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2020 Lexus GS F Overview

Lexus’s GS executive sedan entered its fourth generation for 2011, receiving a major revision in 2015. For 2020, Lexus narrows the lineup down to just two submodels: the GS 350 and the high-performance GS F. The base 4-cylinder GS 300 is gone. The 2020 GS F stands out from the V6 version with more aggressive styling, including a different front fascia, flashier wheels, and a handful of “F” badges. The available exterior paint colors are limited to white and various grays and blacks for the most part. Matador Red and Ultrasonic Blue are the only loud shades on the palette list.

The GS F adds a V8 engine and livelier handling to the GS platform while retaining the look and feel of a luxury sedan. It is neither as fast nor as focused as established German super-sedans like the BMW M5 or Mercedes-AMG E63, but the Lexus is less expensive than both and offers more than enough performance. The GS F gets a 5.0-liter normally aspirated V8 with 467 horsepower and 389 pound-feet of torque. All GS F's have rear-wheel drive (RWD), shift through an 8-speed automatic gearbox, and come with an electronic torque-vectoring differential. Brembo brakes are standard. The GS F earned ratings of 16 mpg city, 24 highway, and 19 combined from the EPA.

On the inside, the GS F further distinguishes itself from the GS 350 with thickly bolstered bucket front seats with distinctive stitching, a sport steering wheel, aluminum pedals, and more sporty carbon-fiber trim in place of the usual wood or aluminum. Standard features include leather upholstery, ambient lighting, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated and cooled front seats, and a 12.3-inch infotainment system. The system operates via a controller that has been criticized for being a bit awkward to use. Optional extras include a 17-speaker Mark Levinson stereo and a head-up display (HUD). Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are conspicuously absent. The rear seats in the GS are adequate but a bit tight for larger passengers, and while the trunk does offer a reasonably spacious 18 cubic feet, the space itself is reportedly shallow.

The GS hasn’t been crash tested, but all versions come with blind-spot monitors, active lane control, adaptive cruise control, and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection. For someone who really likes the GS but is on a budget and could live without a V8, the 6-cylinder GS 350 is available with an F Sport package that adds a firmer suspension, rear-wheel steering, and a limited-slip differential.

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Since 2012, Andrew Newton has been writing about cars both old and new. Andrew has been an associate editor at Sport Car Digest as well as a contributor to sites like BoldRide and JamesEdition. He was also the Education Manager at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, MA before becoming the Auction Editor at Hagerty Classic Car Insurance. He currently splits his time behind the wheel between his NA Miata, 1994 Corvette, and Triumph TR6.

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