Western Suburbs Weekly - - Driveway - Bill Buys

YOU can sit in the back seat the new Lexus GSF, tune in to your favourite ra­dio sta­tion, set your air com­fort level and even heat the seat.

But that’s just one of the lux­ury car's many fea­tures.

What mat­ters most are its dy­namic looks and sound.

The big movie star sedan looks as if it be­longs in a 007 film and it has a sound­track to match, the lat­ter pro­vided by a 5.0litre V8 with some very im­pres­sive num­bers: 351kW and 530Nm.

The bur­ble, or bel­low, depend­ing on how far down the ac­cel­er­a­tor has been pushed, is re­leased through a quar­tet of chromed tailpipes. And then there's the trans­mis­sion: an eight speeder.

But far from be­ing on the edge of boofi­ness, it's su­per-re­fined.

The mus­cu­lar en­gine will hap­pily rev be­yond 7000rpm, it will pro­pel the 1850kg car to 100km/h in 4.6 sec­onds and it can be switched from nor­mal to sport, sport-plus or, at the other end, ' eco'!

Did they for­get it's a 5.0litre V8? Not re­ally.

Too­tle off down to Al­bany or up to Dar­win and the en­gine needs only about dou­ble idle speed to run along at 110km/h in eighth.

It won't use much fuel at all like that, but city traf­fic takes a higher toll and the of­fi­cial av­er­age is 11.3, al­though it's closer to 12.5 in real world terms.

The car, priced from $149,000, is a beauty in looks, fit and fin­ish, and comes with a be­wil­der­ing ar­ray of stan­dard good­ies.

The stereo is a 17-speaker Mark Levin­son, there's a 12.3 inch cen­tre screen, Al­can­tara-trimmed in­te­rior, pow­ered multi- po­si­tion sports seats, a heads-up dis­play, a 'moon' roof that works per­fectly well in day­time too, sat­nav with traf­fic alerts, an elec­tric sun­shade and a seem­ingly end­less list of safety fea­tures.

But the five-seater was re­ally cre­ated to please driv­ers with more than a bit of per­for­mance in mind.

The 'F' af­ter the GS comes from the Fuji Speed­way and is in­dica­tive of the car's sport­ing pedi­gree.

Exclusive to the F Lexi are dig­i­tal in­stru­ments that change from street to track mode when Sport or Sport-plus trans­mis­sion is selected, and the eight-speed gear­box can be switched from auto to man­ual for ul­ti­mate driver in­volve­ment.

The me­chan­i­cal bits are well up to 007 de­mands, and road man­ners and han­dling are com­men­su­rate with the car's breed­ing.

As they say in Lexus­land, it em­bod­ies the soul of the LFA su­per­car.

The GS F rides on 19-inch smoke-fin­ish al­loy wheels with dif­fer­ent sized tyres: 235/ 40 in front and 265/35 at the back. The spare is an al­loy space­saver.

Stop­ping power is via big ven­ti­lated Brem­bos with orange-painted calipers that do a com­mend­able job.

Packed with ev­ery con­ceiv­able com­fort and con­ve­nience fea­ture, it wouldn't be out of place at a track day. And it's a re­fresh­ing al­ter­na­tive to the trio of hot Teu­tons in its class. We loved it.

Verdict: Ev­ery­thing you want in a pre­mium sports sedan.

The GS F is a lux­u­ri­ous Lexus with a power punch.

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