2016 Lexus GS F live (2)

H Lexus παρουσίασε σήμερα το νέο GS F στην έκθεση του Detroit και έδωσε αυτό το υπέροχο promo video που ετοίμασε, στο οποίο μας δείχνει πως όντως είναι ένα πραγματικό Transformer.

Το αυτοκίνητο θα αντιταχθεί απέναντι στη BMW M5 και Mercedes E63 AMG και γι’αυτό το λόγο η ιαπωνική εταιρία έχει τοποθετήσει κάτω από το καπό του τον ατμοσφαιρικό V8 5,0-λίτρων κινητήρα του RC F και αποδίδει 473 άλογα, με 527 Nm ροπή. Συνδυάζεται με ένα 8-τάχυτο αυτόματο κιβώτιο, με δυνατότητα “χειροκίνητων” αλλαγών, ενώ η κίνηση μεταφέρεται, φυσικά, στον πίσω άξονα. Ζυγίζει 136 κιλά λιγότερο από τους Γερμανούς ανταγωνιστές του, διαθέτει Torque Vectoring διαφορικό (TVD), με τρία διαφορετικά προγράμματα οδήγησης, το standard, slalom and track, ενισχύσεις στο σασί και sport ρυθμισμένη ανάρτηση.

Έχει γράψει χιλιόμετρα δοκιμών τόσο στο Nurburgring όσο στο Fuji Speedway και στιλιστικά το αυτοκίνητο διαθέτει την γνωστή εταιρική μάσκα, με μεγάλες εισαγωγές αέρα στον προφυλακτήρα, ενώ φοράει και full LED φωτιστικά σώματα. Στα φτερά υπάρχουν οπές για την εξαγωγή της θερμότητας από τον κινητήρα, ενώ νέες είναι οι πλαϊνές ποδιές. Στο πίσω μέρος ο προφυλακτήρας είναι πιο φουσκωμένος, ενώ ενσωματώνει το διαχύτη και τις τετραπλές απολήξεις της εξάτμισης. Πατάει σε ζάντες ελαφρού κράματος 19 ιντσών, που φιλοξενούν εξαπίστονες δαγκάνες με μεγάλης διαμέτρου δισκόφρενα, ενώ υπάρχουν διάφορες carbon λεπτομέρειες. Οι sport πινελιές συνεχίζονται και στο εσωτερικό, όπου το αυτοκίνητο διαθέτει bucket καθίσματα με διχρωμία και carbon φινίρισμα.

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Lexus Adds to the ‘F’ Brand Stable With Addition of GS F Sedan

  • High Revving 5.0L V8 Producing 467 hp in Five Passenger Sedan
  • Lexus Goes Racing on Global Scale and Reveals New Motorsports Logo

January 13, 2015

DETROIT (Jan. 13, 2015) – Throaty rumbles and nimble handling aren’t just for sport coupes. Meet the all-new 2016 Lexus GS F performance sedan. It is not a standard luxury sedan or track car. The GS F rolled into the North American International Auto Show today with a growl, four doors and enough cabin space to comfortably accommodate five adults.

The GS F sports sedan, which combines a luxury cruiser with the handling of a sports car, is the latest vehicle to join the company’s high-performance “F” lineage that began in 2008 with the IS F sedan, then the fabulously exotic LFA in 2012, and just last year, the RC F coupe. Based on the mid-size GS luxury sedan, the GS F should not be confused with the GS 350 F SPORT. The GS F builds upon the GS 350 F SPORT with a comprehensive set of upgrades that re-engineer the car. From its engine, to its driveline, suspension and overall tuning that optimizes its reflexes, the GS F is an entirely new animal to the Lexus showroom.

“The cars with the ‘F’ designation are meant to generate a very positive feeling when you’re behind its steering wheel, to be something that’s fun to drive no matter who is driving or where it’s being driven,” said Yukihiko Yaguchi, GS F chief engineer. “With the GS F, we wanted to make a special car that not only would exceed the expectations of the most discerning driving enthusiast, but also something that most people can enjoy. In that way, the GS F embraces the virtues of sound, response and power, the cornerstones of the Lexus ‘F’ brand.”

A Naturally Aspirated V8 and Dynamic Eight-Speed Gearbox Under the hood will be a naturally-aspirated 5.0-liter V8 that produces a sonorous 467 hp (473 PS)*and peak torque of 389 lb.-ft. (527 Nm)* with a 7,300 rpm redline. The powerplant will be mated to a quick-acting eight-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifters for manual-shifting capabilities. The GS F also has four different driving modes: Normal, Eco, Sport and Sport S+, the latter designed specifically for the racetrack or your favorite challenging road. As sweet-sounding and powerful as the engine is, the DOHC 32-valve powerplant can offer a measure of fuel efficiency, incorporating the Atkinson cycle in certain driving conditions.

Handling Honed on the Famed Nürburgring The GS F will feature structural reinforcements and an exclusive suspension system matched to the car’s added power. The newest member of the “F” line boasts a level of handling and agility uncommon in a mid-size luxury sedan that was honed on Japanese circuits such as Fuji Speedway and perfected on the famous Nürburgring Nordeschleife.  The GS F’s impressive track and twisty road manners are the result of a custom firm suspension, along with wider forged wheels shod with staggered Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires (255/35-19 front, and 275/35-19 rear). The suspension combined with an enhanced braking system relying on 15-inch front rotors that are available with bright orange 6-piston calipers help give the GS F remarkable high-speed handling and braking capability. Carrying over 300 pounds less mass than key German sedan competitors, the GS F offers a near sports car level of nimbleness and agility. These features help provide near-neutral handling balance and a high degree of driver control.

At the rear of the car, Lexus’ Torque Vectoring Differential (TVD) with two electro-mechanical clutch packs, will be part of a long line of standard equipment that’ll make the GS F’s handling stand out from the crowd. The TVD features three operating modes:

  • Standard (default) provides a balance of agility and firmness;
  • Slalom emphasizes nimble steering response and agility; and
  • Track emphasizes control during high-speed circuit driving.

Distinctive Styling That Defines “Form Follows Function” “Fun to drive, it’s what characterizes all cars wearing the F badge, and it was our intent to design the GS F to exude that character,” said Yoshiharu Nakajima, project chief designer, Lexus Design Division. “The styling philosophy of the GS F is one of form following function. For example, the GS F’s spindle grille was born to further enhance the car’s aerodynamics and internal cooling, while the air outlets in the front fenders, first applied in the IS F and then the RC F, have been adopted in the GS F because of its efficiency. The styling direction of the GS F is one that promotes Lexus’ commitment to ‘Progressive Luxury,’ and I feel this car conveys that brand message flawlessly.”

The GS F features a unique version of Lexus’ trademark “spindle” grille, with a distinctive mesh pattern reserved for F models, and large gaping air vents that have been integrated into the front fascia. Slim canted LED headlights with the signature Lexus L-shaped daytime running lamps complete the car’s aggressive face. The GS F sits noticeably lower and wider than other GS models, resulting in a planted stance that, along with its front fender air outlets, forged 19-in. alloy wheels, and carbon fiber accents make it instantly recognizable as an F model. The rear is highlighted by a subtle carbon-fiber rear spoiler and trapezoidal tailpipes with four chrome exhaust tips that powerfully suggest that this car is meant to be driven hard.

Inside the sheet metal, the GS F’s cabin is designed to exude the look and feel of a jet fighter’s cockpit. The interior is styled in an elegant form-follows-function theme, with all controls placed within easy reach of the driver. Residing behind the exclusive “F” branded steering wheel, is an electronic instrument cluster that can be configured among four different displays, depending on the driver’s preferred driving style: Normal, Eco, Sport S and Sport S+. Also, custom front and rear seats have been implemented to provide the vehicle’s occupants with more lateral support while not sacrificing comfort.

Along with all the sporty touches, the GS F retains a luxurious feel, thanks partly to the high-grade Alcantara trim on the doors, on the center console and above the instrument panel. An analog clock adds a touch of class to the already elegant dashboard that features a 12.3” central video monitor controlled by the Remote Touch Interface on the center console. The GS F offers the optional 17-speaker Mark Levinson Premium Audio system that will satisfy the most demanding of audiophiles, but when drivers want to listen to the music provided by the engine, they can simply change the drive mode to “Sport” or “Sport S+” to engage the Active Sound Control. The Active Sound Control system is similar to the one found in the RC F but is enhanced with rear speakers. All occupants can enjoy the driving experience complete with robust exhaust note.

Adoption of the New Standard Comprehensive Safety Package, Lexus Safety System+ The GS F will feature an updated suite of standard safety features including Pre-Collision System with automatic braking and pedestrian detection, Radar Cruise Control with full stop from certain speeds, Lane Keep Assist, Automatic High Beam and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert. This package of features is called Lexus Safety System+.

New Racing Logo to Enhance “F” Brand Appeal Motorsports has become a growing passion for Lexus, evidenced by its active participation in the Super GT racing series when it introduced the SC 430 GT500 racecar in 2006, and the launch of the RC F to Super GT racing series in 2014. With the debut of the RC F GT3 concept last year, Lexus has every intention to be part of the international GT3 competition in 2015. As further proof of its intentions to develop a globally unified approach to top tier racing, Lexus has created a new organization to spearhead such efforts and introduced the new Lexus Racing logo at the North American International Auto Show.

The new, sharp-looking logo is meant to enhance the appeal of Lexus’ “F” brand, which includes the GS F, while letting the motorsports world know that it’s serious about international GT3 racing, officially designated by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) as “Group 3: Cup Grand Touring Cars.”

2016 GS F Preliminary Specifications*

Overall length 4,900 mm 192.9 in.
Overall width 1,850 mm 72.8 in.
Overall height 1,445 mm 56.8in.
Wheelbase 2,850 mm 112.2 in.
Tread?Fr/Rr? 1,555 mm/1,560 mm 61.2in./61.4 in.
Curb Weight 1,830 kg 4,034 lb.
Wheels 19’’×9J (Fr) 19’’×10J (Rr)
Tires 255/35R19(Fr) 275/35R19(Rr)

*All specifications are for the U.S. market

RC F GT3 Preliminary Specifications

Overall length 4,705 mm 185.2 in.
Overall width 2,000 mm 78.7 in.
Overall height 1,270 mm 50.0 in.
Wheelbase 2,730 mm 107.5 in.
Weight 1,250 kg 2,755.8 lbs.
Engine 5.0L V8
Horsepower 550 DIN hp

Lexus launched in 1989 with two luxury sedans and a commitment to pursue perfection. Since that time, Lexus has expanded its line-up to meet the needs of global luxury customers. Lexus is now going beyond its reputation for high quality vehicles with the integration of innovative technology, emotional exterior and interior designs, and engaging driving dynamics and performance. With six models incorporating Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader. Lexus also offers eight F SPORT models and one F performance model. In the United States, Lexus vehicles are sold through 235 dealers who are committed to exemplary customer service.

2015 NAIAS – 2016 Lexus GS F Debut

January 13, 2015

North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2015 Lexus GS F Debut Press Conference Detroit January 13, 2015 Jeff Bracken, Lexus Group Vice President and General Manager

Good morning everyone and welcome to Lexus.

It’s great to start the New Year right here in the Motor City.

When you look around at all the new products from every automaker…

I know for me personally… I feel quite fortunate to work in such a dynamic business.

And … judging from the vehicles on display here in Cobo Hall… it’s going to be ANOTHER terrific year for our industry!

2014 was certainly very healthy for the general market and for Lexus as well.

Here in the U.S. … our new vehicle volume totaled 311,389 sales.

2014 marked the first time Lexus sales have crossed the 300k threshold since 2007.

The NX crossover and RC coupe arrived at showrooms during the final quarter of 2014 and based on early buyer reaction … these all new models will continue to help build sales momentum in 2015 and beyond.

As our global president… Akio Toyoda continues to drive the Lexus brand’s growth around the world… he is clearly focused on evolving the Lexus product lineup to meet the needs of both current and next generation luxury buyers.

Here in the US … we’re now in the midst of the most aggressive product launch and update cycle since the brand’s inception.

Over the past three years we have revamped our entire product line.

And now … in the 2015 calendar year … we’ll introduce 4 new models or mid-lifecycle updates.

Additionally … the brand’s offering will expand with a greater availability of turbocharging and special editions.

The latest chapter in our brand’s evolution began with the launch of the GS in 2012.

Since then … we’ve introduced more dynamic and compelling designs… and with a dynamic character that better connects with drivers.

As a result … we’re attracting new buyers to the brand and one of the key elements positively impacting Lexus is our ‘F Sport’ series of vehicles.

It’s an example of a successful execution of blending performance with luxury.

Typically our F Sport models include … suspension, wheel/tire, steering, and transmission tuning upgrades … all to help deliver a sportier driving experience.

Visually … we add more aggressive styling cues including bolder front fascia designs.

The passion and performance expressed by our F sport models has helped Lexus attract more youthful consumers typically 5 to 12 years younger than our non F-Sport owners.

These buyers are drawn to a luxury model that better aligns with a statement they embrace about themselves.

Last year 1 in 4 Lexus buyers chose an F Sport on models where it was available.

With certain vehicles … such as IS sedan the F Sport model accounts for nearly 50 percent of the sales volume.

Beyond F Sport … Lexus has also developed track-focused “F” brand products that are engineered from the asphalt up as unique high performance vehicles.

These niche models help position Lexus in a portion of the market shared with other European niche performance marks among others.

Our F brand products are distinct in their execution with an application of technology and tuning to help create cars that elevate speed, heart rate, and adrenaline.

And what’s even better … you don’t have to be a professional race car driver to enjoy a thrilling experience behind the wheel … the F brand formula places the excitement and enjoyment of performance driving within reach of drivers of any skill level … connecting with drivers by developing vehicles engineered to create confidence near the vehicle’s limits.

Our first F brand vehicle … the IS F launched in 2008 followed by the LFA Supercar a few years later. And just one year ago here in Detroit … we introduced the RC F high performance coupe … all building momentum for Lexus’ high performance niche brand.

Today we’re here to introduce our next “F model.“

Our first mid-size luxury sedan to receive a high performance F-brand injection and transform into an all-new track-ready … road devouring beast.

Ladies and gentlemen the 2016 GS F!

The GS F will include a wonderful exhaust soundtrack courtesy of a responsive… naturally aspirated 467 hp … 5.0-liter V8.

Carrying about 300 lbs. less mass than key segment competitors and with a rear Torque Vectoring differential … just like RC-F the GS F will offer a driving experience unlike any Lexus mid-luxury sedan before it.

The GS F arrives in showrooms in the final quarter of 2015. We forecast around 1600 sales per year.

More importantly … we expect the GSF to further elevate our F brand performance image.

Now … if one is to speak of a niche performance brand … there are few things that help develop a culture of building track-ready production cars …quite like developing world-class racecars.

We’ve got the itch to race again!

You may recall … in the US … from 2006 to 2008 … Lexus enjoyed success with three consecutive wins at the Rolex 24 at Daytona … as a supplier of durable 5.0 liter V8 engine that powered prototype race cars to these victories in the Rolex Sportscar Series championship.

This time, with RCF GT3 … Lexus is hoping to have the brand racing on an unprecedented scale.

This car’s mission is to spearhead the company’s first global racing effort …while competing against some of the more storied marks on the racing scene.

We expect RCF GT3 to soon pass homologation. After that … we plan to work with key racecar development partners … to enhance our competitiveness before privateer racing teams field their own Lexus RCF GT3 teams.

Most important for the Lexus brand is that with this level of racing … the lessons learned and advances made will help better develop a motorsports-focused culture that will doubtless influence F-brand products going forward.

Now … I do want to point out the new Lexus Global Motorsports logo … which we expect to see more of on the global racing scene in coming years … it also happens to be tattooed on my forearm.

The new logo not only represents the next chapter in our company’s now globally unified motorsports endeavor but shows great in the selfie I will be using in my next Holiday card.

Looking forward … we expect to be competing globally on the same circuits as some of the most renowned European luxury brands.

Currently … we compete with an RC F racecar in the GT500 category of the Super GT series in Japan …that has posted multiple wins and podium finishes in its first year.

THIS year … Lexus is developing this RCF GT3 with the hopes of competing in the FIA GT3 category in Europe… and then bring this V8 racecar to a yet-to-be-determined series in the United States in 2016.

We’ll reveal more details, milestones, and collaborations supporting our Global Lexus Motorsports racing efforts throughout 2015.

One of the Chief Architects of our F-brand and the RC-F GT3 race effort is Yukihiko Yaguchi who is here with us today.

I’d now like to invite Yaguchi-san and the media and photographers to the stage for a closer look at the future of the Lexus F-brand.

Thank you everyone and enjoy the show.