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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”


Japanese Car Auction Find – 2012 Lexus GS 250 Version L

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

2012 Lexus GS 250 Version L

Yesterday Lexus showed us teasers for the all-new 2016 Lexus GS F saloon they plan to debut at next month’s 2015 Detroit Motor Show. So, today we figured we’d take a look inside our Integrity Exports auction database to see what kind of Lexus GS models there were to choose from.

Just select ‘Lexus’ and ‘GS’ from the drop-down menus, then click the Search button, and voila! It literally took less than 30 seconds to find 20 different Lexus GS models up for auction in Japan, not a one of them rated below a 4. The one we really liked is this beautiful 2012 model – a Lexus GS 250 Version L.

2012 Lexus GS 250 Version L auction find

You can see that this is a fairly new Lexus model just from the grille. Even though it doesn’t have the spindle mesh texture of the newer models, it still has the large, pinched shape that lets you know you’re looking at a Lexus. This particular auction find has an overall rating of 5, which, among other things, can give you peace of mind in the quality of the exterior. You’ll see on the auction sheet at the bottom of this blog post that there are only a few very minor scratches in the paint.

Under the hood, you’ll find the GS 250’s namesake 2.5L petrol engine (code 4GR-FSE) with dual VVT-i and D4 direct injection. Power output is 204 horsepower at 6,400 RPM, and engine torque is 192 lb-ft at 3,800 RPM. Even though this is the smallest displacement engine Lexus offers in the GS in any market, you’ll still enjoy a smooth and sporty ride.

2012 Lexus GS 250 interior

Moving into the interior is when you really start to notice the benefits of buying a midsize sedan. All passengers will enjoy ample legroom, especially in the front. And even though the GS 250 is a relatively basic model, the Version L we see here still boasts plush leather seats, built-in navigation, a spacious dashboard and a subtly built-in analog clock for that extra pinch of class. Additional amenities include:

  • Backup camera
  • Push-button ignition
  • 10-way power seats
  • Multi-function steering
  • Fully automatic transmission with steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters
  • LED headlights
  • Remote Touch mouse-controller to make it easier to use the 12.3 inch widescreen while you’re driving

All in all, this 2012 Lexus GS 250 is an excellent Japanese car auction find, made all the more so by the fact that the GS 250 is actually unavailable in the US. The smaller displacement models like this one were generally marketed towards Japan, China, Europe and Australia. If you’d like to learn more, you can find a detailed translation of the auction sheet below:

2012 Lexus GS250 Version L Auction Sheet

“Interior A, exterior A, first registered December 2012, Version L model, FAT, AAC, original HDD multifunction system, original 18 inch alloy wheels, sunroof, leather seats, cruise control, wood combination steering wheel, indicator door mirrors, power steering, power windows, original alloy wheels, sunroof, leather, airbag, ABS, original navigation system, original TV, DBA emissions code, pushbutton starter, smart key, card key, spare key, minor interior grime, minor scratches and minor dents, front windshield has scratches, other marks as per map”


New Lexus GS F Saloon Teased Ahead of Detroit Debut

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

2016 Lexus GS F Teaser 1

Just as we’re starting to wrap things up before Christmas and New Years, Lexus has given us one last irresistible teaser to share. They haven’t given us any details, so we don’t have an official identity for this new sports car that will be shown at the 2015 Detroit Motor Show. However, as you continue reading you’ll learn what these teasers likely preview, and what you can expect to see next month in Detroit.

Lexus had already told us to expect not one, but two new sports cars to make an appearance at the Detroit Auto Show. So, we were already expecting to see something like this… Now we just have to narrow down what this specific teaser could preview. Fortunately, the automotive media is largely in agreement – this is a preview for the new Lexus GS F, a high-performance saloon that’s expected to hit the market later next year as a 2016 MY. The version we’ll see in Detroit will likely be 99% ready for production.

The new GS F – if that is, in fact, what it ends up being – will be the latest addition to Lexus’ sporty F lineup, which currently contains the RC F and IS F. The new GS F saloon will likely contend with cars like BMW’s M5, the Audi RS6, the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG and Cadillac’s new CTS-V.

Under the hood, we expect Lexus to port in the same 5.0L V8 that’s used in the RC F coupe. That means we can expect something around 500 hp, although it’s likely that Lexus will tune-up the engine for the larger, mid-sized GS F. either way, we’re sure the car will deliver jaw-clenching performance on the track.

2016 Lexus GS F Teaser 2

Now, we’ve actually seen a few unofficial spoilers for the new GS F. Spy shots were released earlier this year of a thought-to-be Lexus GS F prototype. These teasers we’re seeing now mostly fit with the spy shots we’ve seen earlier this year, but it does appear that Lexus has updated the headlights with a slanted three-cluster design. We can also make out a very aggressive pinched grille with an enormous front airdam.

Finally, we also expect Lexus to totally overhaul the mechanics of the regular GS with a tighter suspension, better brakes and performance tires, along with a generally more aerodynamic (and therefore sportier) design.

Either way, this is definitely a car that you will want to stay tuned for at next month’s 2015 Detroit Motor Show, which opens doors on January 13.