By: Melanie Droz Shawcroft
BELLS AND WHISTLES
The luxury of being a teacher is definitely time. The time I get off during holidays and the summer to be with my family and friends. Nearly as luxurious is the 2018 Lexus GS F. Being able to test drive this $88,855 lavish 4-door sedan made me slow down summer and enjoy all the bells and whistles – nothing like the bells I hear all school-year long.
It has been proven over the years that Lexus equals luxury, so the 2018 GS F is no different. There are features this sedan offers that you can’t find on just any vehicle. For instance, a 12.3” navigation screen, smooth leather trimmed “F” spec sport seats, water-repellent front door glass and the dynamic gauge cluster. All of these features and so much more have been designed to elevate the Lexus sport sedan – it definitely elevated me to forgetting that I actually teach for a living.
Not only does the GS F offer luxury, it gives the drivers and passengers a sense of safety and efficiency we all want in any kind of vehicle we drive. In addition to the numerous airbags and three-point belts for all seating positions, the GS F has the Lexus Safety System which includes pre-collision with pedestrian detection, all-speed dynamic radar cruise control, intelligent high beam headlamps and lane departure and lane keep assist. The luxury of the Lexus may be that it practically drives itself averaging 16 city and 24 highway mpg.
It is hard to slow down and enjoy the luxury of time with the engine in this Lexus. The 5.0L DOHC 32 valve V8 engine offers 467 horsepower and 389 lb-ft of torque. The GS F has an 8-speed sport direct-shift transmission with steering wheel mounted “F” spec paddle shifters. Clearly, the luxury of Lexus is not just in the way it looks or the convenience features – lift up the hood of this 2018 Lexus GS F and you with see even more extravagance – you can’t just see it with this Lexus, you can feel it.
The Smoky Granite on the exterior of the Lexus, the 19” wheels, carbon fiber rear spoiler and the quad exhaust also add to the luxury of this vehicle. Much like the luxury of time I get to spend with my family and friends this summer, the 2018 Lexus GS F offers indulgences that cannot be beat.
As Tested: $88,855
Long Weekend Vacation: $527.00