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TOTD: Can the 2016 Lexus GS F Take on the German Giants?

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 1/6/2015 Kelly Pleskot

It's about time Lexus builds a legitimate competitor to German powerhouses like the BMW M5, Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, and Audi RS 7. But the question is: Can it really compete when it packs less power than everyone else?

Let's compare numbers. The 2016 Lexus GS F delivers 467 horsepower and can hit 60 mph in 4.3 seconds, but this doesn't come close to the M5's 560 hp and 3.7-second time. Nor does it match the Audi RS 7 with the BMW's same numbers or the even more powerful Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S with 577 hp and a 3.4 second-run. That's not to mention the Cadillac CTS-V which now boasts an incredible 640 horses.

2016 Lexus GS F© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Lexus GS F

In our 2016 Lexus GS F First Look, we asked Lexus Chief Engineer Yukihiko Yaguchi about the pressure to keep up with these numbers. "We don't compete based on head-to-head performance or stated power," he replied, preferring to focus on a number of factors like driver feedback, reliability, and ride comfort.

If the GS 350 F Sport is any indication, we know what he means. This downsized V-6 GS bested the Audi A6, BMW 535i, and Infiniti M37S in our six-cylinder midsize luxury sedan comparo, all thanks to its lightweight, nimble nature. While the BMW suffered from weight and the Audi lacked responsiveness, the corner-happy GS 350 F Sport felt confident despite not being the quickest or most powerful on paper. Same goes for our hybrid luxury car comparison, which saw the GS 450h win out against the Panamera Hybrid and Infiniti M35h.

There are also plenty of other factors to consider. Comfort, refinement, style, and technology may not be the most important players here, but they could become deal-breakers for discerning shoppers in this segment.

We can't wait to test out the GS F and compare it to the competition, but for now, we can only speculate on which model would take the trophy. Do you think the Lexus GS F has what it takes to battle long-standing leaders in the segment? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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