If Lexus wants to fully compete with BMW’s M division and Mercedes AMG the automaker needs more F badged models than the current IS F. Lexus recently unveiled the all-new 2013 Lexus GS 350, but Lexus has yet to confirm if a GS F is in the works. Although Lexus remains quiet on a high-performance version of the GS, Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda recently hinted about the model at the GS debut in Pebble Beach.
Toyoda held a meeting with journalists in which he stated, “I want Lexus to compete around the world with global Lexus models. And don’t worry about high-performance Lexuses like F Sport and F models going away.”
That sounds like a pretty strong hint that Lexus is going to produce a GS F. If it does happen the GS F will likely get a 550 horsepower supercharged version of the 5.0L V8 used by the IS F. The supercharged V8 could also show up in the next-generation IS F. The next IS is expected by the end of next year.