2020 Lexus GS F

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2020 Lexus GS F Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: January 9, 2020

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In a lineup of four-door sedans that boast a V6, the Lexus GS F gets a V8. That, however, isn’t the only thing that makes this Lexus stand out. The GS F stands on the shoulder of the GS lineup. It includes track-tested and performance-oriented features that simply make it standout, and not just in the segment of four-door sedans, but amongst other Lexus’s as well.

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Pros

GS F-specific styling

Driver-focused interior

Plenty of track-inspired equipment

Well laid-out and upscale cabin

Spacious cargo

Cons

Cramped second row

A bit expensive for its segment

What's New?

No noticeable changes for the year 2020


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$85010

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

303 cu.in.

horsepower

467 hp @ 7100 rpm

torque

389 lbs.-ft. @ 4800 rpm

transmission

8 speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

61.2/61.4

dimensions

wheelbase

112.2 in.

length

193.5 in.

width

72.6 in.

height

56.7 in.

curb weight

4034 lbs.

ground clearance

5.1 in.

capacity

passenger volume

90.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

14.1 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.5 sec.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

6 yr. / 70000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr. / unlimited


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Videos
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Styles

 2020 Lexus GS F in Atomic Silver color  2020 Lexus GS F in Caviar color  2020 Lexus GS F in Liquid Platinum color  2020 Lexus GS F in Matador Red Mica color  2020 Lexus GS F in Obsidian color
Atomic Silver

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Ratings

Features

5.5

Interior

7.5

7.5

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Lexus GS F Base

Base

power
467 hp @ 7100 rpm
fuel
Premium
mpg
20 combined

$85,010


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan (5.0L 8cyl 8A) Starting at $85,010 MSRP (16/20/24) 467 hp @ 7100 rpm, 5L, V-8, Premium
8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual rear wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.5

Overall Rating


For starters, the GS F gets a torque-vectoring differential, which is a first in the Lexus lineup. Besides that it also gets Lexus’s quick-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission with Sport direct-shift features. These features make the GS F the most agile and composed Lexus sedan ever. Its race-inspired cabin is simply the icing on the cake that the GS F’s 467 hp V8 is.

That cake, however, goes up against the likes of the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio and Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53. While these sedans cost less than the GS F and have smaller capacity engines, they are in no way overshadowed by the GS F’s presence. As a matter of fact, both these sedans might just be more practical and aggressive than the more expensive GS F.

2020 Lexus GS F Sedan Front View
2020 Lexus GS F Sedan Front View
2020 Lexus GS F Sedan Rear View
2020 Lexus GS F Sedan Rear View

5.5/10
Features

 
 
 

7.5/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2020 Lexus GS F Features

5.5/10

The GS F is the most powerful and performance-oriented sibling of Lexus’s GS lineup. It gets a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 churning 467 hp and 389 lb.-ft. torque, which also makes the GS F the most competent Lexus ever. Other GS F-specific features include torque-vectoring differential, five drive modes and adaptive suspension.

While these features enhance the GS F’s sportiness, power tilt-and telescoping sport steering wheel, race-inspired instrumentation, high-back sport seats, aluminum pedals and paddle-shifters help the driver stay ready-to-race at all times.

Trim

GS F

MSRP RWD

$85,010

Key features

Torque vectoring differential

 

Dynamic gauge cluster

 

Brembo brakes

 

Lexus safety system+

 

17-speaker Mark Levinson surround sound system

 

12.3-inch split-screen multimedia display

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The GS F is an exclusive offering from Lexus that has no alternatives. It is a single, all-inclusive package that inculcates in itself practically all the features one would need. Though a handful of individual packages can enhance this Lexus’s exclusivity.

2020 Lexus GS F Engine and Performance

The Lexus GS F is a unique sedan, even for Lexus. It gets a high-revving, naturally aspirated V8 capable of producing 467 hp and 389 lb.-ft. torque. A quick-shifting eight-speed automatic gearbox channels all that power and torque to the back of this Lexus sedan. Both eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drivetrain are stand-alone choices on the GS F.

The eight-speed automatic unit, with Sport Direct-shift feature, allows you to hold gears and take charge of this Lexus sedan with the help of steering-wheel mounted paddle-shifters to engage the enthusiast in you. At the same time, its rear-wheel drivetrain with Lexus-first torque-vectoring differential improves agility and straight-line stability.

Models

Lexus GS F

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

Mercedes-benz AMG E 53

Maserati Ghibli

MSRP

$85,010

$74,245

$73,800

$74,490

Engine

5.0L V8 premium

2.9-liter V6 premium

3.0-liter I6

3.0-liter V6

Transmission

8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual

8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual

9-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Horsepower

467 hp @ 7,100 rpm

505 hp @ 6,500 rpm

429 hp @ 6100 rpm

424 hp @ 5750 rpm

Torque

389 lb.-ft. @ 4,800 rpm

443 lb.-ft. @ 2,500 rpm

384 lb.-ft. @ 1800 rpm

428 lb.-ft. @ 2250 rpm

The Lexus GS F is the only sedan in this segment to get a V8 where most others only get a V6. This puts the GS F well ahead of all the others. It is the Giulia Quadrifoglio, however, that impresses most with its 505 hp 2.9-liter V6.

How fast is the Lexus GS F?

The Lexus GS F features five driving modes, of which, it feels most lively in Sport+ mode. Even the torque-vectoring differential, a first in the Lexus lineup, features three modes for improved grip and stability, while the F-adaptive suspension stiffen up for a more responsive feel while accelerating.

2020 Lexus GS F Sedan Side View
2020 Lexus GS F Sedan 0-60 MPH In just 4.5 sec

With mounds of power from the burly V8 and requisite rigidity in Sport+ mode, the GS F 350 sets off with great zeal. Like any other Lexus, however, the GS F is also on the calmer side of things. Despite having all the power and the ability to use it, the GS F is never in a hurry to strike a blow. Rather it takes its own time to fire up. The fact that this Lexus is no lightweight also affects acceleration.

Model

Lexus GS F

Alfa Romeo Giulia

Mercedes-benz AMG E 53

Maserati Ghibli

0-60 MPH

4.5

3.8

4.4

4.7

Quarter Mile

12.9

11.9

12.6

12.8

Engine

4.0L V8

2.9L V6

3.0L I6

3.0L V6

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/yr)

9.4

8.9

7.3

9.3

There is no beating the lightweight Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, not even for the V8 powered GS F. The Giulia Quadrifoglio might only get a 2.9-liter V6, pretty petite as compared to the 5.0-liter V8 of the GS F, but at 505 hp its V6 is more powerful than any other sedan in this lineup.

What about the braking performance of the Lexus GS F?

Helping this Lexus sedan in coming to a standstill are brakes from Brembo on all its corners. The larger, six-piston monoblock calipers up front and smaller, four-piston monoblock calipers at the back are more than capable of shedding this sedan’s speed.

2020 Lexus GS F Sedan Brakes
2020 Lexus GS F Sedan Front Brake is 14.9 in.

All four disc brakes of the GS F are slotted and ventilated so they don’t heat up even after repeated harsh braking. Also keeping the brakes from heating up are large air intakes up front. So any person driving this Lexus need not worry about fading response.

Model

Lexus GS F

Alfa Romeo Giulia

Mercedes-benz AMG E 53

Maserati Ghibli

Brake front

(in.)

14.9

14.2

14.6

13.6

Brake Rear

(in.)

13.5

13.8

14.2

13.0

Curb Weight

(lbs.)

4034

3820

4134

3990

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

107

N/A

110

The 14.9-inch front disc brakes of the Lexus GS F are the largest in the segment, which is totally justified keeping in mind how much this sedan weighs. Yet it is the lightweight Giulia Quadrifoglio that manages to stop as well as it accelerates.

What about its driving dynamics?

The GS F is a very driver-focused Lexus as is proven by its sport steering wheel, aluminum pedals, paddle-shifters and race-inspired display gauge. To further enhance the driver’s experience, the GS F also features five driving modes: Normal, Comfort, Eco, Sport and Sport+. Even the torque-vectoring differential gets three settings: Standard, Slalom and Track. Of all the three modes, the Standard mode offers most optimized balance between performance and efficiency.

2020 Lexus GS F Sedan Rear View
2020 Lexus GS F Sedan Rear View

Things only get more rad from here on. In the Slalom mode, the steering becomes a lot more responsive and the torque-vectoring differential stiffens things up for better agility. Most fun in the GS F, however, is had when you set the differential in Track mode. Doing so allows the eight-speed automatic with sport direct-shift transmission to hold on to a shorter gear as you enter a curve, ensuring an abundance of power as you charge out of them. At the same time, the torque-vectoring differential sends more power to the rear, outside wheel for improved composure around turns.

However, the Lexus GS F is also fairly radical. Its well put together chassis and F-adaptive suspension make up for commendable rigidity without compromising comfort. This Lexus might have been honed for the track, but commands composure even off of it by comfortably gliding over bumps and undulations over roads that are not as smooth.

2020 Lexus GS F Fuel Economy

Never does a V8 offer great efficiency, and the one on the GS F is no different. All that power makes the 5.0-liter V8 eat like a raging monster. Also the fact that the GS F is significantly heavy, further reduces its efficiency. If it were not for its relatively large fuel tank, the GS F does disappoint as far as practicality is concerned.

Model

Lexus GS F

Alfa Romeo Giulia

Mercedes-benz AMG E 53

Maserati Ghibli

MPG (city)

16

17

21

16

MPG (highway)

24

25

28

24

MPG (combined)

19

20

24

19

Fuel tank capacity (gallons)

17.4

15.3

21.1

21.1

Range (city/highway) (miles)

278/418

260/383

443/591

338/506

Owning a V8 makes things just that much more uncomfortable for the GS F. It returns only average fuel efficiency but a large fuel tank helps improve its range. In that case, it is the 505 hp Giulia Quadrifoglio that suffers the most.

2020 Lexus GS F Interior

7.5/10

On the inside, the GS F feels a lot more premium and upscale for its price and segment, and at the same time more focused towards the driver. Everything from the high-back sport seats to the dynamic instrument gauges will make you want to take charge of the GS F. Also the black carbon fiber accents and soft leather-trimmed seats feel simply top-notch.

2020 Lexus GS F Sedan Front Seats
2020 Lexus GS F Sedan Front Seats

What disappoints about this Lexus sedan though is its constricting second row. While headroom is sufficient, legroom in the second row can be discerning for taller passengers who will rue longer commutes.

Model

Lexus GS F

Alfa Romeo Giulia

Mercedes-benz AMG E 53

Maserati Ghibli

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

38.0/57.2/40.6

38.6/56.1/42.4

37.3/57.8/41.7

38.8/57.8/37.7

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

37.8/55.7/32.8

37.6/53.6/35.1

38.2/57.1/36.2

38.8/56.5/33.2

Space in the second row of this Lexus sedan is definitely not at par with others, specially the Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53. That sedan has the most accommodating cabin.

Does it come loaded with tech inside?

Adding a modern flair to the GS F’s cabin is a large 12.3-inch split-screen multimedia display with the following tech:

  • Lexus Enform Destination assist
  • Navigation
  • Bluetooth
  • Lexus Enform app suite
  • Lexus Enform service connect
  • Siri eyes free
  • HD radio
  • Homelink

What about utility?

The Lexus GS F might compromise on second-row space but does well to impress with the size of its trunk. The longer wheelbase and minimalistic design equips this sedan with a boot big enough to offer decent practicality.

2020 Lexus GS F Sedan Cargo Space
2020 Lexus GS F Sedan Cargo Volume with rear seats up is 14.0 cu ft.

Model

Lexus GS F

Alfa Romeo Giulia

Mercedes-benz AMG E 53

Maserati Ghibli

Cargo Volume with rear seats up (ft.3)

14.0

N/A

13.1

17.7

At 14.0 cubic feet, the Lexus GS F does well to offer decent a spacious boot. That however is no match to what the Ghibli has to offer, and a lot of that results from the fact that the Maserati has the longest wheelbase.

Creature comforts on offer in the Lexus GS F

As a premium offering from lexus, the GS F sedan boasts a wide variety of convenience features that enhance the level of indulgence for occupants inside it. They include features like:

  • Smart Access
  • Remote touch
  • Color head-up display
  • USB-equipped center console
  • 17-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound system
  • Power tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Heated and ventilated front row seats
2020 Lexus GS F Sedan Interior
2020 Lexus GS F Sedan Interior
2020 Lexus GS F Sedan Interior
2020 Lexus GS F Sedan Interior
2020 Lexus GS F Sedan Interior
2020 Lexus GS F Sedan Interior
2020 Lexus GS F Sedan Interior
2020 Lexus GS F Sedan Interior
2020 Lexus GS F Sedan Interior
2020 Lexus GS F Sedan Interior

2020 Lexus GS F Exterior

The GS F might be the most performance-oriented and powerful Lexus sedan, but looks a lot more sedate. Except for its imposing front grille and large intakes on the front bumper, the GS F carries over a very minimalistic design statement.

Up front, the massive Lexus spindle grille is flanked by premium triple-beam LED headlamps at the sides and unusually large air-vents at the bottom. The flared fenders bulge out to accommodate those vents and add to the GS F’s bulk.

2020 Lexus GS F Sedan Three Quarter View
2020 Lexus GS F Sedan Three Quarter View

Things at the sides, however, are relatively dialed down. Clean, straight lines flow all the way to the back making this Lexus look like a proper sedan. Things at the back again take a sporty turn with carbon-fiber rear spoiler and stacked quad-tip exhaust pipes.

Model

Lexus GS F

Alfa Romeo Giulia

Mercedes-benz AMG E 53

Maserati Ghibli

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4034

3820

4134

3990

Length (in.)

193.5

182.6

195.2

195.7

Width (in.)

72.6

73.8

73.2

76.6

Height (in.)

56.7

56.1

57.0

57.5

Ground Clearance (in.)

5.1

N/A

4.5

4.5

Wheelbase (in.)

112.2

111.0

115.7

118.0

Track Width (in.) F/R

61.2/61.4

61.2/63.3

64.1/62.9

64.4/65.1

No sedan in this segment is as puny as the Giulia Quadrifoglio. However, it’s the Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 that is heftiest of them all. But both the GS F and Ghibli are relatively bulky as well.

What are those eye catching features?

The most noticeable exterior features incorporated in the GS F’s exterior styling that make it look like a proper sedan that can rule the tracks are:

  • Lexus spindle grille
  • Premium triple-beam LED headlamps
  • Air vents on front bumper
  • Flared and vented fenders
  • LED taillamps
  • Carbon fiber rear spoiler
  • Quad-tip exhaust outlets
2020 Lexus GS F Sedan Exterior
2020 Lexus GS F Sedan Exterior
2020 Lexus GS F Sedan Exterior
2020 Lexus GS F Sedan Exterior
2020 Lexus GS F Sedan Exterior
2020 Lexus GS F Sedan Exterior
2020 Lexus GS F Sedan Exterior
2020 Lexus GS F Sedan Exterior
2020 Lexus GS F Sedan Exterior
2020 Lexus GS F Sedan Exterior

2020 Lexus GS F Safety

The Lexus GS F, as a premium offering from a luxury brand that sits on top of the GS lineup, not only offers a wide variety of performance and comfort features but also comes well equipped with all the necessary safety features which are as follows:

  • Lexus Safety System+
  • Lexus Enform safety connect
  • 10 airbag system
  • Rigid body structure with crumple zones
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Backup camera with dynamic gridlines
  • Intuitive parking assist

2020 Lexus GS F Competition

Lexus GS F vs. Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

It’s hard not just for the GS F but for pretty much any other sedan out there to offer the kind of performance that the Giulia Qadrifoglio offers. This Alfa Romeo though is also a tad bit more practical than the GS F. For starters, the Giulia Quadrifoglio is less expensive than this Lexus sedan. It also has a more accommodating cabin, and even though both these sedans offer about equal levels of practicality, the Giulia Quadrifoglio with its higher levels of performance and less expensive price tag impresses a lot more.

Lexus GS F vs. Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53

The Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 is the less expensive sedan in this case. At the same time, it is more punchier despite having a smaller capacity engine. The fact that this Merc is also more accommodating and offers better efficiency than the Lexus simply makes it a more sensible choice. The only thing that actually works for the GS F is its bigger boot.

2020 Lexus GS F Final Verdict

The Lexus GS F is most definitely a very premium offering from Lexus. It gets all the bells and whistles to make it stand out. As compared to other sedans in this segment though the GS F does appear to be a little less impressive. It is also a bit expensive for its class, but that is still understandable considering its exclusive V8 and top-quality materials. Overall, the Lexus GS F is a mixed-bag of sorts rather than being as exclusive as it wants to be.