Advertisement
Best cars & vans

Lexus GS F - best performance cars

Lexus GS F - front static

While it’s a relatively new face in the performance car world, the Lexus GS F takes an old-school approach to muscle.

The Lexus has a 5.0-litre V8 shoehorned under its bonnet, and not just any old V8 either… it’s normally aspirated, makes 471bhp and 530Nm, and likes to be revved, as peak torque doesn’t arrive until 4,800rpm.

Advertisement - Article continues below

The GS F features a finely balanced rear wheel drive chassis for driving thrills, a clever rear differential that juggles torque between the rear wheels to improve agility and turn-in, and has track, slalom and expert driving modes. Equipped with an eight-speed automatic gearbox, the GS F will reach 168mph and dash off 0-62mph in 4.6 seconds, accompanied by a suitably scintillating soundtrack from that V8 motor.

It’s grippy and poised on the road, if body roll, braking and steering feel aren’t quite up with the best German rivals in the class. But no matter, because where the Lexus GS F truly excels is as a luxurious and impeccably built executive express. Thanks to high standard equipment levels, its sub-£70k price tag also makes the rapid Lexus a relative bargain compared to German rivals like the BMW M5 or Mercedes-AMG E63.

Top 10 best performance cars on sale now

  1. 1. Ford Focus RS
  2. 2. Mercedes AMG C63
  3. 3. BMW M2
  4. 4. Volkswagen Golf R
  5. 5. BMW M3
  6. 6. Lexus GS F
  7. 7. Audi RS3 Sportback
  8. 8. Mercedes AMG CLA 45
  9. 9. Vauxhall VXR8
  10. 10. Subaru WRX STi
Advertisement
Advertisement

Most Popular

New Ferrari Roma 2020 review
Ferrari Roma

New Ferrari Roma 2020 review

The new Ferrari Roma GT is the iconic Italian brand’s latest offering – and it’s a big improvement
4 Aug 2020
New 2022 Gordon Murray Automotive T.50 rewrites the supercar rule book
News

New 2022 Gordon Murray Automotive T.50 rewrites the supercar rule book

The new three-seat Gordon Murray T.50 is a spiritual successor to the McLaren F1, with two-thirds of the 100-car run already sold ahead of its 2022 ar…
4 Aug 2020
MPs to consider graduated driving licences
News

MPs to consider graduated driving licences

Transport Committee to hold evidence session looking at how graduated licencing could mitigate the risk novice drivers face on the road
3 Aug 2020