It’s been heard through the grapevine that the 2013 Lexus GS F Sport models will bear similar cosmetic characteristics to the $400,000 LFA supercar, but it gets even better. Lexus GS chief engineer Yoshihiko Kanamori has hinted to GoAuto that therer will be a GS F and it will not only resemble the LFA, but possibly carry a version of the 4.8-liter V-10 found in the supercar.
Mr. Kanamori said Lexus never planned to carry on with the V-10 project, but that it was “technically feasible to fit the engine into the new GS.” Further proving the idea has been seriously pondered, he said the engine would have to be detuned to deliver more torque instead of power.
“But I am not sure,” he said. “We have some plan for the next F model.”
Such uncertainty is not necessarily a bad sign. The IS F sports sedan also started off as just a side project, and it seems as though the V-10 GS F is headed down the same path. Another factor helping the situation is the fact the V-8-powered GS460 is being dropped from lineup.
The Lexus team is currently preparing the GS F Sport models set to appear later in the year, and offered a peek at what those models may look like in a presentation slide at Pebble Beach. Given a more aggressive appearance, the F models will have LFA characteristics found in the LF-Gh concept, with the ‘spindle-grille’ looking meaner with a partly blacked-out bar across the center of the main opening.
The standard GS450h hybrid is headed to the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, and while staying tight-lipped about in-depth details, Mr. Kanamori spoke rather highly about it. He said it would “outperform” the current GS hybrid. That shouldn’t require much — the current GS450h hits 0-60 in 5.9 seconds (0.1 seconds slower than the GS460) with its 3.5-liter V-6 engine and 650-volt electric motor. The advances Lexus is making with hybrid technology is the sole reason the V-8 is being dropped from Lexus’ lineup altogether.
But of course, let’s not forget about the plug-in hybrid version of the GS350, which is also scheduled to bow at the Frankfurt, and make it to production a lot sooner than previously thought. Mr. Kanamori said, “We should be starting to think about it in the current model life.”
Below are photos of the 2012 Lexus GS350 and Lexus LF-Gh concept.