High-performance GS-F saloon will arrive in 2013; SC to follow soon after

Lexus is planning to take on the BMW M5 with a super-saloon version of the GS, powered by the LFA’s V10, and will follow up that car with a new SC aimed at the likes of the Mercedes SL.

The new SC will be unveiled in mid-2014, although the current car is due to finish production this July, leaving a four-year gap between the two cars. However, the next model will be a hybrid, powered by a 5.0-litre V8 and an electric motor driving the rear wheels only.

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The high-performance GS-F saloon will arrive in 2013, with a detuned version of the LFA’s 4.8-litre V10.

Lexus engineers are working on reducing the engine’s capacity by around 200cc to 4.6 litres and power to 450bhp. The idea is to improve low-range torque, although even with the reduced power output the GS-F will become the most powerful road-going Japanese saloon ever built.

The GS-F will be fitted with Toyota’s first torque vectoring differential. Similar to the diff used on BMW’s M cars and the likes of the X6 SUV, the ‘torque split unit’ actively apportions drive between the rear wheels to aid handling. A similar system is also expected to be fitted to the new SC.

Before the new SC and GS-F arrive, Lexus will unveil its first hatchback at next month’s Geneva motor show.

The CT200h is a hybrid five-door and will go on sale in 2011. It’s based on the Prius platform but has been modified to provide a more sophisticated ride and handling; the Prius’s torsion beam rear suspension has been replaced by a double wishbone layout.

The powertrain electrics have been designed specifically for the Lexus, ensuring punchier power delivery from the electric motor. And the CT200h will have lithium ion batteries, making it the first Toyota product to do so.

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The Lexus GS has been injected with a few ounces of sportiness, making it a left-field contender in the mid-size exec category

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24 February 2010

This all sounds so good,but how about a new corporate image for the front of the car?,it still looks like it's a Merc badge from a distance,doesn't it?

Peter Cavellini.

24 February 2010

I think Lexus styling is bland whether the badge looks like a merc badge or not. They need to relook at the corporate image thing to really help establish themselves against the Germans. Like tem or not the three main executive German marques all have distinct looks.

24 February 2010

[quote Jon Hardcastle]I think Lexus styling is bland whether the badge looks like a merc badge or not. They need to relook at the corporate image thing to really help establish themselves against the Germans. Like tem or not the three main executive German marques all have distinct looks.[/quote]

The German Three have distinct looks, that's for sure.

Audi - gargoyle ugliness, personified by that preposterously aggressive grille. They're definitely getting uglier too - witness the current A4 against the previous one, for instance.

BMW - they seem keen to ditch the Bangle look, but don't seem sure how to replace it - hence the bland and lardy-looking new 5 series.

Mercedes-Benz - not sure what they're up to right now. With that mish-mash of creases and edges on the new E-class, they seem to be attempting a Bangle just as BMW seem to be ditching it.

It's quite nice to see an executive marque (Lexus) maintain a bland, inoffensive and unassuming style. Surprising as it may seem, some people would prefer to blend in, so it's good to see choice in the marketplace.

24 February 2010

[quote Dan McNeil v2]

Audi - gargoyle ugliness, personified by that preposterously aggressive grille. They're definitely getting uglier too - witness the current A4 against the previous one, for instance.

BMW - they seem keen to ditch the Bangle look, but don't seem sure how to replace it - hence the bland and lardy-looking new 5 series.

Mercedes-Benz - not sure what they're up to right now. With that mish-mash of creases and edges on the new E-class, they seem to be attempting a Bangle just as BMW seem to be ditching it.

It's quite nice to see an executive marque (Lexus) maintain a bland, inoffensive and unassuming style. Surprising as it may seem, some people would prefer to blend in, so it's good to see choice in the marketplace.

[/quote]Couldnt agree more.

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