What’s going on here then?
A simple straightforward head to head between the new Lexus GS F and a BMW M5. And yes, it’s a ‘30 Jahre’ edition M5, not because it swings the power barometer even further in the M5’s favour, but because it was the only one that BMW had.
In case you’re unfamiliar with the 30 Jahre, here’s what you need to know: it came out the year before last to celebrate 30 years of the M5, only 300 will be built and power from the twin turbo 4.4-litre V8 has risen from 552bhp to 592bhp, its 0-62mph acceleration time dipping to under four seconds for the first time ever.
The suspension is dropped 10mm, the springs and dampers are tighter, the Active M Differential and stability control have been tweaked, and the steering is more direct. It is, on paper at least, a bit much for the Lexus to contain.
Photography: Simon Thompson