Lexus F series is recognized for its unconventional front end styling.
Onlookers either love it or hate it.
Lexus designers are okay with that and embrace the difference of opinion, citing it starts a conversation about the Lexus brand.
Indeed it does.
Lexus GS F touts the brand’s radial looks wrapped in 4-door sport attire punctuated by an oversized deep-drop spool-shaped grille that dominates the car’s front end.
Adding to the bold appearance are slim sweptback LED headlamps that feature bright “check-mark” daytime running lights. Functional air intake ports anchor the aggressive look.
But what the outside promises, Lexus GS F delivers with a 5.0-liter V-8 engine that builds 467 horsepower managed by an 8-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel mounted “F” spec paddle shifters for performance that eclipses 0-60 miles per hour in 4.4 seconds.
Independent-front and multilink rear suspension with stabilizer bars along with Brembo ventilated disc brakes aid control and forward momentum.
A standard Drive Mode System gives the driver selection of Normal, ECO, Sport and Sport S+ performance dynamics.
Sport mode delivers brisk throttle response while Sport S+ gains quicker downshifts that benefit aggressive driving through corners and during hard braking.
Sport S+ also holds gears longer for enhanced control and exit speed through corners.
ECO mode adjusts the output of power and the climate control system for more economical operation, while Normal mode finds the best of both worlds by balancing the fuel economy and engine output.
Inside, Lexus GS F dons a well-appointed interior with smooth leather trimmed “F” spec sport seats complimented by Alcantara suede accents on the door, armrest and upper instrument panel.
An “F” leather wrapped steering wheel, color head-up windshield display, 10-way power adjustable driver seat, sport peddles, power and tilt/slide moonroof with one touch open/close feature come standard.
Front passenger and driver seats are comfortable and offer good support, as does the three passenger rear bench.
However, back seat hip and legroom is cramped for three adult riders. Headroom is also abbreviated in the rear quarters due to the pitch of the sloping roofline, making the space there best suited for youngsters.
The unconventional look and roughneck demeanor of the F sport sedan is a brand carry-over for the 2018 Lexus GS F priced to start at $84,350.