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Styling Size-Up: Lexus GS F vs. BMW M5, Cadillac CTS-V, Mercedes E63

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 1/10/2015 Jason Udy
Lexus GS F, Mercedes-Benz E 63 AMG, BMW M5, Cadillac CTS-V Styling Size-Up: Lexus GS F vs. BMW M5, Cadillac CTS-V, Mercedes E63

Lexus has just revealed details of its highest-performing premium midsize sedan: the 2016 Lexus GS F, which is powered by the RC F coupe ’s direct- and port-injected 5.0-liter V-8 making 467 hp and 389 lb-ft of torque. Although the naturally aspirated 2016 Lexus GS F doesn’t quite have the power to compete with the twin-turbo 575-hp, 500-lb-ft BMW M5 and 575-hp, 590-lb-ft Mercedes-AMG E63 sedans or the recently unveiled supercharged 640-hp, 630-lb-ft 2016 Cadillac CTS-V sedan, we can still compare Lexus' range-topping sport sedan to those cars from a styling standpoint.

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Up front, the 2016 Lexus GS F sports the automaker’s aggressive spindle grille with honeycomb mesh insert. That grille is framed by adaptive headlights, L-shaped LED daytime running lights and two large lower fascia air intakes. The BMW M5 continues on with the latest interpretation of its twin-kidney bean-shaped grille and quad-round headlights with halo rings and three lower fascia openings, while the Mercedes-AMG E63 sports a large three-pointed star in the center of its wide, rounded grille. The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V sports a large hexagonal grille up from with mesh insert, along with a lower lip and heat extractor hood.

Like the CTS-V, the Lexus GS F has a large vertical fender vent aft of the front wheels. The M5 has a smaller horizontal fender vent, while the E63 AMG has a decorative piece of brightwork. Each premium sport sedan hunkers down on large-diameter wheels. Around back, all but the BMW have a small decklid lip spoiler in various sizes, while the M5 has a slight ducktail spoiler molded into its trunk. While each car sports a lower rear valance and quad exhaust tips, the GS F’s exhaust tips are offset stacked. The M5 and CTS-V have traditional round tips, while the E63 AMG has trapezoidal tips.

Inside, each car has a sporty three-spoke steering wheel. The Lexus and the Cadillac feature a center-mounted tachometer, while the Mercedes puts the speedometer front and center. In the BMW, the speedometer and tach are of equal size. Three cars offer high-mount infotainment screens, while the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V ’s screen is the only one mounted below the center vents.

How do the looks of the 2016 Lexus GS F compare to the BMW M5, Mercedes-AMG E63, and 2016 Cadillac CTS-V sedans? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

Last week, we looked at the redesigned 2016 Acura ILX sedan, which took quite a few negative comments. 1RichadsonJohn said, “This is an ugly car. Revolting. Strange front grille with a boring and disproportionate body.” bigblock agreed: “Not good. From an excellent company , some of the best auto engineers in the business. Sad.”

Not all comments were negative: ralander liked it, saying, “It's a bit softer.” Dash Rendar agreed, saying, “Refreshing. It looks much better. That beak finally looks decent. More like a blade than a beak now.”

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