Lexus GS F-06

The 2016 Lexus GS F has made its debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. We’ve had a small pre-show preview, but here’s a full gallery of the BMW M5-chasing super sedan from Japan.

But unlike the M5 and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, the Lexus GS F uses a big naturally-aspirated V8 engine, just like how the Germans used to in the good old days. The high-revving 5.0 litre lump makes 477 PS and over 530 Nm of torque, and is mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. There are four different modes: Normal, Eco, Sport S and Sport S+, the latter designed for the racetrack.

The GS F tips the scales at a class-leading 1,830 kg. Fuel efficiency is also helped by an electronic valve train that allows the V8 to switch between both Otto and Atkinson combustion cycles.

Lexus GS F-13

The hot GS features structural reinforcements and a unique suspension system as well as upgraded brakes with bright orange calipers. The wheels are sexy 19-inch multi-spoke items with front 255/35 tyres and rear 275/35 rubber. Rear-wheel drive, of course.

Tuned at the Nurburgring (not just Fuji), it features Lexus’ Torque Vectoring Differential (TVD) that’s also found in the RC F coupe. TVD has three modes – Standard, Slalom (emphasising nimble steering response and agility) and Track, which enhances high-speed stability.

“The styling philosophy of the GS F is one of ‘form following function’. For example, the GS F’s spindle grille was born to further improve the car’s aerodynamics and internal cooling, while the air outlets in the front fenders, first applied on the IS F and then the RC F, have been adopted in the GS F because of their efficiency,” adds Yoshiharu Nakajima, project chief designer.

The GS F can be had with a top drawer 17-speaker Mark Levinson sound system, but one can also listen to the big V8 in Sport S and Sport S+ modes. The RC F’s Active Control System is present, but the sound is better here with the rear speakers chiming in.

The paultan.org Japanese Car Owners Club (er, just me and Greg) thinks the GS F looks fantastic. What say you? Watch the live reveal video from NAIAS 2015 (look out for a special guest) and browse the gallery below before deciding.