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What’s this, then? This is the new Lexus GS F, the fourth member of the ‘F’ family following the IS F, LFA and RC F and Japan’s answer to the intimidating trio that is the Mercedes E63 AMG, BMW M5 and Audi RS6. Lexus is swimming with some awfully big fish here, and on paper the GS F doesn’t have the teeth to scare them. How so? The GS F’s engine is the same naturally aspirated 471bhp 5.0-litre V8 as the smaller RC F Coupe – hardly an old wheezebag, but underendowed when you compare it to the big Germans. In their most potent forms, the M5 ‘30 Jahre’ has 592bhp, the E63 AMG S produces 577bhp and RS6 makes do with 552bhp.