2012 Lexus GS

Date:24 March 2012 Tags:, ,

The new Lexus GS is the first Lexus to wear the brand’s fresh spindle grille, which gives the model a curiously pinched beak that may not be pretty but certainly is memorable. It’s also the first GS without a V8 option. All three trim levels – base, Luxury, and F Sport – are powered by a 3,5-litre 228 kW V6. Though the wheelbase is unchanged from that of the previous model, interior space and rear legroom have been improved through more efficient packaging. And the seats are shockingly comfy. Our test car’s optional Dynamic Handling four-wheel steering package adapted nicely to varying road surfaces, though we would have preferred stiffer damping and punchier shifts in the most aggressive Sport S+ mode. Those wanting more performance will have to opt for the GS 450h hybrid, which offers 252 kW and smoothly travels with slick urgency. Though the outgoing hybrid was quicker, it can’t touch this model’s combined fuel-efficiency rating of 7,7 litres/100 km. – Basem Wasef

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