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Lexus GS F spied: 500bhp M5 beater on the way!

Lexus GS F will take on the BMW M5 and feature an uprated version of the new 5.0-litre V8

Lexus finally has an answer to the BMW M5. Spied for the first time, the GS F will become the Japanese manufacturer’s most powerful production car when it arrives in 2016, using a lightly tuned version of the 5.0-litre V8 engine found in the RC F. Noticeable aero tweaks and mechanical upgrades over the standard GS have also been implemented to manage the hike in power.

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Although heavily disguised, there are several tell-tale design cues from Lexus’ F performance sub-brand visible on the prototype. Wider air intakes at the front, arch-filling alloys and the stacked quad exhausts at the rear give you an immediate clue as to what’s lurking beneath the bodywork.

The all-new 5.0-litre V8 from the RC F is to be lightly modified, so around 500bhp isn’t out of the question. The transformation from luxurious executive saloon to high-performance M5 beater, means Lexus will carry over a large proportion of tech and mechanical tweaks from the 471bhp RC F. A Torsen rear differential as well as the eight-speed automatic gearbox will feature on the GS F.

To help accommodate the extra grunt, Lexus will strengthen the chassis of the GS. Yet, as the RC F is the more sports-orientated coupe, it will remain the more hardcore of the two.

There’s no official word on pricing as yet, but expect the GS F to cost in the region of £80,000.

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