The availability of Atomic Silver with new wheels alone might make me trade up from my '13 GS. I'll have to see how it looks on the car. It looks great on the IS, but colors don't always translate well among models.
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Predicting the future of Lexus, is fruitless. They're the most secret company outside of Cupertino, CA. Hell, Toyoda wanted to discontinue the GS. If it weren't for these folks, we wouldn't have the car that we have today...
It would have been, and would still be a shame if the GS was or is ever discontinued. The mid size luxury sports sedan segment is pretty popular, and while BMW may have a strangle hold on it with the 5 series it's certainly not an impregnable segment. If Cadillac is doing it with the CTS, Lexus can do it with the GS. What's Cadillac doing with the CTS that Lexus isn't (yet) with the GS? They aren't afraid of producing a low sales volume model that goes head to head with the German V8's. Even if it doesn't sell nearly as well, it puts the car into contention, creates interest, gets people talking about it and is one less thing reviewers can complain about and I think that would drive overall sales up.
The 4GS is undoubtedly the best overall GS to date and I love driving mine, but boy do I wish it had just a bit more power. Before buying it I was very close to going with the 5 series, and power was the reason for my hesitation. Obviously in spite of that I still opted for the GS, but there's undoubtedly many people in my situation that went the other direction for that very reason. It's also the one aspect of the car that almost every review uniformly criticizes.
If they can make a GS F-Sport that can match the 550i's power, I'd be all over it. I have a feeling when the GS-F comes out, it would be in the 90's range, just like the M5.
That's my fear too. I don't want an M5 competitor, I want a 550i competitor. I love everything about my GS except the relative lack of power. I'd gladly pay a premium for a v8 (or turbo v6) GS with 400+ HP/torque, but not ~$40K more for an M5 type beast that my wife would hate.
If the GS-F has m5 type numbers and pricing, imo that leaves too big a gap between the base model and the next step up. BMW has the 550i between the 535i and the M5, Audi has the S6 in between the A6 and RS6. While neither Mercedes or Cadillac will offer a v8 option outside of their "M5" level offerings (E63 and CTS-V), they are beefing up their V6 output with twin turbo offerings (mercedes E400 and Cadillac CTS vsport) to close the gap.
I think it would be great if Lexus offered an GS-F to compete with the m5, I would just also like to see a more powerful non "-F" option that's more in line with the 550i, S6, CTS Vsport.