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2012 Lexus GS 250 and GS 350 First Review

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It’s got paint, an airconditioning system moisturises your skin and an screen that’s the biggest to a production car.

It’s the new GS. and not only is it incredibly comfortable, trimmed, and packed with it’s also a very, good drive.

Lexus big things from the new GS range. It to move market share in the category from an underperforming 2.4 to 10 percent.

To help accomplish Lexus has introduced a smaller-engined to the GS family. The range now starts the $77,900 GS 250 Luxury — it at nearly $20,000 less the entry point to the previous GS range, the GS 300 Sports.

That it up with the identically-priced Audi A6 2.0 and BMW 520i ; however the GS 250 Luxury with a considerably more-extensive equipment list.

The value feature for feature, is even compelling with the more GS 350 range. At $89,900, the GS 350 Luxury is against the $115,600 BMW 335i and the Mercedes-Benz E350 .

Even the GS flagship, the amazingly GS 350 Sports Luxury, at $109,900 both of its German rivals offering a more generous luxurious) specification.

But as we found the GS range isn’t just its value-for-money offering: it’s a properly enjoyable car to drive, the athletic GS 350 F Sport.


design, function and space are all improved.

While the previous-gen GS was criticised for its slabby, sterile the design of the new GS cabin is fresh, laid out and sumptuously appointed double-stitched leather and high-quality throughout.

The new GS is a showcase for Lexus’ new in interior design. Nearly switch and button is brand-new.

The Sports Luxury is most with a huge 12.3-inch LCD screen recessed into the dashboard, heated and ventilated adjustable front seats and rear outer seats.

The might lack the cohesiveness of a BMW 5 or the flair of an Audi A6, but it equals surpasses) both for quality-feel.

Active cruise control, monitoring and a driver-fatigue sensor are part of the Sports Luxury sheet, with a full of ten airbags for passenger protection. A head-up display is also now

And if the rigours of hours at the wheel in a interior is too much for your the Sport Luxury’s ‘Nanoe’ air system moisturises the cabin air to the drying effect of climate on skin and hair.

There is more stretching room to the revised proportions of the GS’ chassis. Front headroom is now greater, there’s 25mm rear headroom and rear has grown by 20mm.

Boot is also 23 percent larger at 530 (although the rear backrests don’t fold down).

On The

The marshmallow-soft dynamics of the previous-gen GS been banished to history, by a chassis that approaches the of BMW for feel and connectedness.

Engine are also new. For 2012, the GS is powered by the 2.5 litre and 3.5 litre V6s from the IS range. but with intake and exhaust changes.

Power for the direct-injected 2.5 litre V6 at 154kW . and peak torque of arrives at 4800rpm.

The dual and port) injected 3.5 litre V6 a more substantial 233kW and — the same as the IS 350. unusually for a Lexus, both sound fantastic.

Revisions to the tract and exhaust piping a gutteral, throbby note sounds far more sporting the IS 250 and IS 350, particularly when a hefty dose of throttle.

At it’s as quiet and refined as expect a Lexus to be, and although the transmissions mated to either are mechanically similar to the IS, lower ratios improve responsiveness.

changes to the shift programming mean manually-activated downshifts are and — in Sport mode executed with a precisely-matched blip.

The GS 250 however felt a tad on the launch’s hilly alpine route. It needs more 4800rpm to feel lively, that it can feel sluggish load.

The GS 350 variants are a lot more athletic.

naturally aspirated, the 3.5 litre V6 needs more than on the dial to perform at its best, but a strong surge of torque in the reaches of the rev range that tail off until just the 6500rpm redline.

There’s no a V8 in the GS family; the strong performance of the GS 350 and the muscle of the incoming GS 450h have bumped the V8 aside.

An chassis and suspension sits the 2012 GS, and it delivered impressive on the sinuous mountain roads Falls Creek.

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Around corners there’s little roll, and the electric power feels less artificial other electrically-assisted racks of our experience.

The F Sport and Sports grades also come with adjustable dampers, firm up slightly when the car is put in + mode. The difference is subtle, but it make a difference to roadholding.

The GS 350 F has an extra dynamic ace up its sleeve in the of active four-wheel steering.

At speeds under 80km/h the wheels move in opposite to the front wheels to tighten the circle, while at faster they move in the same to quicken lane changes.

a slalom course, we found the GS 350 F showed a nimbleness at odds its size and weight. The big GS can be thrown a corner with absolute and confidence.

We’ll need to put side by side, but first would suggest it can take the up to BMW’s 535i, although is not as engaging at the wheel.

First Verdict

Lexus has transformed the GS an anonymous-looking large sedan an eye-catching and surprisingly nimble car.

Quality, space and have all been improved and the gadget count, important at the end of the spectrum, has also grown

In the GS 350 F Sport, there’s a sports that’s not too far off the pace set by its BMW rival. Our at the wheel of the GS 250 Luxury also While its weight and size its 2.5 litres, its spec sheet its similarly-priced German competitors.

The new GS range is also the opening in Lexus’ new design direction. If Lexus models are as polished, and capable as the premium GS, then we can great things from the automaker.


Luxury $77,900

F Sport —

Sport Luxury —

Luxury — $89,900

F — $99,900

Sport — $109,900

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