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Here’s the 2016 Lexus GS F Performance Sedan

Posted by Stephen On Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

2016 Lexus GS F at Detroit

This week we continue our coverage of the 2015 Detroit Motor Show with the all-new Lexus GS F performance sedan. This is the sixth car in Lexus’ lineup to receive the “F injection”, and we have to say this is the best one yet. To see – and hear – the new GS F for yourself, check out the video below:

When we’d first seen the Lexus GS F in previews, we questioned whether the car would be able to stand out from its European competitors. However, after seeing the car in the metal at Detroit, we’ve realized that sort of thinking isn’t really productive…

2016 Lexus GS F side-front view

See, the Lexus GS F isn’t so much about being the best super sedan on the market; it’s about combining core Lexus values in a way that resonates with a generation that was previously unreachable for the premium Japanese automaker.

“Our F brand products are distinct in their execution with an application of technology in tuning to help create cars that elevate speed, heart rate and adrenaline,” Jeff Bracken said, who is the president and general manager for Lexus.

2016_Lexus_GS side-rear view

Bracken went on to say that the F version of the GS and the other F models are targeted at a demographic that’s as much as 12 years younger than the standard versions of those cars. Since Lexus hasn’t announced pricing yet, we’re hoping that we’ll see a price tag that innately makes the car more appealing than its higher-powered European competitors.

2016_Lexus_GS interior

Not that the GS F is weakly powered by any stretch of the imagination – with a naturally aspirated 5.0L V8 capable of outputting 467hp and 389 lb-ft of torque, it’ll definitely be firing up its fair share of adrenal glands. Plus, Lexus revealed that they only hope to move around 1,500 or 1,600 GS F sedans per year, so it really is just as much about portfolio coverage as profit potential.

You can click here to learn more about what Lexus has done to set the GS F apart from the regular GS, including a detailed rundown of aesthetics and interior amenities. Or, you can read Lexus’ official press release.

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2008 Cadillac CTS

2008 Cadillac CTS

Today’s Japanese car auction find isn’t a Lexus, but rather one of their competitors. It’s a 2008 Cadillac CTS sedan. This would’ve been the first model year in the second-generation of the CTS, and features a 3.6L V6 with 263hp and 253 lb-ft of torque. So, not enough to rival today’s GS F, but certainly enough to give anyone a good time.

2008 Cadillac CTS auction find

You can see that the car’s exterior speaks for itself; Cadillac has always had knack for capturing that “European feel”, and that’s just as clear here as ever.

2008 Cadillac CTS interior

The interior isn’t quite up to what you might expect from a Lexus, but leather upholstery and all your standard premium amenities mean you won’t be left wanting. For more information, keep reading below the auction sheet:

2008 Cadillac CTS auction sheet

“Grade 4, interior B, first registered December 2008, CTS 3.6 model, ABA emissions code, official dealer left-hand drive import, 2008 model, spare key, original alloy wheels, power steering, power windows, leather, original navigation system, airbag, spare key, service book, seats worn, interior trim scratched, minor interior grime, alloy wheels scratched, left front bumper corner offset, light scratches on roof, stone scratches on bonnet, other marks as per map”

SUV Takes on Nissan GT-R

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

OK, so this is a bit of a cheat by Hennesey: The Escalade is turbo-charged and has 1,000 horsepower… and the drive of the stock GT-R clearly has rather (deliberately) slow reactions when getting off the line. But it is still fun to watch. After all, who would have thought that an SUV could drag race quite so well?

Of course, as soon as any corner is encountered, the Escalade is going to be in big trouble and end up wrapped around a tree, so all that power is pretty pointless. And don’t tell me about all that extra interior space the SUV must have: Surely it must be a two seater with the rest of the space taken up by a giant fuel tank, as the already appalling fuel economy must now be diminished by a factor of 10 at least.

Now, surely a more worthy sparring partner would have been Hennessey’s own GT-R upgrade – the 700: