If the idea of a BMW M5 or a Porsche Panamera doesn’t quite float your left-field boat, here’s something that should do just the trick – a Lexus GS F.

The performance sedan, which made its debut last year in Detroit, is now available in the country through official channels via Lexus Malaysia. Not exactly cheap at RM1.1 million (on-the-road with insurance), but it’s no pushover.

The car is powered by a naturally-aspirated 5.0 V8 engine offering 477 PS at 7,100 rpm and 530 Nm of twist at 4,800 to 5,600 rpm. This is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, which features four different performance modes (Normal, Eco, Sport S and Sport S+, the latter designed for the racetrack).

Performance numbers for the 1,865 kg rear wheel-drive offering include a 0-100 km/h time of 4.6 seconds and a 270 km/h top speed.

The GS F features Lexus’ Torque Vectoring Differential (TVD), which is also found on the RC F coupe. The system has three modes – Standard, Slalom (emphasising nimble steering response and agility) and Track, which enhances high-speed stability.

Other novelties include structural reinforcements, a unique suspension system, carbon-fibre rear spoiler as well as upgraded brakes, complete with bright orange calipers. As for wheels, the car sits on 19-inch multi-spoke items with front 255/35 and rear 275/35 tyres.

The interior features leather and carbon-fibre trim finishing, and the equipment list includes a F Design steering wheel and front sports seats, dual-zone auto climate control and a 12.3-inch electronic multi-vision screen.

Also on the standard kit list is a 17-speaker Mark Levinson sound system with which the driver can tune in to the big V8’s soundtrack in Sport S and Sport S+ modes – the RC F’s Active Control System is present, but the sound from the mill can be further amplified with the rear speakers chiming in.