Competes with: BMW M5, Cadillac CTS-V, Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG
Looks like: The GS got an IS F Sport nose, and then some
Drivetrain: 467-horsepower, 5.0-liter V-8 with eight-speed automatic transmission
Hits dealerships: Late this year
Lest you confuse the new 2016 Lexus GS F with the extant F Sport version of the GS sedan, the two look quite different — namely because Lexus went all Darth Vader on the F with a conjoined, mammoth version of its spindle grille that recalls the smaller, redesigned IS. It's the easiest way to differentiate the GS F from the GS F Sport, whose cosmetic differences and suspension/braking upgrades build on the GS 350 and hybrid GS 450h.
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Tearing around a racetrack would probably differentiate the cars, too. The GS F uses a naturally aspirated, high-revving V-8 that's good for 467 horsepower at a zingy-high 7,100 rpm – substantially more than the GS 350 (306 hp) or hybrid GS 450h (338 hp between the engine and electric motor), F Sport or no.
Lexus will show the 2016 GS F at next week's 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and we expect it to go on sale sometime late this year.