Lexus’ product planning chief Karl Schlicht wants a GS-F

Article by Christian A., on March 27, 2012

Lexus’ senior Toyota management has yet to approve of product planning chief Karl Schlicht’s plan to start production of a top-performance GS-F super-saloon that will compete with the BMW M5 and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG. There have long been rumors that a GS-F is included in Lexus’s drive to boost the brand’s sporting image instead of being known as a producer of cars that are incredibly safe but are uninspired.

The GS-F would then be the last piece in a five-part product strategy. Lexus’ launch of the V10-powered LFA supercar, smaller V8-powered IS-F sports saloon and more focused F Sport trim levels in its standard range has already taken place.

Lexus is also reviving its lineup to have more distinctive designs. It also wants to focus more on the driving dynamics. Schlicht said that with a GS-F, there would be a “solid pyramid structure of performance models.” He said that it’s crucial that Lexus retains its refinement. If approved, it’s probable that the GS-F would be a powerful grand tourer instead of being an utterly focused driving tool.

Lexus hasn’t provided details of the powertrain to be used on the GS-F but sources said that it may be a detuned version of the LFA’s 4.8-litre engine. It would be decreased to 4.6 litres and would deliver about 450bhp, with an emphasis on improving low-end torque.

Schlict said that the new GS inspires the appearance and driving dynamics of the new IS. He said that the “new GS leads to the new IS.” The unique ‘spindle grille’ on the GS was used on the newly revised RX. The next-gen LS would also be expected to get the bold front end.

The new Lexus GS has a precisely sculpted exterior that fuses together distinctive style and engineering functionality. This expresses a new generation of the brand’s design philosophy, which Lexus will apply to its future models. The brand’s new design philosophy is evident in the car’s details, including the fins that are incorporated into the tail lamps’ side, and the boot area design, helping direct air past and over the car.

Moreover, the new Lexus GS’s signature spindle grille plus its trapezoidal contours merges into the bold front bumper so as to allow efficient airflow. This particular design feature, combined with the high-tech and deep-set headlamps and the LED daytime running lamps, expresses the vehicle's dynamic and confident character. These headlamps employ a projector beam design, which adds a strong and chiseled look and excellent illumination.

Meanwhile, when viewed from the side, the car projects the image of a performance saloon that is spacious and has a road-hugging stance. Its tapered lower door sills as well as its short front overhang lend a sense of motion to the vehicle. The width-enhancing wheel arches, on the other hand, add a sporty stance and hint at the dynamic abilities of the car.

Additionally, the rear bumper boasts a diffuser as well as centered aero fins, helping control underbody airflow. These rear bumper features, combined with the car’s L-shaped LED tail lamps, offer a high-performance look.

Even the paint technology that Lexus uses has been developed so as to produce subtle bodylines that are more noticeable and create a surface that appears finely polished. Moreover, new colors benefit from glass flakes that have been incorporated into the car’s coating. These give the paint a high level of brilliance. Lexus engineers have also come up with a new coating technology that makes the paint look more radiant, with the metallic texture providing defined and sharp highlights and strong shading.

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