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The reg­u­lar GS doesn't have a big rear dif­fuser, ground ef­fects and a car­bon fi­bre deck­lid spoiler, does it?

The Lexus GS F is a V8-pow­ered, rear­wheel drive, high-per­for­mance sedan that looks a lot like it drives: fast and ag­gres­sive.

The fun be­gins un­der the hood, where Lexus en­gi­neers have chucked the plebian V6 from the GS into the re­cy­cle bin and re­placed it with a 5.0L V8 that pumps out 467 horse­power and 389 lb-ft. of torque.

Power is put to the ground through the rear wheels via an 8-speed Sports Di­rect Shift au­to­matic trans­mis­sion com­plete with a man­ual mode and steer­ing-wheel mounted pad­dle shifters.

Handling is aided by a plethora of ad­vanced con­trol tech, in­clud­ing Torque Vec­tor­ing Dif­fer­en­tial, Ve­hi­cle Dy­nam­ics In­te­grated Man­age­ment and, of course, trac­tion con­trol.

Lexus's AVS, short for Lin­ear Adap­tive Vari­able Sus­pen­sion sys­tem, which al­lows damp­ing to be con­trolled with more pre­ci­sion, is also stan­dard kit.

Work­ing hand in glove with all of this en­gi­neer­ing is a drive mode sys­tem fea­tur­ing nor­mal, eco, sport and sport plus set­tings that al­ter the GS F's on-road com­port­ment from ex­cuse me, kind sir all the way up to get the hell outta my way, mag­got!

In­side, the Lexus has upped the per­for­mance ante with richly fin­ished – and quite firm – Re­caro-like sport seats, steer­ing wheel and shift knob, all of which are wrapped in per­fo­rated leather with ex­posed stitch­ing that feels nice when you run your fin­gers over it.

A mas­sive 12.3-inch LCD dis­play with nav­i­ga­tion, satel­lite ra­dio, Blue­tooth and scads of other con­nec­tiv­ity fea­tures an­chors the cen­tre stack, while an Al­can­tara-fin­ished con­sole lid and dash cowl with car­bon fi­brelook­ing trim in­serts com­plete a per­for­mance-ori­ented cock­pit that matches the car's looks.

I'm not a big fan of the rather awk­ward and un­in­tu­itive Lexus Re­mote Touch in­fo­tain­ment con­toller, but other con­trols, knobs and switches are well-ex­e­cuted.

The GS F is de­signed for track use, and I can at­test that it did feel at home in that en­vi­ron­ment when I drove one on the Vancouver Is­land Mo­tor­sport Cir­cuit near Vic­to­ria last Novem­ber.

To be hon­est, the GS F was a bit too much car for that cir­cuit. Lots of switch­backs, hard brak­ing zones and tricky com­pres­sion turns made the GS F feel like a bit of a caged an­i­mal, but there's no doubt in my mind it has the po­ten­tial to be a good track­ing car – it just needs a big­ger cir­cuit where it can stretch its legs.

The Grand Prix track at Cana­dian Tire Mo­tor­sport Park fits that bill – hope­fully, I'll get the chance to hus­tle a GS F on that cir­cuit some­day.

In the mean­time, how­ever, I can re­port on the GS F's man­ners on pub­lic roads.

On a va­ri­ety of sur­faces from smooth to ex­tremely rough, the GS F de­liv­ered a quiet and com­posed ride that


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