan

Audi S6

0-60 MPH

4.5 sec

4.5 sec

3.9 sec

4.4 sec

Quarter mile

12.8 sec

13.1 sec

12.3 sec

13.3 sec

Engine

5.0L

3.0L

4.4L

4.0L

Emission

(Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

9.3

8.4

9.3

9.8

The BMW M550i is quicker than the Lexus Sedan in both the 0 to 60 mph run and the quarter-mile timings. The Mercedes E 43 AMG ties with the Lexus in acceleration owing to its short gearing, but falls a little short of the latter in the quarter-mile time due to lack of power. The Audi S6 focuses more on luxury than performance. It is faster to the 60-mph mark but posts a slower quarter-mile time.

Ride and Handling

The handling of the Lexus is amazingly good, with great feedback from both the steering, as well as the pedals. Steering doesn’t bounce around too much when the wheels encounter a bump, which is a boon when driving around on less than perfect roads. The suspension setup also narrates a similar story. It is perfectly balanced and absorbs the bumps fairly well, of course, as per performance sedan standards.

Come to spirited driving and the Lexus just barely manages to match its German rivals. The BMW and the Merc feel more planted at high speeds, courtesy of the stiffer suspension setup. Yes, you might not be able to throw the GS-F into a corner blindly, but lean into it gradually and it surely would excite the spirited driver in you. All that said, the Lexus is one of the better buys if you value comfortable drives as much as track days.

Braking

The braking in the Lexus GS F is handled by 14.9-inch and 13.6-inch steel disk brakes crescented with Brembo calipers in the front and rear respectively. Combined with a moderate curb weight of a little over 4,000 pounds, it is a light car, taking 110 feet to brake from 60 to 0 mph.

2019 Lexus GS F tire
2019 Lexus GS-F Front Alloy Wheel with 14.9-inch Disc Rotor

The bite from the brakes is pretty confidence-inspiring however, they are no match to the M550i's surefootedness. There is a considerable dive at the front under heavy braking applications. However, come to the twisties and Lexus's safety systems make sure you come out of the curve with a wide grin on your face. That said, we'd have surely loved some more bite from the brakes. 

Model

Lexus GS F

Mercedes-Benz AMG E 43 4MATIC

BMW M550i xDrive Sedan

Audi S6

Brake Front (in.)

14.9

14.2

13.5

15.7

Brake Rear (in.)

13.6

14.2

13.5

14.0

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4034

4145

4372

4398

60-0 MPH (ft.)

110

109

107

112

Surprisingly, it's the 4372-pound BMW M550i that takes the crown for the best stopping distance. Despite being the lightest of the lot here and also having bigger brakes, the Lexus GS-F barely manages to defeat the Audi here. 

2019 Lexus GS F Fuel Economy

When looking at fuel economy figures, you can understand why the automotive industry is shifting towards forced induction. The biggest drawback of a naturally aspirated engine is the efficiency, and Lexus suffers from the same flaw. It manages to run for 16 miles on a gallon in the city, while on the Highway, it can squeeze up to 24 miles on a gallon.

Model

Lexus GS F

Mercedes-Benz AMG E 43 4MATIC

BMW M550i xDrive Sedan

Audi S6

MPG (city)

16

19

16

16

MPG (highway)

24

25

25

24

MPG (combined)

20

22

20

20

The BMW and the Audi pull the same efficiency figures as the Lexus, which is quite a disappointed feat on their part. The Mercedes however, offers better mileage, managing 3 extra miles in the city and 1 on the highway as compared to the GS F.

2019 Lexus GS F Interior

7.5/10

Sporty touches, rich materials, and room for five make the GS F an appealing performance car that can accommodate the family. –Car Connection

Seating and Comfort

Lexus brand name has been synonymous with comfort for many years and will continue to be so for many years to come. The GS F has plenty of room in the front seats as well as the back seats, although the rear legroom could have been better. That’s the sacrifice Lexus made, maneuverability in exchange for rear legroom. It can seat a total of five passengers, although, for utmost comfort, it’s best you seat four.

2019 Lexus GS F front seat
2019 Lexus GS F Front Seats

Talking about fit and finish, you get loads of leather accentuated surfaces everywhere. Be it the front seats, the rear ones, the dashboard or even the doors of the GS F, there's leather all around. The front seats also add to the premium quotient with some exotic features such as 10-way power adjustability, heating, and ventilating traits. In case you want the GS F to remember your seating postiion then Lexus has also stuffed that feature in right here. You get two memory functions as standard.

Model

Lexus GS F

Mercedes-Benz AMG E 43 4MATIC

BMW M550i xDrive Sedan

Audi S6

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.9/57.2/40.6

37.9/57.8/41.3

38.8/58.7/41.4

37.2/57.5/41.3

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.8/55.7/32.8

38.2/56.9/35.8

37.5/55.9/36.5

37.8/56.3/37.4

The other cars in this comparison, i.e., the BMW, Audi, and Mercedes, offer better cabin space. The interiors are better too, although this isn’t to say that the GS F is a cheaply built car. It’s just that the Japanese manufacturer is not in the same ballpark as the Germans regarding build quality.

Cargo Capacity

Rear wheel drive cars seldom have proper trunks, especially because of all the mechanism that has to fit in the back. The GS F, however, fits a decent amount of luggage into the trunk, which means two large bags with little space to spare. A volume of 14.0-cu.ft to be precise. Unlike a few of its rivals, there is no provision to fold the rear seats down. As a consolation though, you do get a foldable rear armrest that serves as a see-through passage from the trunk - suitable for lengthy items, say a fishing rod or a golf club.

2019 Lexus GS F trunk space
2019 Lexus GS F Cargo Capacity

The Lexus GS F is a low set car, which could require you to bend quite a lot in order to arrange the luggage in a proper manner in the trunk. The tailgate, otherwise, lifts pretty high, but there is only so much you can expect from a performance sedan. Further worsening the experience, the narrow opening of the trunk requires you to lift large items at a considerable height before loading. However, the tailgate is powered and requires just a slight nudge on the button to shut down.

Model

Lexus GS F

Mercedes-Benz AMG E 43 4MATIC

BMW M550i xDrive Sedan

Audi S6

Trunk Volume (ft.3)

14

13.1

18.7

14.1

The BMW M550i offers the most amount of space, surprisingly huge for a car of such mediocre dimensions. It can fit a full, packed tent in the back, along with some other equipment. The Mercedes and Audi offer just as much space in the boot as the Lexus.

Infotainment System

The entertainment duties in the GS F is handled by a 12.3-inch multi-display screen, coupled with a separate touchpad controller. The interface feels reasonably intuitive but the mouselike controller pad between the seats can sometimes confuse you. In some conditions, you might even have to take your eyes off the road which is hazardous.

2019 Lexus GS F infotainment
2019 Lexus GS F 12.3-inch Infotainment System

The standard 12-speaker sound system in the GS F sounds just fine. However, to add more oomph factor to the cabin, Lexus also provides an option of a 17-speaker, 835-watt unit from Mark Levinson which is the real deal. We need not tell you that picking this sound system over the conventional one would add more money to the MSRP of the vehicle. That said, other standard options coupled with the infotainment system are:

  • Satellite Radio W/Real-Time Traffic Satellite Radio
  • SD Card Slot
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Bluetooth music streaming with Siri Eyes Free
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • USB with External Media Control
  • Amazon Alexa Voice Assistant

Interior Features

Lexus has added a plethora of bells and whistles inside the GS F's cabin that justifies its extra premium in the price, over its rivals. Some of such highlights inside the Lexus's cabin are

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control with cabin air filter
  • Heated and ventilated 10-way power-adjustable front high-back sport seats
  • Power Moonroof
  • Perforated leather interior trim
  • Power tilt and telescopic steering with paddle shifters
  • Black Carbon fiber interior trim
  • Push-button Start/Stop
  • Lexus branded analog watch
2019 Lexus GS F cockpit area
2019 Lexus GS F cockpit area
2019 Lexus GS F rear seat
2019 Lexus GS F rear seat
2019 Lexus GS F
2019 Lexus GS F
2019 Lexus GS F interior
2019 Lexus GS F interior
2019 Lexus GS F steering
2019 Lexus GS F steering
2019 Lexus GS F
2019 Lexus GS F

2019 Lexus GS F Exterior

The Lexus GS F builds on the base sedan’s elegant looks with thoughtful but aggressive aerodynamic features and sporty interior cues. –Car Connection

Dimensions and weight

Unmistakably a Lexus, thanks to the GS F's menacing blackened grill, it gives it a stand out presence among the rivals. Heavily inspired by the Lexus GS, obviously, the GS "F" further adds a wider body kit to the already existing sedan. It also features various air scoops here and there to enable the passage of more air to the V8 motor under the hood. Apart from it, the overall stance of the car is quite conservative, however, some curvy creases along the sides of the car set it apart from the meaner looking Germans.

white 2019 Lexus GS F side view
2019 Lexus GS F Side View

The Lexus is a four-door sedan of moderate dimensions. It is the lightest and the most compact amongst the competition and also has adequate ground clearance, although off-roading adventures are a strict no-no for this sedan. It also has the smallest wheelbase in the class, which sacrifices cabin space for maneuverability, but not significantly.

Model

Lexus GS F

Mercedes-Benz AMG E 43 4MATIC

BMW M550i xDrive Sedan

Audi S6

Curb weight (lbs.)

4034

4145

4372

4398

Length(in)

193.5

194.6

195.4

194.4

Width(in)

72.6

73.2

73.5

73.8

Height(in)

56.7

57

57.9

56.8

Ground clearance (in)

5.1

4.8

5.1

4.6

Wheelbase (in)

112.2

115.7

117.1

114.8

Track width (in) F/R

61.2/61.4

64.1/62.9

63/62.9

63.6/63.2

The Audi S6 is the heaviest car here, while BMW is the largest. All the three German Sedan favor luxury over performance to varying degrees, and thus have more electronics onboard than the Lexus, which is the primary reason for their extra weight. Also, the GS F is the smallest car here.

Exterior Features

The Lexus is a very striking and unique car, which you might either love or hate. The headlamp design is extremely polarizing, and so is the tailgate design. Some of the distinguishing exterior features of the GS F are:

  • Daytime running LED exterior lights
  • 19-inch forged wheels
  • Aerodynamic body kit
  • Triple beam LED headlamps
  • Quad-tip exhaust
  • Carbon fiber rear spoiler
  • All LED taillamps
2019 Lexus GS F front view
2019 Lexus GS F front view
2019 Lexus GS F
2019 Lexus GS F
2019 Lexus GS F front view
2019 Lexus GS F front view
Lexus GS F
2019 Lexus GS F rear view
2019 Lexus GS F rear view
Lexus GS F rear view
Lexus GS F rear view
2019 Lexus GS F side view
2019 Lexus GS F side view

2019 Lexus GS F Safety

The Lexus GS F comes loaded with a host of safety features as standard. It gets 10 airbags, including driver and front passenger knee airbag and rear side airbags. Some of the other standard feature are listed below:

  • Rearview camera
  • Automatic high beams
  • Lane departure warning with steering assist
  • Lane keep assist
  • Pre-collision system
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Parking sensors
  • Head-up display

2019 Lexus GS F Competition

2019 Lexus GS F Vs. Mercedes-Benz AMG E 43 4MATIC

Mercedes and AMG together used to make some of the most wonderful cars on the road. The luxury and power combo is hard to beat, and so is the brand image. Pull up in an AMG Mercedes, and you gain instant respect. However, times are changing, and people now want something more, something unique. The E 43 AMG isn’t very unique and its aging design loses out on the exclusivity factor.

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 43 4MATIC
2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 43 4MATIC

2019 Lexus GS F Vs. BMW M550i xDrive Sedan

BMW used to be the epitome of performance cars, the one example you would always cite to your buddies during a motorhead conversation. It has specially engineered the M550i to offer just a little more than what all its rivals do. Petty, but very effective strategy, as this is the best car in the segment currently. But, in typical BMW fashion, it has a harsh ride quality and steering that requires massive bicep strength. Still, it is the car for people who love to drive.

2019 BMW M550i xDrive Sedan
2019 BMW M550i xDrive

2019 Lexus GS F Vs. Audi S6

The Audi S6 is perhaps the most luxury vehicle you can have for this price, as it is unmatched in every area related to comfort. The magic carpet ride, the smooth, jerk-free gearbox, the unhurried engine pace, all scream comfort. The interior space is also plenty, and if you prefer to be driven around most of the time, then this is the perfect car for the job.

2019 Audi S6 side view
2019 Audi S6

2019 Lexus GS F Final Verdict

The Lexus GS F is a phenomenal car that does everything a car should and then more. It is comfortable, engaging to drive, is quick enough to be exciting, and will definitely garner attention everywhere it goes. The main clincher though is the price. It commands a $10,000 strong premium over its German rivals. The expense is hard to justify, unless if you are a real enthusiast and want to buy one of the few remaining cars to offer a big naturally aspirated engine, the last of a dying breed. If only it had ceramic brakes, but that’s a story for another day.

2019 Lexus GS F Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is the 2019 Lexus GS F All-wheel-drive?

No, the 2019 Lexus GS F is offered as a rear-wheel-drive sedan only.

Is the 2019 Lexus GS F Turbocharged?

No, actually the Lexus GS F is among the very few vehicles to feature a naturally aspirated, 5.0L, V8 motor under the hood.

How many configurations are offered with the Lexus GS F?

The Lexus GS F is bundled as just one single trim. However, there are a few optional equipments that you can choose from.

Does the 2019 Lexus GS F come with a warranty?

Yes, the Lexus GS F is backed by a 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty. For more information on this front, please head over to the features tab on the top of this page.