Lexus GSF delivers on luxury

Lexus GSF delivers on luxury

YOU can sit in the back seat the new Lexus GSF, tune in to your favourite radio station, set your air comfort level and even heat the seat.

But that’s just one of the luxury car’s many features.

What matters most are its dynamic looks and sound.

The big movie star sedan looks as if it belongs in a 007 film and it has a soundtrack to match, the latter provided by a 5.0litre V8 with some very impressive numbers: 351kW and 530Nm.

The burble, or bellow, depending on how far down the accelerator has been pushed, is released through a quartet of chromed tailpipes. And then there’s the transmission: an eight speeder.

But far from being on the edge of boofiness, it’s super-refined.

The muscular engine will happily rev beyond 7000rpm, it will propel the 1850kg car to 100km/h in 4.6 seconds and it can be switched from normal to sport, sport-plus or, at the other end, ‘ eco’!

Did they forget it’s a 5.0litre V8? Not really.

Tootle off down to Albany or up to Darwin and the engine needs only about double idle speed to run along at 110km/h in eighth.

It won’t use much fuel at all like that, but city traffic takes a higher toll and the official average is 11.3, although it’s closer to 12.5 in real world terms.

The car, priced from $149,000, is a beauty in looks, fit and finish, and comes with a bewildering array of standard goodies.

The stereo is a 17-speaker Mark Levinson, there’s a 12.3 inch centre screen, Alcantara-trimmed interior, powered multi-position sports seats, a heads-up display, a ‘moon’ roof that works perfectly well in daytime too, satnav with traffic alerts, an electric sunshade and a seemingly endless list of safety features.

But the five-seater was really created to please drivers with more than a bit of performance in mind.

The ‘F’ after the GS comes from the Fuji Speedway and is indicative of the car’s sporting pedigree.

Exclusive to the F Lexi are digital instruments that change from street to track mode when Sport or Sport-plus transmission is selected, and the eight-speed gearbox can be switched from auto to manual for ultimate driver involvement.

The mechanical bits are well up to 007 demands, and road manners and handling are commensurate with the car’s breeding.

As they say in Lexusland, it embodies the soul of the LFA supercar.

The GS F rides on 19-inch smoke-finish alloy wheels with different sized tyres: 235/40 in front and 265/35 at the back. The spare is an alloy spacesaver.

Stopping power is via big ventilated Brembos with orange-painted calipers that do a commendable job.

Packed with every conceivable comfort and convenience feature, it wouldn’t be out of place at a track day. And it’s a refreshing alternative to the trio of hot Teutons in its class.

We loved it.

Verdict: Everything you want in a premium sports sedan.