For 2019, the Lexus GS F high-performance sport sedan celebrates the 10th anniversary of “F” performance with a special-edition model limited to just 100 vehicles available for sale in the U.S. The 10th Anniversary Special Edition models will be rare but easy to spot thanks to their unique Matte Nebula Gray paint and polished black 19-inch BBS wheels. Blue Brembo brake calipers are another indication that this is a special GS F that you won’t see every day.
That sense of occasion continues to the interior as every 10th Anniversary Special Edition model gets Bespoke Fuji Blue accents for the seats, steering wheel and shift knob. Even the top of the dashboard is covered in blue suede trim while the standard seats belts are blue as well. The steering wheel also gets a white marker stripe at the top of the rim to give drivers a reference point during aggressive driving. The final flourish inside the 2019 Lexus GS F 10th Anniversary Special Edition is standard blue carbon fiber trim on the doors and center console.
All 2019 Lexus GS F sedans benefit from a handling pedigree honed on the world’s most demanding race circuits and elegant-yet-aggressive styling that includes a bold front fascia with functional air inlets, triple-beam headlamps, carbon-fiber rear spoiler, quad exhaust tips and a rear diffuser. The Lexus Safety System+ is also a standard feature on every model, so every GS F owner benefits from a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Intelligent High Beam and High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.
The heart of the 2019 Lexus GS F is in its high-performance, naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8, engineered for low weight and high strength with forged connecting rods and titanium intake and exhaust valves that allow a 7,300-rpm redline. Add to the mix optimized intake and exhaust manifolds, and the result is an engine that delivers 467 horsepower and 389 lb.-ft. of torque.
The high-pressure D-4S direct injection system, which also uses port fuel injectors, allows a 12.3:1 compression ratio for optimized performance and efficiency. Variable Valve Timing (VVT-iE) enables the engine to operate in the Atkinson cycle at cruising speeds or it can switch to the Otto cycle for higher performance levels when accelerating.
No matter what kind of driving you’re doing, the 2019 Lexus GS F always sounds like a serious performance sedan thanks to the special exhaust system that emits a rumbling baritone note from its signature stacked exhaust pipes. There’s also an Active Sound Control (ASC) system that electronically “boosts” the sound in the cabin via the audio speakers – an optional experience that the driver can turn on or off.
The eight-speed Sport Direct Shift automatic transmission offering smooth shifts, excellent drivability and linear acceleration. Lexus G force Artificial Intelligence Shift control (G AI-SHIFT) is one reason why the transmission feels perfectly in tune with the driver. When driving in the SPORT S mode, the system uses the vehicle’s G-force sensor to monitor how aggressively the vehicle is being driven and adjusts the transmission shift points accordingly. The G AI-SHIFT control further supports sporty driving by blipping the throttle on downshifts and holding gears through corners to maintain optimum control.
Every 2019 Lexus GS F has a Drive Mode Select feature that gives the driver the ability to adjust multiple vehicle parameters. NORMAL mode provides the smoothest, most balanced ride quality and drivetrain performance. SPORT S adjusts the transmission shift points to deliver a more responsive feel and improved acceleration. The most aggressive SPORT S+ mode goes one step further by adjusting the damper settings, steering assist, steering gear ratio and Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) system for maximum performance. A CUSTOM mode is also available to tailor each parameter individually.
V8, 90-degree with aluminum block and cylinder heads
DOHC, 32- valve, Intake camshaft Electric Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-iE, Exhaust camshaft Hydraulic Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i)
5.0 liters (4,969 cm3 /303.2 cu. in.)
Bore x Stroke
3.70 in. x 3.52 in.
467 @ 7,100 rpm
389 lb.-ft. @ 4,800 – 5,600 rpm
SFI D-4S direct-to-cylinder injection with secondary port injectors
Premium 91 octane unleaded
LEV III – ULEV 70 with OBD
Front engine, rear-wheel drive (RWD)
8-speed Sport Direct Shift automatic with paddle shift & manual mode
Center Differential Type
TVD Torque Vectoring Differential
Zero to 60 mph
Zero to 100 mph
12.9 sec @ 113 mph
EPA FUEL ESTIMATED
16 mpg City/ 24 mpg Highway/ 19 mpg Combined
EXTERIOR & INTERIOR
Bold and emotional exterior styling is part of 2019 Lexus GS F, yet there are high functional elements to its design as well. The trademark spindle grille features a special “F” series design in the center flanked by a pair of air inlets beneath the headlights that feed cool air to the massive brakes. The grille also features a lower molding, made from Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP), that provides downforce to the front of the car at high speeds. Wide front fender flares with large air outlets allow excess airflow to escape down the sides of the vehicle, while broad fenders and sculpted rocker panels provide visual muscle.
On the underside of the GS F, specially designed undertrays optimize air flow to the rear differential to keep it cool. Aerodynamic stabilizing fins on various sections of these panels help further suppress airflow turbulence and reduce drag. The rear of the vehicle is highlighted by the “F” brand’s trademark quad exhaust tips, a carbon spoiler and a rear diffuser beneath the bumper.
When it came time to design the inside of the GS F, the influence of driving enthusiasts was clearly part of the process. This proof can be found in the sport-focused dash design characterized by the unique display/gauge panel. The panel’s focal point is a large-diameter analog Thin Film Transistor (TFT) tachometer. Notably, the look and information displayed within the center meter changes depending on which Drive Mode is selected. An optional color Head-Up Display (HUD) allows the driver to see pertinent vehicle information such as speed, tachometer and gearshift position without looking away from the road ahead.
The “F”-badged, multifunction, three-spoke steering wheel and its short-stroke paddle shifters are exclusive to the 2019 Lexus GS F along with the shift knob and pedals. The high-back front sport seats feature pronounced bolstering for the thighs, hips and lumbar sections, as well as an ergonomically enhanced shoulder support. Perforated leather covers the seating surfaces of the 10-way power adjustable buckets that are also heated and ventilated.
Carbon fiber trim adorns several surfaces of the cabin while the door trim, the center air vent and the base of the Remote Touch Interface (RTI) feature a lustrous Metallic Dark Silver paint. Suede trim covers the top of the instrument panel, door trim, center console and palm rest. In a further nod to the exquisite attention to detail, decorative rivets featuring the Lexus logo secure the suede trim to the instrument panel.
Optimum cabin comfort is maintained by the Climate Concierge system which automatically controls heating, cooling, seat heaters and the airflow volume of the seat ventilation. When the climate control system detects only two front occupants, the S-FLOW feature operates the system only for the front of the cabin.
72.6 in. (mirror folded); 82.1 in. (mirror unfolded)
Max Cargo Capacity
14.0 cu. ft.
TRIM LEVELS & PRICING
The 2019 Lexus GS F is the high-performance version of the regular GS sedan, which reviewed separately. Its available in two trim levels: a base and a limited-edition 10th Anniversary Edition. All come with a 5.0-liter V8, rear-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The GS F stands apart from lesser GS models with a torque-vectoring rear differential, an adaptive sport-tuned suspension, sport steering, Brembo brakes, aerodynamic enhancements and special styling.
Other standard features include auto-dimming mirrors, xenon headlights, automatic high beams, LED running lights, automatic wipers, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, keyless ignition and entry, power-adjustable front seats with memory functions, leather upholstery, a power-adjustable steering wheel, the Remote Touch infotainment interface with a 12.3-inch display, a navigation system, voice controls, Lexus Enform (infotainment app suite and remote vehicle controls), a USB port, and a 12-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio and HD radio.
Optional equipment include different wheels, orange brake calipers, a head-up display, and a 17-speaker Mark Levinson sound system that also adds a six-CD changer.
The 2019 Lexus GS F has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) just over $85,350.