Most of the excitement about the new Lexus GS F V8-powered sports sedan centers around the amazing drivetrain. However, the 467 hp dual-cycle engine and its incredible 8-speed direct-shift transmission are not new to the brand. They were first introduced this summer on the all-new RC F sports-coupe. A little-noticed fact about the new GS F is that it will be the first Lexus to have the Lexus Safety System+.
Lexus Safety System+
The new Lexus safety suite will include updated and improved forward collision prevention (FCP), lane-keep assist, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and automatic high beam headlights. Like all automakers with FCP, radar cruise control will also be a part of the suite. Lexus, along with Toyota, plans to significantly increase the number of vehicles that it builds with these safety systems. Although Toyota/Lexus presently is the manufacturer with the most IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rated models, the plan is not only to keep that lead but also lead the industry going forward.
Forward Collision Prevention’s Importance
Modern FCP systems can not only warn a driver of an impending crash and slow the vehicle to lessen the severity of impact, systems like Lexus’ can bring the vehicle to a complete stop in some circumstances. The Lexus system can also detect and respond to pedestrians. This system is not intended simply to prevent vehicle damage.
The technology is considered so important that the US’ most comprehensive testing authority, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) now requires that any of its top-rated vehicles not only have FCP. The system must also be either Advanced or Superior in its design.