Upon the unveiling of the 2013 Lexus GS, it becomes all the more believable that Lexus will soon release a performance version of the sedan that will rival the BMW M5 and Mercedes-Benz C63. It has been speculated that this model will be named the GS F, drawn from the fact that the high-performance V8-powered version of the smaller IS is known as the IS F.
Lexus has yet to confirm that there will be a GS F but Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda implied that there is such a model when he recently spoke with journalists in Pebble Beach, California.
Toyoda said that he is hoping that the “most sophisticated” drivers will choose Lexus and that the brand will compete globally, according to InsideLine. He assured the journalists that the high-performance Lexus models such as the F Sport and F models will be staying.
Toyoda is actually a very skilled driver. To get to the interview from San Francisco, he drove a 2013 GS 350, switching off along the way to a Mercedes E-Class and a BMW 5 Series. He made the trip in record time, getting to the venue early and surprising his handlers.
It’s believed that if the GS F does enter production, it will feature a supercharged version of the 5.0-liter V8, which had powered the IS F.
Cadillac has had much success with supercharging in the CTS-V and it’s likely that Lexus will select this option instead of the pricier and more complex turbocharging. It’s likely that it could deliver about 550hp, which is much higher than the 414hp output that the V8 offers in the IS F. It’s likely that these two cars will use the same eight-speed automatic transmission.