VIDEO: Club Lexus Reviews the 2016 Lexus GS F

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2016 Lexus GS F Lead Image by Joseph Yoon

The 2016 Lexus GS F exemplifies why Lexus is one of the most exciting vehicle brands in existence. In an era when automakers are moving toward turbocharging or hybridizing their most performance-oriented vehicles, Lexus is sticking with raw natural aspiration, and all the immediate throttle response that comes with it.

Turbochargers have come a long way over the years, giving drivers throttle response approaching naturally aspirated levels; but still, nothing beats the unhinged feeling of a high-output, atmospheric V8 ready to dart through the time-space continuum.

Pin the loud pedal to the GS F’s firewall, and the 5.0-liter, 467-horsepower engine summons the spirits of Marty McFly and Doc Brown. The GS F won’t strike you as the fastest car in the world, but the engine’s immediacy and eagerness coupled with its stern V8 growl will make the 4.5-second journey to 60 mph feel like an olympic sprint.

Granted, the GS F is down 173 horsepower to forced-induction competition like the similarly priced, 640-horsepower Cadillac CTS-V, but when you look beyond power figures, and you get to live with the car for a week, does that power deficit really matter? That’s what we find out in the video below.

 

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still images via [Joseph Yoon]

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