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2017 Lexus GS F REVIEW

Edmunds.com logo Edmunds.com 12/8/2016

Con: Lacks the sheer rapidity of some rivals; limited ability to personalize; fussy infotainment controller.

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Interior: A large, highly functional interior with very good materials and high assembly quality is slightly offset by a unique but awkward infotainment control setup.

A useful variety of interior storage options is offset by a small trunk and a backseat that doesn't fold down, which limits your ability to haul long objects.

Body: Because Lexus has made the GS F its range-topping model, it comes equipped with a long list of standard features. In fact, the only optional features are premium audio, orange-painted brake calipers, polished wheels and a head-up display. All of the performance-related stuff is covered in the base price, including its fancy new continuously variable dampers, known as F-Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) in Lexus-speak.

The GS F is equipped with a non-turbocharged 5.0-liter V8 (467 horsepower, 389 pound-feet of torque) that is backed by an eight-speed automatic transmission. Unlike the RC F coupe, the GS F is offered exclusively with an electronically controlled differential. (The RC F offers this unit as an option over a mechanical Torsen differential, which we prefer.)

Among its long list of standard equipment are 10-way power-adjustable seats, automatic wipers, forged 19-inch wheels, keyless entry and ignition, Lexus Enform Remote (a smartphone app that includes a vehicle finder, remote unlocking and starting, and climate control operation), a power tilt-and-telescope steering wheel, a backup camera, a 12-speaker audio system and navigation.

Driving: The GS F is the quickest GS you can buy, and our experience with the non-F variant as a solid performer with a rewarding driving character bodes well for the even higher-performing GS F.

Active, adaptive variable dampers help the GS F deliver improved ride quality and more control for fast driving.

Rather than an out-and-out performance car, the GS F is expected to shine better on the road than on the track, as is the case with the similar RC F coupe.

What’s New: The Lexus GS F gets continuously variable dampers for 2017.

The GS F is equipped with a non-turbocharged 5.0-liter V8 (467 horsepower, 389 pound-feet of torque) that is backed by an eight-speed automatic transmission. Unlike the RC F coupe, the GS F is offered exclusively with an electronically controlled differential. With 467 horsepower, the GS F is no slouch, though its competition offers even more firepower.

Pro: V8 engine is strong and makes great sounds; sharper and more athletic than lesser GS models; discreet styling; comes standard with plenty of features.

Edmunds Say: The GS F elevates Lexus' sport 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.

Now that the GS F has received continuously variable dampers, one of its primary needs has been addressed. It now promises the kind of latitude in ride quality that it lacked last year. The only other areas of improvement that continue to stand out are the Remote Touch Interface and the few ways to tailor the look and feel of the GS F to your liking.

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