Report: Lexus GS-F still not approved, product planning chief trying his best for a thumbs-up

Ever since the new Lexus GS 350 made its debut last year, we’ve been a bit disappointed that it doesn’t come with a V8 and that the brand has announced no plans to do a high-performance version that would compete with the likes of the BMW M5 and the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG. Well, that could change.

Speaking to AutoCar, Lexus’ product planning chief Karl Schlicht would ‘love to see’ the a high-performance GS to make it into production. The model, which would be known as the GS-F, has not yet been approved by Toyota management, but he is trying his best to get the thumbs up. We’re not sure why Toyota management wouldn’t approve such a vehicle since it would give the Lexus brand massive exposure, but there’s probably some reason.

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“With a GS-F, we would have a solid pyramid structure of performance models,” said Schlicht.

Power wise the model could carry the Lexus LFA’s 4.8 liter engine, which would be detuned to produce around 500-hp.

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– By: Omar Rana

Source: AutoCar