Originally Posted by MPLexus301
Thanks Excuse the crappy iPhone pics. Not even sure I want to show the car until I drop it, slap some wheels on and Nitto Tires.
I've driven every GS, every Generation and the new 4GS in base, luxury, f-sport, f-sport with Rear Steer and the Vossen Project GS modified with RS-R coilovers as I've shared. Been slacking with my review and comparison but this drive today sums up my feelings on this latest purchase.
There are probably helicopters and the SWAT team on the way as a drive to Home Depot to get some X-mas lights turned into a 2 hour drive around familiar back roads I haven't really pushed in awhile. I honestly don't think even us Lexus owners know how good the GS is, particularly in F-sport trim with Rear Steer.
Yes, this is a F-sport model with the optional rear steer
(and some other options to be named, focusing here). It simply transforms the GS F-sport into a car that handles like its 500 lbs lighter and `10 inches shorter. It is simply unbelievable the LIMITS of this car which I did not reach today. As I push in corners no matter at low or high speeds (talking over 90mph here) the GS is BEGGING for you to keep pushing her. It is an absolute delight to drive, I mean I am still grinning and want to write this while it is still fresh.
If you want the best handling car in this class and one of the best handling cars offered PERIOD, run to your Lexus dealer and buy the GS F-sport with rear steer. It is that simple. I usually run Michelin or Nitto tires (Pilots or Invo's) so the Dunlap Sport Maxx are unfamilar but it seems to be a great tire as never did I feel the GS was slipping away. I'm almost scared to add more grip but you know 20s are coming
Compared to my GS 450h which is lowered, it is a night and day difference and even to my GS 430 highly modified with pretty much every suspension component on the planet, its not even close. I was stunned at how the GS drove on roads I know compared to the luxury model I had as a loaner recently and that was a very good drive in itself.
The 2 piece brake is nearly as large as my Jun BBK on my GS 450h. The brakes are absolutely incredible and unlike mine, don't squeal
. The pedal feel is direct and the brakes are simply incredible.
Could I use more power? Sure who can't? I can only imagine the 5.0 V-8 in this car in this chassis.
It is BEGGING for it but maybe the additional weight would upset handling, I am not sure. I can only imagine this car with 100 more hp. Compared to my GS 450h it feels slower, it is slower and passing power is not as instantaneous. In this aspect of passing power the GS 450h is the better car.
As a point of reference I took my pops who is also a die hard Lexus guy for a spin when him and my mother came over for some beef stew, plantains and rice and peas
. I took him in the same turns at the same speeds. When I told him how fast I was going he was stunned b/c he said "I didn't slide in the seat like normal". We both kind of just stuck to the seat and credit some the incredible F-sport seats. It was here you know LFA engineers had a say, as it corners remarkably flat for a big car. He also loved the sound of the intake generator as I do. The transmission is MIND READING with the REV MATCH. Compared to other automatics I've driven it was pretty incredible how this transmission was reading my mind in what gear to stay in.
More to come!