Review: 2017 Lexus GS F

Los Angeles Review of Lexus GS F

Once behind the wheel of the Lexus GS F, the streets of Los Angeles become your personal track as the performance sedan envelops drivers in the spirit of a sports car with all the perks of a luxury vehicle.

Add to this a full suite of safety, entertainment, and convenience technology, and the 2017 Lexus GS F becomes a juggernaut on the road. Here’s our full review:

Performance

The 2017 GS F is powered by a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control. This drivetrain makes 467 horsepower and 389 lb-ft of torque and goes from zero to 60 MPH in 4.5 seconds. Its torque vectoring differential gives you control even in high-speed situations, while the Brembo braking system lets you stop on a dime. The F-Adaptive Variable Suspension has 30 levels of damping for precise response and control, and the first-of-its-kind linear-solenoid monotube shocks give you the best ride quality and nimble cornering.

Styling and Interior

The GS F has a bold design, with an assertive front end and the Lexus signature spindle grille. Quadruple exhaust enhances your RPM while cooling ducts placed in the hood and fenders serve both form and function, adding to the GS F’s sporty style and letting the engine keep its cool. In the rear, a carbon fiber-wrapped spoiler keeps the center of gravity low for sure-footedness.

Inside, High-Back Sports Seats support the full body at high speeds and feature embossed F badges, unique stitching patterns, and leather upholstery. Aluminum pedals add to the styling and give you a better grip when in action. Ambient interior lighting, wood and aluminum accents, and a Dynamic Gauge Cluster with LCD add to the luxurious feel of the cabin.

Features

The 2017 Lexus GS F has standard Navigation System with 12.3-inch display, Lexus Enform Destinations 24-hour response service, Enform App Suite, Enform Remote, and Enform Service Connect. These features ensure you always have what you need, whether it’s information about your destination or vehicle, help during emergencies, or access to your favorite music app. Additionally, the GS F has standard Siri Eyes Free, Voice Command, HD Radio with iTunes tagging, subscription-free Traffic and Weather, Bluetooth technology, Remote Touch controls, and USB input.

Optional features include a 17-speaker Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound Audio System and full-color Heads-Up Display that projects key information on your windshield when you need it.

Safety

Each model of the 2017 Lexus GS has the Lexus Safety System+, which includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Intelligent High-Beam Headlamps, and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist.

Pricing

Starting at $83,940 MSRP

Review: 2017 Lexus RC-F

Los Angeles Review of the 2017 Lexus RC-F

If you’re shopping for a ride that can go from casually cruising the streets of Los Angeles to demolishing the competition on the race track, look no further than the RC-F.

This luxury performance coupe is so much more than great design, as the 2017 Lexus RC-F was made for driving. But there are many more reasons to love it, so check out our full review:

Performance

Under the hood, the RC-F is packing a 5.0-liter V8 engine that churns out 467 horses of power and 389 lb-ft of torque, mated to an 8-speed Sport Direct-Shift transmission – a powertrain that allows it to go from zero to 60 in 4.4 seconds. The transmission has paddle shifters for manual control, and an automatic mode for intelligent response. Designed from the pavement up, the RC-F also has available Torque Vectoring Differential (a first for Lexus) to give you more control, as well as Brembo brakes and available carbon fiber components when you choose the Performance Package. New this year, the RC-F also features F-Adaptive Variable Suspension with 30 levels of damping for precision response and control.

Features

Standard features on the RC-F include a gauge cluster with multi-information display, Lexus Enform Service Connect, Siri Eyes Free, HD Radio with iTunes tagging, traffic and weather, SmartAccess key fob, Scout GPS Link navigation, HomeLink universal transmitter, and a 10-speaker Lexus Premium Sound System. Optional features include Lexus Enform Destinations, Enform App Suite, Mark Levinson Premium Sound, Remote Touchpad intuitive controls, heated and ventilated seats, and voice command with enhanced Bluetooth technology.

Styling

Designers took the essence of a racing coupe and made it distinctly Lexus, with a low-set spindle grille, signature F badging, LED headlights, an assertive hood vent, quad exhaust, and front cooling ducts. The 2017 RC-F also features an optional speed-activated rear wing, which responds to acceleration above 50 MPH to increase aerodynamics while keeping the coupe grounded. When not in use, the rear wing retreats into the trunk lid.

Inside, the RC-F has high-back sport seats, set low to the ground and providing support and comfort even at high speeds. It also has standard ambient lighting, illuminated door handles, aluminum pedals, a sport steering wheel, NuLuxe faux-leather seating, and personalized settings for comfort and convenience.

Safety

The 2017 Lexus RC-F earned perfect scores from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, making it a Top Safety Pick+ this year – something not many other performance cars can boast. Each model was built with a rigid body structure with crumple zones, Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management with Sport Mode for skid prevention, anti-lock brakes, backup camera with gridlines, Smart Stop technology, and eight airbags throughout the cabin. Optional safety features include windshield wiper deicer, dynamic radar cruise control, pre-collision automatic braking system, rain-sensing wipers, and headlight washers.

Pricing

Starting at $64,165 MSRP.

Comparison: 2017 Lexus RC 350 vs 2017 Infiniti Q60

Los Angeles Compare Lexus RC350 vs Infiniti Q60

When you’re shopping for a luxury coupe in Los Angeles, you want one with chic styling and luxe features that also has the practical perks like good gas mileage and safety ratings. After all, Angelenos aren’t ones to compromise.

If you’re stuck in the middle between the 2017 Lexus RC 350 and the 2017 Infiniti Q60, there are some things you may want to know. Read on for our full comparison:

Safety

Lexus RC 350

It’s not often that a car seemingly designed for beauty can also keep you safe. But the RC 350 is an exception, as the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded it the title of Top Safety Pick+ after it earned best possible scores in all crash tests. The 2017 RC 350 comes standard with LED headlights and daytime running lights, Lexus Enform Safety Connect, backup camera, hill start assist, rain-sensing wipers, and Smart Stop technology. There’s also available pre-collision system with automatic brake assist, dynamic radar cruise control, intuitive parking assist, and other driver assistance technologies.

Infiniti Q60

The 2017 Q60 hasn’t yet been rated by the IIHS, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has only evaluated it in rollover tests, where it earned 5 stars. While the Infiniti coupe has safety features like airbags, tire pressure monitoring, seatbelts, and anti-lock brakes, it does not come available with driver assistance technologies like a pre-collision system or lane departure warning. When it comes to tech, Infiniti put entertainment ahead of safety with this vehicle.

Features

Lexus RC 350

The 2017 RC 350 is equipped with standard Lexus Enform Service Connect and infotainment, a 7-inch display, 10-speaker audio system, HD radio, dual USB ports, Bluetooth, and voice command smartphone integration. Additionally, each model has automatic climate control, self-dimming rearview mirror, and rearview camera.

You also have the option to add premium packages of features. Packages include Navigation (includes Enform Destinations, Enform App Suite, and enhanced Bluetooth); Navigation with Mark Levinson Premium Audio, Premium (heated and ventilated seats and driver assistance tech); Luxury (driver assistance tech, heated and ventilated seats, and leather trim); and All-Weather (high-intensity heater, headlamp washers, and wiper de-icer).

Infiniti Q60

The 2017 Q60 has standard infotainment with two USB ports, Sirius XM Radio, Bluetooth technology, and a 6-speaker audio system. Other standard features include push-button start, dual-zone climate control, power locks and windows, and 8-way power driver’s seat. Upper trim levels also include a premium audio system, moon roof, universal garage door opener, and surround-view camera.

Engine

Lexus RC 350

The 2017 RC 350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 306 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque. Rear-wheel drive models have an 8-speed automatic transmission, while the all-wheel drive utilizes a 6-speed automatic.

Infiniti Q60

The 2017 Q60 has a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine that makes 208 horses of power and 258 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission.

Pricing

Lexus RC 350

Starting at $43,010 MSRP

Infiniti Q60

Starting at $48,300 MSRP