Top Gear Lexus GS F vs BMW M5 Chris Harris Review – Video
With its 467-hp 5.0-liter V-8, upgraded brakes, and tuned suspension, the GS F puts Lexus back in the performance sports sedan melee. The engine carries over from the RC F coupe, along with an eight-speed automatic and rear-wheel drive. Robust 15-inch front rotors are squeezed by six-piston calipers and lurk behind 19-inch wheels shod by Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. The exterior looks the part of a true executive express, while the interior has grippy seats and lots of carbon-fiber trim.
The M5 is a souped-up 5-series sedan that packs a 560-hp twin-turbo V-8 punch. It comes from a long line of high-performance sedans tuned by BMW’s M division. Larger and heavier than ever, it remains seriously fast and, thanks to sophisticated electronic driving aids, is exceedingly capable on the track. The good news: You can get a manual transmission. The bad news: The automatic is better.