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Get Behind the Wheel: 2019 Lexus GS F Special 10th-Anniversary Edition.

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I recently spent a week driving a very special Lexus, the 2019 GS F 4-door sedan’s 10-year anniversary edition. With a powerful 5.0 Liter 32-valve V8 engine delivering 467 HP and 389 lb-ft of torque, and D-4S direct injection system, my test vehicle was raring—and roaring—to go.

The 10th-anniversary edition GS F has a premium price tag, costing more than the standard version of the GS F. It announces its special status with a special coat of matte finish Nebula Gray paint and 19-inch black BBS wheels. The tires are Michelin Pilot super sports, with blue-painted Brembo brake calipers.

The test model’s starting price of $84,350 includes 8-speed sport direct-shift transmission with steering wheel-mounted “F” Spec paddle shifters and Brembo brakes with high friction pads. F Spec double wishbone-type suspension with Sachs-Sourced shock absorbers, and torque vectoring differential are also featured.

Power Plus Safety Features

Get Behind the Wheel: 2019 Lexus GS F Special 10th-Anniversary Edition.

Photo: Lexus Newsroom

All this power needs plenty of safety features, and Lexus makes sure you have them. They added all the airbags, seat belts, and even force limiting pretensioners that even the most security-minded driver might desire. Keeping you steady on the road are vehicle dynamics integrated management with vehicle-stability control. Blindspot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, Lexus Safety System+, and pre-collision system with pedestrian detection are also featured.

All speed dynamic radar cruise control, lane departure alert with steering assist and lane-keep assist are included. Triple-beam LED headlamps and daytime running lights are also standard. Drivers also have a lot of choices for what mode to choose. Normal is the most balanced, while Sport S delivers a more responsive feel.

The Sport S+ kicks it into high gear to provide maximum performance. Those of us who drive around town or in traffic probably won’t have an opportunity to use that mode often. Torque vectoring differential further enhances performance (again, not for us city drivers). But Lexus vehicle integrated dynamics management has even more ways to enhance power and performance for those who want to drive more aggressively.

Get Behind the Wheel: 2019 Lexus GS F Special 10th-Anniversary Edition.
Photo: Lexus Newsroom

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