2017 Lexus GS F

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$83,940–$83,940 MSRP range
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Key Specs

of the 2017 Lexus GS F. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    19 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    467-hp, 5.0-liter V-8 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Customizable drivetrain, chassis and differential modes
  • Comfortable seating
  • Quiet cabin with impressive isolation
  • Responsive transmission
  • Attractive gauge cluster
  • High-quality materials throughout the cabin

The Bad

  • Steering lacks feedback
  • Styling is too benign
  • Price is very, very high
  • Multimedia system is hard to use
  • Hard to keep the engine in the power band
  • Twitchy rear end in corners

Notable Features of the 2017 Lexus GS F

  • High-performance version of the GS
  • 5.0-liter V-8 engine
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • New adaptive suspension
  • Torque-vectoring rear differential
  • 12.3-inch multimedia display

2017 Lexus GS F Road Test

Brian Wong
The Verdict:

The high-performance GS F falls short of the lofty expectations set by its price.

Versus The Competition:

Although it has the interior and look to match other high-performance luxury sedans in this price range, the GS F falls short on driver engagement.

Even though I prefer cheap eats, I see the value and appeal of fine dining — the kind that requires reservations, real shoes and maybe even utilizing the valet (which violates my free-parking ethos). But if I'm going to pony up for it, everything about the experience better match up to the price, from the service to the ambiance. And the food better be worth it, too, or I'm going to feel cheated and stop by the taco truck on the way home.

The 2017 Lexus GS F has a fine-dining price tag, and with that comes a lot of expectations, especially when it comes to performance — the main course of any high-performance sedan. Look around this price range and you'll find formidable competitors: the Audi S6, the Mercedes-AMG E43 and the Cadillac CTS-V. Compare all four here.

Lexus has made a few key changes for 2017, the most important being the addition of an active suspension. Compare the new version to last year's model here. Be aware that the GS F is a distinct model, not to be confused with a lesser GS 200t or a GS 350 equipped with the optional F Sport package, which adds modest performance and cosmetic upgrades.

Styling

There are a few details that distinguish the GS F from regular GS models in addition to its distinctive V-8 exhaust note. Up front, the spindle grille gets the mesh treatment, and the front bumper has additional air inlets. The rear features a carbon-fiber-wrapped lip spoiler, a rear diffuser and quad exhaust pipes — a ...

Even though I prefer cheap eats, I see the value and appeal of fine dining — the kind that requires reservations, real shoes and maybe even utilizing the valet (which violates my free-parking ethos). But if I'm going to pony up for it, everything about the experience better match up to the price, from the service to the ambiance. And the food better be worth it, too, or I'm going to feel cheated and stop by the taco truck on the way home.

The 2017 Lexus GS F has a fine-dining price tag, and with that comes a lot of expectations, especially when it comes to performance — the main course of any high-performance sedan. Look around this price range and you'll find formidable competitors: the Audi S6, the Mercedes-AMG E43 and the Cadillac CTS-V. Compare all four here.

Lexus has made a few key changes for 2017, the most important being the addition of an active suspension. Compare the new version to last year's model here. Be aware that the GS F is a distinct model, not to be confused with a lesser GS 200t or a GS 350 equipped with the optional F Sport package, which adds modest performance and cosmetic upgrades.

Styling

There are a few details that distinguish the GS F from regular GS models in addition to its distinctive V-8 exhaust note. Up front, the spindle grille gets the mesh treatment, and the front bumper has additional air inlets. The rear features a carbon-fiber-wrapped lip spoiler, a rear diffuser and quad exhaust pipes — a Lexus F Series signature. Inside are carbon-fiber trim pieces, seats adorned with the "F" logo and, in our test vehicle, a Circuit Red color scheme right from BMW's styling playbook.

Overall, the GS F looks close to regular GS models; it wears its high-performance credentials modestly until you get up close.

High-Performance Parts

Forced-air induction has become the new normal for high-performance luxury cars, but Lexus has forgone turbocharging and stuck with large displacement. The GS F has the same 5.0-liter V-8 found in the RC F and the LC 500, which makes 467 horsepower and 389 pounds-feet of torque. The GS F comes only with rear-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Brembo brakes are also standard for added stopping power, with 14.9-inch slotted rotors up front and 13.5-inch slotted rotors in the rear.

The 2017 model year also brings suspension updates to the GS F. There's now a linear adaptive variable suspension that can adjust shock absorber firmness to keep the car more balanced during cornering. There's also a torque-vectoring differential that can shift power between the left and right drive wheels. The diff has selectable settings: Normal (for everyday use), Slalom (for an emphasis on steering response) and Track (high-speed handling and stability).

Fuel-economy figures are an EPA-estimated 16/24/19 mpg city/highway/combined on premium gasoline.

But How Does It Drive?

On paper the GS F has impressive credentials: a claimed zero-to-60-mph time of 4.5 seconds, a new adaptive suspension and that trick rear differential. From behind the wheel, though, the experience is lacking for a few important reasons.

First, Lexus just doesn't do steering feel well. Although the wheel had decent heft to it, feedback was lacking and the nose felt a bit languid on turn-in. This isn't helped by the fact that the GS F is not svelte; it's 4,034 pounds, and the suspension struggles to handle that weight effectively. Dive into a corner and the heft pushes the GS F into understeer.

Another problem I had with the GS F was keeping the engine in the power band. Though the throttle proved to be responsive, maximum torque doesn't come on until 4,800 rpm, which means you have to really lean into the engine to sling a GS F back up to speed.

The GS F's transmission and engine work well together. I've had problems with Lexus' eight-speed automatic hunting around a lot, but it was solid in this application. It seems like the additional power from the V-8 makes it easier for the transmission to pick a gear and stick with it. Grip from the standard Michelin Pilot Super Sport summer tires is plentiful, though the tires make a lot of noise when the car is pushed.

Comfortable Yet Frustrating Interior

I'm a fan of the GS F's cabin. It's comfortable and has great materials. I was similarly enamored with the red upholstery in my test car, which played well against the white exterior and added necessary visual contrast. The front seats are extremely comfortable — bolstered without being too aggressive — and the standard heated and ventilated seats are tied to the climate control, so they can be instructed to turn on automatically to help regulate the temperature.

As much as I liked the rest of the interior, however, I disliked the multimedia system. This complaint is starting to get repetitive, but Lexus needs to do something about it (and fast) because the system is way too hard to control as it's currently configured.

The small joystick moves a mouselike cursor around the screen. It's kind of cool at first: When you move from button to button, the joystick transmits a small tactile bump to let you know. But then you quickly realize that actually using the system is cumbersome and distracting; confirming that you've selected what you intended seems to require extra glances. I found it difficult to use the system and safely operate the vehicle at the same time.

Where's the Value?

The GS F starts out expensive ($84,915 including destination charges) and just gets even more so. My test vehicle added a Mark Levinson premium sound system for $1,380, plus 19-inch, 10-spoke alloy wheels ($600), bringing the total cost to $86,895. That's a lot of money whichever way you slice it, and the unfortunate truth is that the GS F doesn't offer enough luxury or performance to justify its price tag, especially when like-priced competitors overwhelm it both on the spec sheet and on the road.

Cadillac says the CTS-V does the sprint from zero-to-60 in 3.7 seconds, and it's capable of 200 mph. By Audi's estimation, the S6 is only a touch faster to 60 mph than the GS F (4.4 seconds), but it also costs more than $13,000 less.

For the GS F to remain competitive with these vehicles in this price range, it needs more of everything: more power, a better suspension and, above all, better steering feel. Lexus has done promising work with its designs of late (the LC 500 being the prime example), but it's time to put up on the performance front, as well.

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(5.0)
Value For The Money
(3.8)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Great Car So Far

by The Prof on May 29, 2018

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Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2017 Lexus GS F currently has 1 recall

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2017 Lexus GS F Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
marginal
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Lexus

Program Benefits

Every L/Certified vehicle now comes with an unlimited-mileage warranty up to 6 years, complimentary maintenance plan. Each L/Certified Pre-Owned Lexus must pass a rigorous inspection and be thoroughly reconditioned to meet the same high standards as a new Lexus. Exclusively at a Lexus dealership.

  • Limited Warranty

    Unlimited Mileage Warranty Up To 6 Years

    Warranty is valid for a minimum of two years/unlimited mileage after the expiration of 4 yr/50,000 mile new vehicle Basic Warranty, or two years from L/Certified purchase or lease date, whichever occurs later.
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 70,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 161 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The GS F received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker