2017 Lexus GS F

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Detailed Review

Prior to last year's dull performance, Lexus was determined to shut up its critics with a new attitude and performance. With a potent engine, lithe looks, and upgraded agility, the GS F is Lexus's best executive car in the market today. Although, it has the athleticism to surpass its rivals it lacks the necessary power to actually pull this off.

With a sticker price of $83,940, the car is backed with a 5L V8 engine. The V8 is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission which transfers the engine's power to the rear wheels of the car. The engine drills out a 467 hp of power and 389-pound-feet of torque. Well, this power might be impressive but lacks the muscle prowess from its direct opponents like Cadillac CTS-V sedan, Mercedes-Benz E63 S, and Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.


7.6/10
Features

 

8.1/10
Engine

 

6.5/10
Fuel Economy

 

6.4/10
Interior

 

8.1/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

The brand new continuous variable dampers blessed the usual GS F with a new driving outlook. Earlier the cabin endured the maximum ill effects from the bumpy roads, which hampered both the drivability and comfort. But now the 2017 Lexus GS F sedan has overcome its prime adversity. However, it still needs some touches to further personalize the handling and tone down the aggressive drive.

2017 Lexus GS F Features

7.6/10

Lexus was determined to make GS F its top dog in the sedan section and indeed it did. They went all in with this car, almost every major feature considered for the GS series comes standard on the GS F, so you can buy the car as it’s offered. The $83,940 price makes it an offspring of the midsize luxury sedan. You get the Lexus Enform Remote, telescopic steering, navigation and the much awaited Lexus Adaptive Variable Suspension for this year’s sedan.

Trims

GS F Sedan

MSRP

$83,940

Features

Navigation
12-speaker audio system
Backup camera
Power tilt-and-telescope steering wheel
Lexus Enform Remote P
Keyless entry and ignition
Forged 19-inch wheels
Automatic wipers
10-way power-adjustable seats
Electronically controlled differential

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Though all the major features are already covered in the GS F, you can still add a little spice with optional orange-painted brake calipers, polished wheels heads-up display, and a premium audio setup.

2017 Lexus GS F Engine

8.1/10

The GS F elevates Lexus' sports sedan game to its highest level yet. By borrowing the high-performance V8 from its RC F coupe and revising its brakes and suspension, Lexus has infused plenty of attitude into the 2017 GS F. - Edmunds

Engine and transmission

The Lexus GS F is backed with a 5.0 L V8 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. This powerplant pumps out 467 hp of power and 389-pound-feet of torque. The rear wheels of the car again this power to torque its way through the tarmac.

Models

Lexus  GS F Sedan

Cadillac CTS-V Sedan

Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S

Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

MSRP

$83,940

$86,000

$104,400

$67,040

Engine

5.0L 8cyl

6.2L (376 ci) supercharged V8 DI

4.0L V8 Biturbo

6.2L Supercharged HEMI V8 SRT

Transmission

8-speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

9-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Power

467 hp

640 hp

603 hp

707 hp

Torque

389 lb-ft

630 lb-ft

627 lb-ft

645 lb-ft

With its $83,940 price tag, the sedan becomes an economical car for the section. However, the lower price comes at the expense of power. Compared to the GS F, the competitors are backed with unlimited power, the nearest rival to the Lexus the Cadillac CTS-V which is roughly $2,000 up on price but features a beastly 640 hp of power. Similarly, the  Mercedes Benz AMG E63 S and the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat are way to powerful for the Lexus to compete against.

Acceleration

Though the GS F can speed off in a blip of the needle, it’s not enough to beat its adversaries. From a standstill, the car races off to 60 mph speed in 4.5 seconds. The car takes 12.8 seconds to complete the quarter mile run.

Models

Lexus  GS F Sedan

Cadillac CTS-V Sedan

Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S

Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

0-60 MPH

4.5 sec

3.7 sec

3.3 sec

3.4 sec

Quarter mile

12.8 sec

11.9 sec

12.1 sec

11.2 sec

Engine

5.0L

6.2L

4.0L

6.2L

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

9.3

10.4

8.4

11.0

Lexus matched the engine size but it is tuned down to a manageable power. The 4.5-second performance feels good for the class but the competitors have raised the bar long before. The E63 S is crowned the fasted in this contest followed by the SRT Hellcat and CTS-V sedan just a tad away.

Ride and Handling

Practically, the new model is the quickest GS till now, but it's more suited for the road than for the track. Driving it you will find predictability as this cars best feature. The light steering wheel makes parking easier but on high speeds, it loses road feedback. The 3 drive modes eco, normal and sport, modulates all the vehicular senses to make diving dynamic on every push. The adaptive dampers elevated the ride quality and killed the germ of a bumpy ride.

Braking

The large braking discs have a good bite and the firm brake calipers aids in hard braking on high speeds. The aluminum chassis cuts down on weight but sadly the car took 117 feet to stop from a speed of 60 mph. It’s a nice number but not enough for the class Lexus aims to conquer.

Model

Lexus  GS F Sedan

Cadillac CTS-V Sedan

Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S

Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

Brake Front(in)

15.0

15.3

15.4

15.4

Brake Rear(in)

13.6

14.3

14.2

13.8

Curb Weight(lbs)

4034

4141

4515

4575

60-0 MPH (ft.)

117

99.0

102

107

Despite the larger brakes, the Lexus GS F’s 117 feet performance is not quite impressive as its rivals. Cars with similar braking prowess like the Cadillac CTS-V halt in less than a 100 feet. The E 63 S takes 102 feet and the Dodge Charger takes 107 feet to halt from 60 mph, stepping over the GS F’s game.

2017 Lexus GS F Fuel Economy

6.5/10

A midsize luxury shopper might not be bothered with efficiency but it’s a crucial tangent to explore. The GS F produces a 16 mpg of city mileage which isn't that glamorous, but the car balance out this performance with 24 mpg of highway mileage. Combine the sedan delivers a subpar 19 mpg mileage.

Model Lexus  GS F Sedan Cadillac CTS-V Sedan Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
MPG (City) 16 14 19 13
MPG (Highway) 24 21 25 22
MPG (Combined) 19 17 21 16

In the efficiency territory, the GS F seems pretty mediocre, there are some cars which are more efficient and others less. Where the Charger SRT is the least efficient car with 16 mpg combined mileage the AMG E63 S delivers an impressive 21 mpg combined mileage.

2017 Lexus GS F Interior

6.4/10

The cabin of the 2018 Lexus GS is sophisticated and sumptuous. Seating is cushy and adult-friendly in both rows, and trunk space is plentiful.  -Cars. usnews

Seating and Comfort

The angry exterior communicates power and aggression but from the inside, the car breaths luxury and comfort. The dash, air conditioning, and all the other functions are built on a horizontal blueprint. The front seats receive the 10-way power adjustable seats with a comfortable 38.8-inch headroom and 40.2-inch legroom area. But the rear passengers do not enjoy a similar sense of comfort.

Model Lexus  GS F Sedan Cadillac CTS-V Sedan Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 38.9/57.2/40.2 40.4/56.9/45.7 37.9/57.8/41.3 38.6/59.5/41.8
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 37.8/55.7/35.8 37.5/54.8/35.4 38.2/56.9/35.8 36.6/57.9/40.1

Each car in the lot can harbor 5 people featuring similar cabin space and seating comfort.

Infotainment System

The 12.3-inch infotainment screen might sound ginormous but it’s the Achilles heel for this impeccable machine. The computer mouse-like controller is distracting and awkward to use, creating a roadblock for comfortable driving. Other than this the car features a wealth of features like Bluetooth connectivity, Radio, DVD player, voice commands, navigation and more.

Cargo Volume

The sedan tailgate has a nice opening with 14 cubic feet of cargo volume. Enough space for you and your family to throw in a couple of bags for your weekend escapade. However, it lacks the rear seat foldability which bounds the car to accommodate longer objects.

Model   Lexus  GS F Sedan Cadillac CTS-V Sedan Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
Volume (ft cube) 14.0 13.7 13.1 16.1

The Lexus GS F’s cargo space is mildly above average, both the Cadillac CTS-V and the AMG E63 S features a smaller boot space, on the other hand, the Dodge Charger comes with a much larger 16.1 cubic feet trunk.

2017 Lexus GS F Exterior

8.1/10

Not for the shy, the new Lexus GS luxury performance sedan is a boldly styled piece of road-going art. It leads with an aggressive front-end treatment with an oversized grille, deep chin spoiler and intense expression. - KBB

Dimensions and Weight

The GS F is particularly more aggressive looking than your usual GS. The Lexus oversized spindle grill rocks the front end of the car with daytime running LED lights abetting in its taut stance. The muscular lines infuse a bold character and the long chin spoiler makes the finish more refined. The GS F is 193 inches in length, 72.6 inches in width, and 56.7 inches tall, might not be the biggest but this sedan is quite sizable. If we talk about the weight the aluminum chassis makes it lighter, 4024 pounds to be precise.

Model Lexus  GS F Sedan Cadillac CTS-V Sedan Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
Curb weight(lbs) 4024 4141 4515 4575
Length(in) 193.5 197.6 196.4 200.8
Width(in) 72.6 72.2 75.1 75.0
Height(in) 56.7 57.2 56.6 58.2
Ground clearance(in) 5.1 5.0 5.0 4.6
Wheelbase(in) 112.2 114.6 115.7 120.4
Track width(in) F/R 61.2/61.4 62.1/61.2 64.9/62.8 63.4/63.7

Park all 4 in a line and you will find the SRT Hellcat the more well-rounded car, its inches longer and taller than all its competitors. However, the GS F features the highest ground clearance. Apart from that its inches shorter in length but matches the width and height of other rivals.

2017 Lexus GS F Safety

Safety Features

Although the Lexus GS F sedan has not yet been crash-tested in the United States, it still consists a set of active safety features like collision warning, Lexus Safety+ system, adaptive cruise control and more including -

  • Pre-Collision System With Pedestrian Detection
  • High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Intelligent High-Beam Headlamps
  • Lane Departure Alert
  • Service Connect
  • Safety Connect
  • 10 Airbags

2017 Lexus GS F Competition

Lexus GS F vs Cadillac CTS-V Sedan

Both Japan and America wants to conquer the mid-sized luxury segment. Where one has powered the other comes with the right price. The punchy V8 on the Lexus GS F sure creates a monstrous roar but it lacks the necessary power which the Cadillac possess. Both are spacious and practical vehicles, your choice of car will largely depend on your preference of power, but to state the obvious, adding a little more dough will land you a more functional car with 173 more ponies. So, the Cadillac is the obvious choice.

Lexus GS F vs Mercedes Benz AMG E63 S

Both the Lexus GS F and the Mercedes AMG E 63 S are your way to the mid-size luxury cars. Both have the right power, price, and the sedan’s practicality, but there is a difference. The E63 S  is a pricey car with a big engine, well the Lexus has the same but on a downsized ratio. On the other hand, Mercedes’s plush interior outshines the Lexus and its COMAND infotainment is way more intuitive. If budget is not an issue than the AMG E63 S is your ideal car.

Lexus GS F vs Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

This car is the king of the hill for the midsized luxury sedans and it’s not because of its sharp maneuverability, muscle car persona, or practical aspect, but the sheer power of the V8. While the Lexus toned down its V8, Dodge unlocked its hidden power. The only place where the Lexus wins is its comfortable environment and easy going attitude. Priced lower than the Lexus its more of a muscle car than a practical sedan. Hence, for the sake of practicality Lexus might be the right choice but power junkies will prefer the Hellcat for sure

2017 Lexus GS F Final Verdict

The 2017 Lexus GS F brings you enhanced drivability, comfort, and the peace of mind Lexus buyers enjoy. This car is truly a progress from the last year GS F. The long-awaited adaptive variable suspension makes the ride more comfortable and the drive modes make driving more precise. The cabin is fairly crafted to deliver the maximum comfort, but the bulk of it was reserved for the front seats. As a luxury sedan, the car is rightly priced but missed out on delivering the right firepower.

Pros

Peppy Engine

Athletic handling

Bold styling

Cons

Distracting infotainment

Limited scope to personalize your ride

Limited scope to personalize your ride

What's New?

Lexus Safety System+

All new continuous variable dampers


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$83940

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

143 mph

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

303 cu. in.

horsepower

241 hp @ 5800 rpm

torque

389 lb.-ft. @ 4800 rpm

transmission

8-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front double wishbone suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

12.2 in. ventilated disc brakes/13.1 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

112.2 in.

length

192.1 in.

width

72.4 in.

height

57.3 in.

curb weight

3805 lbs.

ground clearance

5.1 in.

capacity

passenger volume

90.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

14 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.4 sec.

standing ¼-mile

12.8 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

173 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

16/19/24 mpg

highway range

417.6 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

6 years/70000 miles

corrosion warranty

6 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

yes



Styles

 2017 Lexus GS F in Smoky Granite Mica color  2017 Lexus GS F in Matador Red Metallic color  2017 Lexus GS F in Liquid Platinum color  2017 Lexus GS F in Caviar color  2017 Lexus GS F in Atomic Silver color
Smoky Granite Mica

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Ratings

Features

7.6

Engine

8.1

Fuel Economy

6.5

Interior

6.4

Exterior

8.1

Driving

9.6

7.7

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Lexus GS F 4dr Sedan

4dr Sedan

power
241 hp @ 5800 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
19 combined

$83,940


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan (5.0L 8cyl 8A) Starting at $83,940 MSRP (16/19/24) 241 hp @ 5800 rpm, 5 L, V8, premium unleaded (required)
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8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5 NA

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