I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, some days are better than others.
This day i got to smoke about in a Lexus GSF was a particularly good day.
In a world that is becoming increasingly sanitised and restrictive, the Lexus GSF is one of a handful of rebellious cars sticking two fingers up at the fun police.
It’s not some tarted up pretender, this is a real, seasoned contender. Parked, quietly poised, it looked lean, fit and ready for action. The GSF is like that young guy you met once, wearing a really expensive suit and looking like a male model, ripped and handsome, good at everything.
You want to hate him but you can’t help admiring him.
I agree, the exterior is a little subjective, I get that. What it isn’t is a familiar, sensible old gentleman’s express, instead, Lexus opted for the new school, well dressed, head turning approach. It’s built for a purpose and makes no apologies for being that ambitious, good looking and aspirational.
Opening the driver’s door, you are greeted with the coolest of interiors. It reeks of class with quality materials and driver focused ergonomics.
when you compare sitting inside an AMG Mercedes, you can’t help thinking that Mercedes are trying really hard to be, what they think its customer base wants them to be. This Lexus is what it is. The Lexus GSF feels entirely complete. Slide into the beautiful, sculpted, leather bucket seats and you feel like an integral part of the car, immediately at home and comfortable. It’s like it’s been made just for you.
The Lexus in my opinion is near perfect. It has what it needs and it feels like it will last forever. I felt immediately at home, with controls and they were easy to figure out and use. Compare this to my last outing in a modern M-series BMW with its million different settings for gearbox, suspension, steering, and god knows what else – I’d need to have a NASA degree to even get to the shops.
So I’ve sold you the dream and we’ve established it looks good inside and out, but that’s just the starting point of what makes this car lit AF. Fire the GSF up and you almost feel guilty as the noise is so magnificent, it’s criminal.
Powered by a 5L petrol V8 that produces 477 DIN hp at 7100rpm and 530 Nm of torque that’s enough to give my nan a 30 second face lift as I plant the good foot off the lights.
There’s a flappy paddle gearbox and I’m not a fan of flappy paddles. However, this one almost has me coming out the closet of flappyness. Changes were fast, fuss free and precise but it still feels mechanical and direct.
Acceleration is relentless – I know i’ve mentioned it, but it’s that good I’m going to say it twice.
It’s an assault on your senses, addictive as any vice, i’d say this is mechanical crack. Chucking it around some B-roads nothing unsettles it, not once did I feel threatened or scared, like a giant amongst men, you feel invincible, a total B-road slayer, the McGregor of the automotive highway.
Laying off the loud pedal, taking it steady for a few miles allowed me to catch my breath, but it wasn’t long till the hunt for clear road starting niggling away at your soul and making that glorious 32 valve V8 shout again.
Let’s not forget that this supercar level of performance is wrapped up in a 4 door family car. A family car that can get to 100kph in 4.6 seconds and see an official top speed of just shy of 170 mph. That’s mental
Closing case on why this car should be on your driveway
It’s looks great, it’s a V8, it goes like race car on the road and can turn it’s hand to anything. I could do the school run in the morning, drive over to Silverstone and slay all on a track day, pop to a supermarket, throw my suit on and visit a customer on the way back to pick the kids up from School. Magnificent. Thanks Lexus.