2 doors, or a world of a difference
I didn’t much like the RC F. Truthfully, it only looks good from far, has a decent interior, drives like a boat but thank the Lord Petrolhead for the normally-aspirated 5.0-litre V8! Now, You’d think I’d feel the same about the GS F as it’s the same car with two extra doors but you’re dead wrong.
The GS F is a right proper sport sedan with all the veracious ingredients set in place. Unlike the RC F, the closer you get to the GS F, the more its highlights come to life. None of which are more taking than its 19’ wheels with subtle dishing in the rear. The front spindle-grille sits better between the side air intakes and the full LED headlights. The hood is spared the nasty hump the RC F sports and simply enough, the proportions and stance are completely on the mark.
The cabin too makes more sense. Although I do like the IS-sourced dash in the RC, the GS’ is more conventional and, I can’t believe I’m writing this but the Remote Touch joystick is so very user-friendly (albeit terrible compared to most others) compared to the RC’s nasty touchpad. I like the gauges, the fat steering wheel and the multiple golf-bag-accommodating trunk. Points are awarded to the firm supportive front seats too.
The bulk of the scoring once more goes to the delicious and creamy-smooth V8. This one’s a revver so keeping engine speeds above 3,500 rpm is ideal for maximum fun. The 8-speed autobox compensates nicely below that speed, allowing for some seriously quick take-offs. But then, unfortunately, it doesn’t play nice, won’t always rev-match, and was occasionally slow to react.
My more forgiving mindset, having been seduced by everything else to do with the car, accepted that Lexus had made only this one single crucial mistake with the GS F. Otherwise, it’s fabulous and worth the $100k.