RUMOURS OF A BMW M5-rivaling Lexus GS F have been doing the rounds since Lexus first announced its F division. More recent reports have suggested that Lexus' engineers are now putting serious thought into the idea.
This week, a new report by British magazine Autocar claims that Lexus is working not only a GS F, but also a replacement for the ageing SC convertible, due to finish production in July.
Taking on the likes of BMW's M division and Mercedes' AMG, the Lexus GS F will reportedly arrive in 2013, powered by a detuned version of the Lexus LFA's 4.8 litre V10.
According to Autocar, Lexus will reduce the V8's capacity to 4.6 litres, bringing power down from 412kW to 335kW, still making it the most powerful Japanese sedan ever.
By comparison, the current V10-powered BMW M5 offers 373kW, while the next-generation 2011 M5 will reportedly feature a 430kW twin-turbo V8.
The report adds that the GS F will be fitted with a torque-vectoring differential, dynamically splitting torque between the rear wheels to suit the driving conditions.
Autocar says the 2014 Lexus SC will draw power from a 5.0 litre V8, paired with an electric motor adding additional power to the rear wheels. The rumoured GS F's torque-vectoring diff is also expected to feature in the SC.
Until we see some spy photos or a quote from a Lexus executive, these reports should be taken with a grain of salt.