The 2020 GS F is Lexus’ refined GS sedan that Lexus elevates to sports-sedan status with a high-revving V-8 and big brakes. It also features a sport-tuned suspension. Although the GS F may be getting old, we still love its powerful intake sounds and rear-wheel drive platform. The GS F is a bit of a dying breed. It uses a naturally-aspirated V-8 engine rather than a smaller, boosted one to make its power. However, the GS F is not a hot rod. The GS F has a spacious trunk and an interior that is roomy. It also features a range of standard driver assistance technologies. The GS F is a great choice if you are looking for performance and distinction in the luxury-sedan mid-size segment.
What’s new for 2020?
The 2020 GS F has not been changed. For the 2020 model year, the standard 19-inch wheels, sideview reflector caps and B-pillars have been replaced with black. The old orange Brembo brakecalipers have been retired. An optional blue Brembo brake caliper is available at no additional cost.
Pricing and Which One To Buy
There are no additional trims for the GS F. Only options. We would need to buy the blue Brembos and $1400 Mark Levinson surround sound audio system if we wanted to purchase one. Other than that, everything else is optional as the GS F includes all the creature features that you would expect from a vehicle costing nearly $90,000. Lexus Safety System+ suites of driver-assistance technologies are included.
Performance, Transmission and Engine
The F has a single powertrain option, unlike its lesser GS sibling. It comes with a 5.0-liter naturally-aspirated V-8 engine that produces 467 horsepower and 389 lbft of torque. This is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission which sends the power to the rear wheels. Our last GS F tested was able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds, and reach the quarter-mile in 12.9 seconds at 113 mph. It is still difficult for the Lexus to keep up with German competitors, most of which are in the high three-second range to 60mph. This is mainly because it does not have all-wheel drive. The slight loss in power will not be felt by most shoppers. They will be too distracted by the well-damped suspension, burly V-8 crescendo and speeding down the interstate to get to their next stockholder meeting.
Fuel Economy and Real World MPG
The 2020 Lexus GS F should achieve 16/24 mpg on the highway/city, according to the EPA. The GS F is slightly less efficient than its rivals. All of them have forced induction, such as superchargers or turbos, or hybrid technology, and lower displacement six- or eight-cylinders. It’s hard to overlook the wonderful sounds of the nonturbo V-8. During our time with the GS F we measured 27 mpg in our 75-mph highway fuel economy test. The E53 sedan achieved 22 mpg overall, and 32 mpg in our highway loop.
Interior, Comfort, & Cargo
Although the cabin of the GS F may not be the most luxurious, it is still very affordable. Some rivals have more luxurious materials and feel premium. The GS F’s sporty intentions are undisputed. The center console and dashboard feature carbon fiber inlaid, while all other surfaces are covered with leather or faux suede. The leather seats with bolstered leather are both supportive and comfortable. This combination is great for carving corners and moving in traffic. While other competitors do a better task of infusing their interiors with rich materials and class than the GS’s, few can match its comparatively large cargo hold. It is 18 cubic feet larger than class leaders like the Mercedes-Benz E-class or the Audi A6. We wish the GS F was a little more luxurious considering its $86,000 cost.
Connectivity and Infotainment
2020 Lexus GS F models include a 12.3 inch display and Lexus’s Remote Touch Interface infotainment systems. This system uses a rectangular mouse-like controller. The system is not intuitive and requires practice. The GS F comes standard with a 12-speaker sound system and Bluetooth phone and music streaming. Voice-activated navigation is also available. There are few additional features to the GS F beyond a Mark Levinson 17-speaker audio system and a head up display.