2020 Lexus GS 350 F Sport: Still Fun, Still Old
This may be the last year to put a new GS in your garage
Way back in 2011, Lexus unveiled its then-new LF-Gh concept (standing for Lexus Future Grand Touring Hybrid) at that year's New York auto show. The design, while certainly more contemporary than the outgoing third-generation GS sport-luxury sedan, was polarizing primarily for its large "spindle" style front grille—a look that continued on the all-new, fourth-generation GS sedan that launched in production form later that year. Today, in 2020, that spindle design is a well-known feature of the Lexus lineup, for better or worse, but how has the GS that started it all fared in the intervening years? To find out, we asked Lexus for a 2020 GS 350 F Sport for a week of rainy Pacific Northwest driving.
Heavily refreshed in 2015 with an updated 3.5-liter V-6 engine, new exterior lighting and infotainment, and added safety tech, there's little new for 2020. The Ultrasonic Blue Mica GS 350 F Sport showed up at our door with all-wheel-drive and a fairly extensive feature list—and a Monroney to match. That look-at-me blue paint is a $595 option, and other extra-cost features include the All Weather Package ($290), a heads-up display ($900), triple-beam LED headlights ($1,160), a Mark Levinson premium stereo ($1,380), power trunk lid ($400), Intuitive Park Assist ($500) and an F Sport heated leather steering wheel ($150). All told, this GS rang in at $60,905 after the mandatory $1,025 destination fee.
Still, there's quite a bit of standard equipment-a power moonroof, power folding mirrors, 10 airbags, navigation with a 12.3-inch display, rain-sensing wipers, adjustable suspension, the Lexus Safety System + (pre-collision alert with pedestrian detection, radar-based adaptive cruise control, auto-high beam headlights, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure alert, lane-keep assist), and 19-inch wheels are all no- cost items. If you can be content without the optional extras (or even just find a GS 350 F Sport that doesn't have any), you could pay as little as $55,530.
Maybe we've become desensitized, but the spindle grille doesn't look quite as objectionable as it once did to our eyes, and the rest of the GS design, while no standout, is fairly tidy. Sit yourself inside and things look more dated. That atrocious joystick-style display controller is still to be found on the center console (and is still among the worst interfaces on the market), the navigation and audio display graphics are a far cry from the newest high-resolution systems, and the sheer volume of buttons just about everywhere takes you back to the days before large, vertical touch screen interfaces became just about the only occupant interface.
Material quality is premium, but barely so, with too much uninspiring plastic and leather that looks and feels average. Still, we were immediately able to get comfortable behind the wheel of the GS 350 F Sport, with plenty of interior space in both the front and rear seats. Despite the roominess, it doesn't feel oversized driving around town-very good for a sporting four-door.
Sporting? Well, sort of. The GS 350 F Sport is arguably in its most dynamic configuration with optional rear-wheel-drive. Not only does that configuration allow for a more playful chassis, it also includes an eight-speed gearbox, limited-slip differential, and an optional Lexus Dynamic Handling system that includes trick rear-wheel steering similar to the Porsche 911 GT3 and Ferrari 812 Superfast. The rear-drive GS is also over 100 pounds lighter, quicker to accelerate, and has a higher top speed by some 13 mph. Our AWD test car instead made do with a six-speed automatic, another obvious sign of its advanced age, especially for a vehicle in this luxury segment.
While the six-speed auto doesn't have any particularly bad habits, it's not quite able to make the most of the limited power on tap. The 3.5-liter V-6 produces 311 hp and 280 lb-ft, enough to make passing slower traffic a fairly simple task even in this portly, near-5,000-lb sedan. Of course, even a V-6 Camry has 301 hp these days-and an eight-speed transmission. In other words, the GS 350 doesn't exactly wow anyone when you floor the throttle, but nevertheless the car is still located on the fun-to-drive end of the specturm. Those looking for a more performance-oriented car will likely opt for the GS F, a 467-hp special that rips off 4.5-second 0-to-60-mph times. Flatfoot the GS 350 F Sport from a stop and it'll take nearly six seconds to do the same. The GS's all-wheel-drive does make driving in soggy conditions a mostly point and shoot affair, with excellent stability and little wheelspin even on aggressive take-offs.
Rumors of the GS sedan's discontinuation have been circling for the better part of a year with no mention of a replacement in line and the entry-level GS 300 has already been canceled for the 2020 model year. That means if you want a GS, it'll have to be a GS 350 or a GS F, the latter being dramatically more expensive with a starting price in the mid-$80,000 range. For that much money, buyers could be looking at the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, which has far sharper dance moves and a 505-hp twin-turbocharged V-6. If we had to have a GS before the model likely goes away, you can bet we'd be shopping around for the best price-dealers surely will be dealing.
|2020 LEXUS GS 350 F SPORT|
|PRICE||$55,530/$60,905 (base/as tested)|
|ENGINE||3.6L DOHC 24-valve V-6; 311 hp @ 6,400 rpm, 280 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm|
|LAYOUT||4-door, 5-passenger, front-engine, AWD sedan|
|EPA MILEAGE||19/26 mpg (city/hwy)|
|L x W x H||192.1 x 72.4 x 57.9 in|
|0-60 MPH||5.8 seconds|
|TOP SPEED||130 mph|
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Lexus has pretty much mastered the art of crafting vehicles that offer a certain measure of unflappable refinement. This skill is very much at play in the driving dynamics of the 2020 Lexus GS, a mid-size luxury sedan that remains calm and poised even when faced with harsh road surfaces. The GS provides excellent utility with a massive trunk. There's also a broad selection of standard features on board, including the latest in driver-assistance technologies. If you're looking for something with sharper performance, this Lexus is also available in an F Sport variant that comes with a sport-tuned suspension. Overall, the GS is a premium sedan that delivers nicely in many of the areas that matter most to shoppers in this segment. This year will be the last for the GS lineup, as its phased out with a celebratory Black Line special edition.
What's New for 2020?
For the 2020 model year, Lexus has retired the rear-wheel-drive versions of the GS300 and GS300 F Sport from the model's lineup.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
All-wheel drive (AWD) usually comes with a price premium, but that's not the case with the GS 350. Less expensive than the rear-wheel-drive (RWD) variant, the GS350 AWD serves as the car's base model. It comes with a broad selection of standard features, and we think it will be an agreeable choice for most buyers who are interested in this Lexus sedan. The base-model GS rides on 18-inch wheels, and it's equipped with exterior features such as automatic LED headlights, LED taillamps, and heated power-folding side mirrors with auto-dimming capability. Within its cabin, the GS350 AWD comes standard with 10-way power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, simulated leather upholstery and a power-adjustable tilt-and-telescoping steering column. All models are equipped with driver-assistance features such as blind-spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Lexus has equipped all GS sedans with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that delivers 311 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. Both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive are offered. With all-wheel-drive models, gears are shifted by a six-speed automatic transmission; rear-wheel-drive models get an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The GS350 F Sport we tested made the dash from zero to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds. That's not bad, but rival models are notably quicker. For example, in our testing, the Audi A6 completed this run in 4.8 seconds, and the BMW 540i xDrive did it in 4.5 seconds. With a ride quality that's smooth without being overly soft, the GS is a great car for commuting. It comes standard with three drive modes—Normal, Eco, and Sport—and this allows you to customize the car's performance to suit your preferences.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
According to EPA estimates, the 2020 Lexus GS achieves mileage of up to 20/28 mpg city/highway. It's not as fuel efficient as rivals such as the Acura TLX (up to 23/33 mpg), Jaguar XF (up to 25/34 mpg), and Mercedes-Benz E-class (up to 23/32 mpg). In our time with the GS, we observed fuel economy of 20 mpg.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The cabin of the GS is spacious and comfortable, but the design is basic, and the materials used are mediocre at best. Rival models from brands such as Audi and Mercedes-Benz do a better job of creating a swank atmosphere for those seated within. On the plus side, the GS is a standout when it comes to cargo space. Its trunk provides a cavernous 18 cubic feet of cargo capacity. That's a lot more than you'll get with rivals such as the Mercedes-Benz E-class sedan (13 cubic feet) and Audi A6 (14 cubic feet).
Infotainment and Connectivity
With the base GS, you get standard features such as a 12-speaker sound system and SiriusXM satellite radio. All models are equipped with Bluetooth phone and music streaming, as well as a voice-activated navigation system with a 12.3-inch display. The infotainment system is governed by Lexus's Remote Touch Interface, which features a mouse-type controller located in the center console. This system definitely requires a learning curve. Rivals such as Audi and Mercedes offer setups that are more user friendly. The range of optional equipment includes a head-up display and a 17-speaker Mark Levinson audio system. Unfortunately, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration aren't available.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The 2020 Lexus GS hasn't been crash-tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). However, the IIHS gave the 2019 model a perfect score of Good in all crashworthiness measures. This Lexus sedan comes with a generous array of standard driver-assistance technology. Key safety features include:
- Standard blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert
- Standard lane-departure warning system
- Standard forward-collision warning with automated emergency braking
- Standard adaptive cruise control
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
The 2020 Lexus GS impresses on the warranty front. It offers powertrain warranty coverage that exceeds that of rivals such as the Mercedes-Benz E-class and Audi A6.
- Limited warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers 6 years or 70,000 miles
- Complimentary maintenance is covered 1 year or 10,000 miles
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2020 Lexus GS 350 Specs
|Front head room||38 "|
|Rear head room||38 "|
|Front shoulder room||57 "|
|Rear shoulder room||56 "|
|Front hip room||55 "|
|Rear hip room||54 "|
|Front leg room||42.3 "|
|Rear leg room||36.8 "|
|Luggage capacity||18.4 cu.ft.|
|Maximum cargo capacity||18.4 cu.ft.|
|Body width||72.4 "|
|Body height||57.9 "|
|Ground clearance||5.5 "|
|Gross weight||4,960 lbs.|
|Fuel tank capacity||17.4 gal.|
|EPA mileage estimates||19 City / 26 Hwy|
|Base engine size||3.5 liters|
|Base engine type||V-6|
|Turning radius||17.7 ''|
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2020 Lexus GS 350 F Sport Review: Few Updates But Still Solid
In Our Editorial Opinion:
The 2020 Lexus GS 350 F Sport with all-wheel drive offers a comfortable and sure footed ride without sacrificing too much performance. While the interior is dated, the infotainment system sometimes frustrating, it's impossible to ignore the car's overall quality and Lexus' track record for reliability. Maybe Lexus feels if it ain't broke don't fix it, and when it comes to the GS 350, we can see why.
Safety & Tech Features
Ride & Handling
Infotainment Mouse Controller
Even though the Lexus GS 350 is needing a complete overhaul, shoppers shouldn’t dismiss the luxury sedan. The GS 350 had all the kinks worked out years ago and could be one of the most dependable, trouble-free models one the market. You get Lexus’ reliability, plus a car that still offers plenty of technology and all-weather capability. This week, we have been driving the 2020 Lexus GS 350 with all-wheel drive and in F Sport trim.
Lexus GS 350: What’s New For 2020?
The GS 350 carries over from 2019 and is unchanged for 2020.
Features & Options: Tech & Safety
The 2020 Lexus GS 350 F Sport with all-wheel drive ($54,505) comes with a multitude of standard features like LED headlights; a sunroof; dual-zone automatic climate control; heated and ventilated front seats; and leather upholstery. You also get a navigation system, 12.3-inch display screen, and a 12-speaker sound system.
The Lexus Safety System+ of advanced driving aids includes adaptive cruise control; lane departure warning; blind-spot monitor; pre-collision warning with pedestrian detection; and automatic emergency braking.
Features & Options: F Sport Treatments
The F Sport trim gets a few extra goodies for driving enthusiasts with more aggressive styling; 19-inch wheels with all-season tires; sport-tuned adaptive suspension; and bigger front brakes. It also comes with variable ratio steering, an F Sport power-adjustable front seat, and S+ Drive mode.
Our GS 350 tester came with the optional Triple Beam LED headlights; 17-speaker Mark Levinson sound system; heads-up display; heated steering wheel; and the all-weather package.
How Much Is The 2020 Lexus GS 350?
Total MSRP for our test vehicle, including destination: $61,684. By comparison, the 2020 Lexus GS 350 starts at $51,065.
It’s easy for the options to add up quickly on a GS 350. However, depending on local incentives and inventory in your area*, you may be able to save a little extra to offset some of that cost.
Interior Highlights: Still Comfortable
The cabin of the GS 350 is getting dated, lacking the wow factor of newer rivals, but it’s still comfortable and inviting. It comes with the typical Lexus quality, and the fit and finish is what you would expect for this class: excellent. Inside are padded leather panels, wood trim, and lots of soft-touch materials throughout. We were able to adjust the 18-way heated and cooled front driver’s seat to the perfect driving position.
We made liberal use of the heated seats and heated steering wheel this week with the freezing temperatures in Denver. The heated steering wheel button was easy to find just to the left. We didn’t have to hunt for it like in some luxury sedans.
Interior Highlights: Some Frustration
The 12.3-inch split screen display sits in the middle of the dash and allows the driver to easily view and control up to three systems via a triple split screen. Lexus still uses a mouse-like controller just to the right of the gear shift to control the infotainment system. We have used the controller enough now that we are starting to get used to it, but it remains one of our least favorite things about Lexus in general.
Inside the GS 3530, Apple iPhone users will have compatibility with Siri Eyes Free. The system allows you to make calls, pick songs from iTunes, and receive turn-by-turn directions via Apple Maps.
2020 Lexus GS 350: Engine & Powertrain
Our GS 350 F-Sport was powered by a 3.5-liter V6, producing 311 horsepower and 280 lb-ft. of torque. The engine comes mated to a six-speed automatic.
Is The 2020 Lexus GS 350 All-Wheel Drive?
While rear-wheel drive is standard, the 2020 Lexus GS 350 offers all-wheel drive. The system has an electronically-controlled center differential which provides a 30:70 torque split (rear-wheel bias). Depending on the conditions and the level of traction needed, the system can split torque to as much as 50:50, front and rear.
What Is The Gas Mileage of The Lexus GS 350?
EPA fuel mileage estimates come in at 19/26 city/highway and 21 combined for the all-wheel drive model. Rear-wheel drive variants, by contrast, are 20/28 city/highway and 23 combined.
Driving Dynamics: Steady & Stable
The GS 350’s 3.5-liter V6 is crisp, and offered up ample power and responsiveness in all the different driving situations we encountered this week. We didn’t have snow to contend with, but the luxury sedan did offer stable footing on the dirt roads in the mountains west of Denver. Luxury sedan buyers should opt for all-wheel drive if they are concerned about traction when the weather gets bad.
The F-Sport suspension is tighter than the standard GS 350 and ensures a sportier driving experience. It’s still a comfortable cruiser on the highway, however, and the firmer footing doesn’t adversely affect ride quality. The F Sport handles the curves with ease and gives the driver a feeling of confidence, especially if you need to make quick maneuvers in traffic. We had fun pushing the GS 350 around the mountain corners near Denver this week.
Driving Dynamics: Sometimes Clunky
We drove the GS 350 rear-drive model a few years ago, but think the all-wheel drive F Sport, with its older six-speed transmission, is less quick. Driving modes of Eco, Normal, and Sport are available, each providing a different level of feel for the GS 350. However, we opted for Normal mode most of the time. The six-speed gearbox is sometimes too quick to upshift (and downshift also) in the other modes, so we used the steering wheel paddle shifters to give us more control. Our advice is to simply keep it in Normal mode.
The heads-up display allowed us to keep our eyes on the road, and visibility is good all around for the driver. The lane departure alert and lane keep assist isn’t too obtrusive as we tend to hug the outside line closely in the blind mountain curves.
Conclusion: Hard To Go Wrong
The 2020 Lexus GS 350 F Sport is a highly-capable performer for driving enthusiasts, and offers all-weather capability for those who live in cold climates. The F Sport suspension is firm but still provides a refined and comfortable ride.
The GS 350 comes with Lexus’ tack record for reliability, so you shouldn’t have the car in the shop for multiple recalls. It comes standard with the latest high-tech safety equipment and convenience technology too. Even though it’s older when compared to others on the market, it’s still hard to go wrong with this luxury sedan.
Denis Flierl has invested over 25 years in the automotive industry in a variety of roles. All of his firsthand reviews are archived on our test drives page. Follow Denis on Twitter: @CarReviewGuy
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Not to be confused with MG GS.
The Lexus GS (Japanese: レクサス・GS, Rekusasu GS) is an executive car sold by Lexus, the premium division of Toyota. The same car had been launched in 1991 as the Toyota Aristo in Japan. For non-Japanese markets, it was release as the Lexus GS in February 1993. It continued using the Toyota Aristo name for the Japanese market until January 2005.
Designed as a performance sedan competing in the mid-luxury class, the GS slots between the compact executive IS and large/flagship LS, and shared its chassis with one of Toyota's longest-running nameplates, the Toyota Crown premium sedans until 2011.
Four generations of the GS have been produced since 1993, each available with six-cylinder engines and rear-wheel drive. V8 engines were also offered in all generations, and all-wheel drive and hybrid versions debuted in 2005. Previously, all-wheel drive versions were already made available in the Japanese-market S140 series Aristo. The first two generations had a Japanese domestic market equivalent, the Toyota Aristo (aristo is Greek for "the best"), which was sold from 1991 until the Lexus marque's domestic debut in 2005. Though largely identical in exterior and interior design, the GS and the Aristo differed in their engine and transmission combinations as well as equipment packages. The GS name stands for Grand Sedan. However, some Lexus importers use the backronymic name, Grand Sport.
The first generation Lexus GS began sales in the United States, Europe and selected markets in Asia in 1993, where it was introduced with an inline-6 engine and exterior bodywork designed by Italdesign Giugiaro. The second generation model premiered in 1997, using a new platform, in-house styling, and adding a V8 version for the first time outside Japan. The third generation GS, which premiered globally for the 2006 model year, was produced in V6, V8, and hybrid versions, the latter known as the GS 450h. The third generation models were the first GS sedans to be badged as such in the Japanese domestic market.
The fourth generation Lexus GS premiered in August 2011 at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, where models introduced included the V6-powered GS 350, hybrid GS 450h, and performance-tuned F Sport variants. A lower-displacement V6 model, the GS 250, premiered at the Auto Guangzhou Exhibition in November 2011, targeted at Asian and European markets. In some markets such as North America, the GS shares the mid-size sedan category in the Lexus lineup with the front-wheel driveES.
The GS was replaced in Europe by the Lexus ES from December 2018. The seventh generation ES is the first to be sold in Europe, replacing the GS in spite of being a front-wheel drive car. It went on sale from September 2018 in Russia, Turkey and other CIS markets and from December 2018 in Western and Central Europe. Production ended in August 2020.
First generation (S140; 1991)
Italdesign Giugiaro began the first design drawings of the GS 300 in 1988. The design firm aimed to produce a deluxe saloon which did without the numerous exterior features and detailing found on existing Japanese premium sedans, in favor of a more simplified, European-style appearance. The vehicle's exterior styling blended elements of the then-current Lexus LS flagship and SC performance coupe in a rounded, aerodynamic wedge-like shape which featured a high rear decklid and longer and wider proportions than rival vehicles. The exterior produced a drag coefficient of Cd=0.31. The offered color schemes included single-tone bumper and body finishes, along with dual-tone schemes. Similarities with an Italdesign concept car which debuted in 1990, the Jaguar Kensington, led some observers to suggest that the GS 300 was derived from its design, but the firm has stated that the GS 300 was developed earlier. Equipped with an independent, double-wishbone suspension setup at both front and rear ends, Italdesign's saloon design first appeared in Toyota Aristo form in Japan in October 1991.
Built at Toyota's Tahara assembly plant in Japan, production of the Aristo involved more automation than previous vehicles built at the Tahara factory; robots performed 4,200 welds on each body, while only eight spot welds were performed by hand. Toyota of Japan offered two straight-six engine options for the Japanese market Aristo—the 3.0Q and 3.0V. The 3.0Q (JZS147) featured the 2JZ-GE engine which produced 169 kW (227 hp), while the Aristo 3.0V (JZS147) was equipped with a 24-valve twin-turbo2JZ-GTE engine which produced 205 kW (275 hp). The Aristo was exclusive to the Toyota Vista Store as the top level luxury sedan at Vista dealerships, positioned above the Toyota Cresta and Chaser. In 1992, a third model, the V8-powered 4.0Zi-Four (UZS143), joined the Aristo lineup. This model came with standard all-wheel drive and a 186 kW (249 hp) 1UZ-FE engine.
Production of the export Lexus GS 300 (JZS147) began on 22 February 1993. For Lexus, The GS was placed above the front-wheel drive ES luxury sedan with its superior drivetrain setup, power and available amenities. Lexus only offered the GS with the 3.0-liter 2JZ-GE straight-six, producing 169 kW (227 hp) and 285 N⋅m (210 lb⋅ft) of torque.
For the interior, the GS 300 featured walnut wood trim on the center console, leather seating, an automatic tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and the option of a Nakamichi premium stereo system. Driver and front passenger airbags were standard. A moonroof, remote 12-CD auto changer, and traction control (TRAC – left hand drive vehicles only) were options.
The GS was intended to take the price position of the original LS 400 flagship, which had moved upmarket since its 1989 launch. By the time of the GS 300's debut, the US$35,000 initial base price of the LS in the United States had climbed to US$47,000, while the GS 300 at debut carried base price of US$38,000. However, sales of the GS 300 were modest, with 1993 seeing the greatest sales at 19,164 sold that year. Sales dropped in later years as the Japanese yen rose in value against the dollar and made the vehicle more expensive than its rivals. Additionally, more powerful V8 sport sedans provided strong competition. By 1997, the price of the GS 300 had risen to US$46,000. Production of the first generation GS sedan ended in July 1997.
Second generation (S160; 1997)
In 1993, after sales commenced for the first generation S140 series, development began on the successor under the internally known codenamed S160. The design process began under chief engineer Yasushi Nakagawa in May 1994 and by November 1995 after 18 months of design work, the final production design by Akihiro Nagaya was approved by the executive board. In January 1997, Lexus debuted the "High Performance Sedan" (HPS) concept at the Detroit Auto Show, previewing the design direction for the redesigned GS.
In August 1997, the second generation Toyota Aristo was launched in Japan, codenamed JZS160 (S300 version) for models with 2JZ-GE engines and JZS161 (V300 version) for those with 2JZ-GTE twin-turbocharged engines, remaining exclusive to the former Vista network that was renamed Toyota Netz Store Japanese dealerships. VVT-i was now standard, resulting in an increase of torque. The twin-turbocharged version was available with electronic four-wheel steering, VSC electronic stability control and an automatic transmission with a manual sequential mode.
The second generation sedans used a new front-engine, rear-wheel drive midsize platform, also featured in the Japanese-market Toyota Crown. The new model's styling was produced in-house, and featured quadruple headlights (the interior two of which were elliptical) in a fashion similar to the Lexus SC coupe. It had a drag coefficient of Cd=0.30. Inside, electroluminescentOptitron gauges were offered for the first time, along with an upgraded stereo system. For export markets, the second generation GS began production in the JZS161 body style on 4 August 1997 and was officially launched in October 1997.
Lexus offered the GS 300 once again and featured a slightly revised version of the previous generation's 3.0-liter straight-six now producing 168 kW (225 hp) and 305 N⋅m (225 lb⋅ft) of torque. Answering customer requests for more power, the American market GS 400 (UZS160) was equipped with the 4.0-liter 1UZ-FE V8 that produced 224 kW (300 hp) and 420 N⋅m (310 ft⋅lb) of torque. Both models featured a five-speed automatic transmission with the GS 400 receiving steering wheel shift buttons. As with the S140 series, no turbocharged variants were offered outside Japan. The 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) time of the GS 400 prompted Lexus to claim that the GS was the world's fastest production sedan at its introduction in 1997. The 1998 BMW M5 sedan would list 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) times of between 4.8 and 5.2 seconds.
Lexus promoted the arrival of the second generation GS sedan with the tagline, "Something Wicked This Way Comes". Compared to its predecessor, the second generation GS sedan was a much bigger success, with sales reaching 30,622 vehicles in its first year, increasing in the second, and stabilizing at 28,079 vehicles by 2000. Lexus would keep the second generation vehicle in its lineup for eight years, a longer duration than the prior generation. The U.S. base price for the GS 300 and GS 430 averaged approximately US$38,000 and US$47,000 respectively.
The GS was Motor Trend's Import Car of the Year for 1998. It also made Car and Driver magazine's Ten Best list for 1998 through 2000. In IIHS frontal crash testing the 1999 and newer GS was given a "Good" overall score.
A facelift in 2000, for the 2001 model year was the only major design change of the second generation GS. There was a slightly revised grille and subtly tinted headlamps on the front end. Xenon headlamps became standard equipment with the V8 engine and optional on six-cylinder cars. More interior wood trim was added, and steering wheel shift buttons were added to the GS 300. The V8 engine also received a 0.3-liter increase in displacement, so the model designation changed to GS 430 (Toyota type code UZS161). Peak power was unchanged, but torque increased to 441 N⋅m (325 lb⋅ft). The GS 430 took 5.7 seconds to go from 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h).
Also in 2000, Lexus added a limited production GS 300 "SportDesign" edition for North America, featuring the sport suspension from the GS 430, wider tires, and polished alloy wheels. The SportDesign interior added perforated leather upholstery along with brushed aluminum and dark stained walnut trim. For the third quarter of 2001, production of the GS 300 SportDesign was limited to a run of 3,300 units (vs. 25,000 annual GS sales annually). Production of the SportDesign continued through to the end of the design cycle in 2004.
Third generation (S190; 2005)
|Third generation (S190)|
|Production||January 2005 – December 2011|
|Designer||Yasuhide Hosoda, Isoroku Yamada and Sotiris Kovos (2002)|
|Platform||Toyota N platform|
|Related||Toyota Crown (S180)|
|Wheelbase||2,850 mm (112.2 in)|
|Length||4,826–4,844 mm (190.0–190.7 in)|
|Width||1,821 mm (71.7 in)|
|Height||1,425–1,435 mm (56.1–56.5 in)|
Main article: Lexus GS (S190)
In 1999, development commenced on a successor to the S160 under chief engineer, Shigetoshi Miyoshi. Styling for both the exterior and interior was done under lead designer Yasuhide Hosoda between 2000 and 2002, during which L-finesse came to fruition in 2001. By 2002, a design was finalized, to be introduced the following year. In October 2003, Lexus debuted the LF-S (Lexus Future Sedan), a concept car which previewed the design of the upcoming GS. The design patent was filed by Toyota on 22 December 2003 in domestic Japanese patent offices, preceding an imminent public unveiling. The third generation GS first appeared as a pre-production vehicle at the 2004 North American International Auto Show on 5 January, riding on a then new architecture N platform, with the production version being shown at the same show in January 2005.
Production of the third generation began on 24 January 2005, without release of an equivalent Toyota Aristo, as Toyota had introduced the Lexus channel to Japan and sought to align all world markets using Lexus as their luxury brand worldwide. The third generation GS was the introductory Lexus model for the marque's new L-finesse design philosophy, indicating the future direction of the Lexus lineup; it featured a fastback profile, retained quad headlights, LED tailamps, and one-piece bumpers. This generation GS had a drag coefficient of Cd=0.27, and used a newly designed midsize platform later shared with the second generation IS.
In September 2005, the GS 350 (GRS191) and GS 430 (UZS190) went on sale in Japan; the GS 350 using a 3.5-liter 2GR-FSE engine with D4-S direct injection, while the GS 430 used the same 4.3-liter 3UZ-FE V8 engine used in the previous model. Sales in the US began in March 2006, with the initial lineup including the GS 300 (GRS190), featuring a ULEV certified 3.0-liter 3GR-FSEV6 engine, and the GS 430 featuring the 4.3-liter V8. All GS models at launch featured a new six-speed automatic sequential shift gearbox. An all-wheel drive system was made available in the GS 300.
Unveiled at the 2005 New York International Auto Show, the hybrid GS 450h (GWS191) joined the GS line in 2006 for the 2007 model year. GS Hybrid production started in February 2006. It was the first mass-production rear-wheel drive luxury hybrid car, featuring the naturally aspirated 3.5-liter 2GR-FXE V6 engine mated to an electric motor and a continuously variable transmission (CVT). This powertrain made use of the Lexus Hybrid Drive system of integrating electric and gasoline engine motors, giving the GS 450h a Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle (SULEV) emissions rating, and total output of 253 kW (339 hp), allowing the GS to accelerate 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) in 5.2 seconds, according to manufacturer data.
New to the GS line was an electric power steering (EPS) system, and both the V8 and hybrid models featured a variable gear ratio steering (VGRS) system and Electronically Controlled Brake (ECB) a type of brake-by-wire system. V8 and hybrid models also featured an adaptive suspension system that individually altered suspension damper firmness. Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) was standard on the GS 430, 460, and 450h models and coupled to VGRS, with which it could alter steering gear ratios.
Standard safety features on the GS ranged from multiple airbags, including knee airbags and front row side torso airbags, to adaptive headlights, anti-lock braking, electronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist and electronic stability control. The radar-based pre-collision system with an autonomous cruise control system was optional. The GS 450h was among the first vehicles to receive the infraredDriver Monitoring System for driver attentiveness. For the 2007 model year, the GS 350 replaced the GS 300 in the US and several other export markets.
The GS interior was available with leather bird's-eye maple or walnut trim. Major standard features ranged from a 10-way driver and front passenger power and heated seats with three-position Lexus Memory System, SmartAccess keyless system with push-button start, a driver-side hidden drop-down panel for infrequently used controls, standard 7 in (180 mm) touchscreen display, and LED lighting in the cabin. Unique to the Lexus GS series was a three-pod instrument cluster with machined aluminum facings and an electrochromic feature. Optional features ranged from a power moonroof to a discrete 5.1 surround sound 14-speaker 330-watt Mark Levinson premium sound system, XM-satellite radio and DVD-based navigation with backup camera and Bluetooth technology. Competitors to the Lexus GS included the BMW 5 Series,Mercedes-Benz E-Class,Volvo S80, Audi A6, Jaguar XF, Infiniti M, and Acura RL.
The GS 460 (URS191) replaced the GS 430 in 2007 for the 2008 model year, featuring a new 4.6-liter 1UR-FE (Middle East) or a 1UR-FSE V8 engine with eight-speed automatic transmission generating 255 kW (342 hp) and 460 N⋅m (339 ft⋅lb) of torque. Lexus reported a 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) time of 5.4 seconds. Along with the hybrid GS 450h and previous GS 430 models, the V8-powered GS 460 offered the Active Stabilizer Suspension System for improved handling. The GS 450h retains its position as the most expensive in the GS lineup, and has faster acceleration than the GS 460, though the GS 460 is lighter and has a higher top speed. In 2010, the GS was outsold nearly two to one by the flagship LS.
Along with the introduction of the GS 460, the GS lineup received a mid-cycle styling refresh, including a revised front bumper, headlights and grille, turn signals added to the side mirrors, and new wheel options and exterior colors. The interior received a redesigned steering wheel, revised instrument cluster gauges, and different trim pieces.
Fourth generation (L10; 2011)
|Fourth generation (L10)|
|Production||December 2011 – August 2020|
|Designer||Katsuhiko Inatomi (2009)|
|Platform||Toyota New N platform|
|Wheelbase||2,850 mm (112.2 in)|
|Width||1,840 mm (72.4 in)|
|Height||1,455 mm (57.3 in)|
See also: Lexus LF-Gh
In early 2007, development began on the L10 series GS under Yoshihiko Kanamori, with the design process finalizing under new president and CEO Akio Toyoda's direction in 2009. Design patents were filed in Japan on 6 October 2010 for the production model and a conceptual variant on 29 March 2011. In April 2011, Lexus showed the LF-Gh concept (Lexus Future Grand-Touring Hybrid) at that year's New York International Auto Show, previewing the stylistic direction of future Lexus models. The LF-Gh featured a large, spindle-shaped front grille, and press information further indicated that it had a new interior design which included an analog clock. The LF-Gh concept vehicle was taken by automotive journalists as an indication of what the fourth generation Lexus GS would look like.
The fourth generation GS had its world premiere at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in California in August 2011. The vehicle was shown to have a more subtle version of the LF-Gh's spindle grille, while overall exterior dimensions are almost identical to the previous generation. L-shaped LED front daytime running lamps and rear LED tube lamps are a new design feature. The fourth generation GS was the centerpiece of Toyota chairman Akio Toyoda's initiative to restore passion to the Lexus brand and better compete with German luxury automakers that had been gaining market share in the United States. It was reported that Toyoda initially opposed the styling choices made for the new model, but since thanked the design team that persuaded him to greenlight the project. Unlike the first three generations, the fourth generation GS is not based on any Crown models as it is built on a separate New N platform.
At its debut, the fourth generation model was shown in rear-wheel drive GS 350 (GRL10) form, powered by a V6 engine linked with a six-speed automatic transmission. Three driving modes are featured, ranging from fuel-conserving Eco to Sport S and Sport S+ which facilitate more sporty transmission shifting and engine throttle settings, as well as suspension damper and steering adjustments. The chassis has been redesigned, and overall curb weight is reduced. To reduce unsprung mass the new GS utilizes aluminum for all its suspension components. The GS 350 F Sport adds a rear-wheel steering system for improved handling on rear wheel drive models. New larger 14-inch brakes come standard as well as 19-inch F Sport wheels, a new front bumper, rear spoiler, F Sport steering wheel, F Sport seats and a new suspension system with AVS adjustable dampers.
The redesigned interior gains the Lexus Remote Touch mouse controller system in place of the previous touchscreen, linked to a split-view 12.3 in (310 mm) widescreen dashboard display.
Save energy + airflow control (S-FLOW): The world's first system that sends air only to where vehicle occupants are seated in order to maintain and improve comfort while also improving fuel efficiency
Other interior features include Mark Levinson surround sound system. Front 18-way power seats are available; 10-way power seats are equipped standard. Optional features further include a pre-collision system, Heads-Up Display, blind spot monitor, lane keep assist, and Driver Monitoring System.
Variants such as the GS 350 and GS 250, as well as their F Sport variants, began sales in Japan on 26 January 2012, followed by the GS 450h and the GS 450h F Sport on 19 March 2012. Sales for the fourth generation in the US began in February 2012 for models including the GS 350 and GS 350 F Sport, with the hybrid version following several months after. A smaller-displacement model, the GS 250 (GRL11), was shown at the 2011 Auto Guangzhou, targeted for sales in China, Japan, Australia and the UK, but not the US.
The GS 450h (GWL10), rated at 256 kW (343 hp) and now using an Atkinson cycle design, has a 35 percent improvement in fuel economy over the previous generation GS 450h, and has a higher combined EPA fuel efficiency rating (31 mpg) than the 306 horsepower GS 350 (23 mpg). Trunk space is improved both for the hybrid and standard models. The GS 450h features standard full LED headlamps and a bamboo trimmed interior. The vehicle was unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.
For the 2014 model year, changes to GS 350 includes an eight-speed automatic transmission for rear-wheel drive (RWD) models, introduction of F SPORT package (optional Lexus Dynamic Handling system with dynamic rear steering (DRS), electric power steering, variable gear ratio steering (VGRS)), integrated Siri Eyes Free mode from Apple (compatible with iPhone 4S and newer), flush mounted sensors for available intuitive park assist, full color display added to the optional head-up display, available blind spot monitor adds rear cross traffic alert and power-folding mirrors, Luxury Package changes (LED foglamps, Superchrome finish for 18-inch wheels, and the rear armrest control panel display adds display option to view radio station and song title information), optional power trunk opener, Lexus Night View system discontinued.
The GS 300h hybrid model includes a 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle inline-four engine with a D-4S direct injection technology, derived from the third generation IS. The vehicle was unveiled at the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show. The vehicle went on sale in China, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand, but not in the US.
It is a version of Lexus GS 300h for European market, with 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle four-cylinder engine (181PS), two electric motors, a hard-drive navigation system with a 12.3-inch Monitor and Lexus Connected Services, a premium audio system, DVD player and rear-view camera with a monitor, among other features. The vehicle went on sale on 11 January 2014.
The revised GS debuted at Monterey Car Week in August 2015. Changes include a GS 200t variant equipped with the 2.0-liter 8AR-FTS turbocharged engine to replace the GS 250, and an update to the 3.5-liter V6, now upgraded to 2GR-FKS specification. that uses the Atkinson cycle and features founded on the previous 2GR-FSE motor. Additional changes include revised exterior elements (including front and rear trim, exterior lighting, wheels, and rocker panels), new active safety features, and a revised infotainment system. The GS 200t was withdrawn from the North American market after only two model years.
In 2018, Lexus discontinued the GS for European markets and replaced it with the front-wheel drive ES already sold in North America and some Asian countries. Lexus issued a press release saying that production of the GS will end as of August 2020[update].
The Lexus GS was used in Motorola Cup North American Street Stock Championship touring car series competition in 1998, beginning with two GS 400 race vehicles driven by Team Lexus in its inaugural season. For 1999, Team Lexus achieved its first victory with the GS 400 in its sixth race at Road Atlanta. The GS 400 was raced until 2001, when Team Lexus switched to the IS 300. In the mid-2000s, the GS 400 was entered in the V8Star Series touring car racing season, with Ronny Melkus competing in the V8 GS in 2003.
In 2006, Sigma Advanced Racing Development and Lexus entered a GS 450h performance hybrid sedan in the 24 Hours of Tokachi race in Hokkaido, Japan, the first time that a hybrid vehicle was introduced. In 2007, Lexus Canada also entered the GS 450h in the Targa Newfoundland event. In 2009, the GS 450h was used as a safety car at the Muscle Car Masters event held at Eastern Creek Raceway, Eastern Creek, New South Wales, Australia.
In 2008, Manabu "Max" Orido used a second generation JZS161 Aristo in Formula D competition. Orido has several second generation models with different equipment used for drifting events, some with prototype suspension, and fitted with parts from the export Lexus GS 300.
Sales and production
Sales data for Lexus GS generations are as follows. Sourced from manufacturer yearly data.
|Generation (chassis code)||Model no(s).||Calendar year||Sales|
|Total exports, production‡|
|Chassis code||Model no.||Model year(s)||Drivetrain||Transmission||Engine type||Engine code||Region(s)|
|GRS190||GS 300||2006–2012||RWD/AWD||6-speed AT||3.0 L petrol V6||3GR-FSE||Australia, China, Europe, Middle East|
|GRS191||GS 350||2007–2012||3.5 L petrol V6||2GR-FSE||Canada, Europe, Japan, United States|
|UZS190||GS 430||2006–2007||RWD||4.3 L petrol V8||3UZ-FE||Middle East|
|GWS191||GS 450h||2007–2012||CVT||3.5 L hybridV6||2GR-FSE||Canada, China, Europe, Japan, United States|
|URS190||GS 460||2008–2012||8-speed AT||4.6 L petrol V8||1UR-FE||Australia, Canada, China, Europe, Japan, United States|
|Model year(s)||Model no(s).||Chassis code(s)||Engine type||Engine code||Transmission(s)||Power||Torque|
|1993–1997||GS 300||JZS147||3.0 L I6||2JZ-GE||4-speed AT||168 kW (225 hp; 228 PS) at 5,800 rpm||280 N⋅m (210 lb⋅ft) at 4,800 rpm|
|1998–2000||GS 400||UZS160||4.0 L V8||1UZ-FE||5-speed AT||224 kW (300 hp; 305 PS) at 6,000 rpm||420 N⋅m (310 lb⋅ft) at 4,000 rpm|
|1998–2004||GS 300||JZS160||3.0 L I6||2JZ-GE||5-speed AT||168 kW (225 hp; 228 PS) at 6,000 rpm||300 N⋅m (220 lb⋅ft) at 4,000 rpm|
|2001–2005||GS 430||UZS161||4.3 L V8||3UZ-FE||5-speed AT||224 kW (300 hp; 305 PS) at 5,600 rpm||441 N⋅m (325 lb⋅ft) at 4,000 rpm|
|2006–2007||GS 300||GRS190||3.0 L V6||3GR-FSE||6-speed AT||188 kW (252 hp; 256 PS) at 6,200 rpm||310 N⋅m (230 lb⋅ft) at 3,600 rpm|
|GS 300 AWD||GRS195||3.0 L V6||3GR-FSE||6-speed AT||188 kW (252 hp; 256 PS) at 6,200 rpm||310 N⋅m (230 lb⋅ft) at 3,600 rpm|
|GS 430||UZS190||4.3 L V8||3UZ-FE||6-speed AT||216 kW (290 hp; 294 PS) at 5,600 rpm||434 N⋅m (320 lb⋅ft) at 4,000 rpm|
|2007–2012||GS 450h||GWS191||3.5 L V6 hybrid||2GR-FSE||CVT||253 kW (339 hp; 344 PS) at 6,400 rpm||490 N⋅m (360 lb⋅ft) at 4,600 rpm|
|GS 350||GRS191||3.5 L V6||2GR-FSE||6-speed AT||226 kW (303 hp; 307 PS) at 6,200 rpm||371 N⋅m (274 lb⋅ft) at 3,600 rpm|
|2008–2012||GS 350 AWD||GRS196||3.5 L V6||2GR-FSE||6-speed AT||226 kW (303 hp; 307 PS) at 6,200 rpm||371 N⋅m (274 lb⋅ft) at 3,600 rpm|
|GS 460||URS190||4.6 L V8||1UR-FE||8-speed AT||255 kW (342 hp; 347 PS) at 6,200 rpm||460 N⋅m (340 lb⋅ft) at 3,900 rpm|
|2012–2015||GS 250||GRL11||2.5L V6||4GR-FSE||6-speed AT||158 kW (215 hp; 218 PS) at 6,400 rpm||260 N⋅m (190 lb⋅ft) at 3,800 rpm|
|2013||GS 350||GRL10||3.5 L V6||2GR-FSE||6-speed AT||228 kW (306 hp; 310 PS) at 6,200 rpm||376 N⋅m (277 lb⋅ft) at 3,900 rpm|
|GS 350 AWD||GRL15||3.5 L V6||2GR-FSE||6-speed AT||228 kW (306 hp; 310 PS) at 6,200 rpm||376 N⋅m (277 lb⋅ft) at 3,900 rpm|
|2013–2020||GS 450h||GWL10||3.5 L V6 hybrid||2GR-FXE||two-stage CVT||218 kW (292 hp; 296 PS) at 6,400 rpm||490 N⋅m (360 lb⋅ft) at 4,600 rpm|
|2014–2015||GS 350||GRL10||3.5 L V6||2GR-FSE||8-speed AT||228 kW (306 hp; 310 PS) at 6,200 rpm||376 N⋅m (277 lb⋅ft) at 3,900 rpm|
|GS 350 AWD||GRL15||3.5 L V6||2GR-FSE||6-speed AT||228 kW (306 hp; 310 PS) at 6,200 rpm||376 N⋅m (277 lb⋅ft) at 3,900 rpm|
|2016–2017||GS 200t||ARL10||2.0 L I4 turbo||8AR-FTS||8-speed AT||180 kW (240 hp; 240 PS) at 4,800–5,600 rpm||350 N⋅m (260 lb⋅ft) at 1,650–4,000 rpm|
|2016–2020||GS 350||GRL12||3.5 L V6||2GR-FKS||8-speed AT||232 kW (311 hp; 315 PS) at 6,600 rpm||380 N⋅m (280 lb⋅ft) at 4,800 rpm|
|GS 350 AWD||GRL16||3.5 L V6||2GR-FKS||6-speed AT||232 kW (311 hp; 315 PS) at 6,600 rpm||380 N⋅m (280 lb⋅ft) at 4,800 rpm|
|GS F||URL10||5.0 L V8||2UR-GSE||8-speed AT||348 kW (467 hp; 473 PS) at 6,600 rpm||530 N⋅m (390 lb⋅ft) at 5,200 rpm|
|2018–2020||GS 300||ARL10||2.0 L I4 turbo||8AR-FTS||8-speed AT||180 kW (240 hp; 240 PS) at 4,800–5,600 rpm||350 N⋅m (260 lb⋅ft) at 1,650–4,000 rpm|
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- AAA named the third generation GS 300 the best car in its class for 2005.
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- The GS 450h's Lexus Hybrid Drive system was the recipient of the annual Paul Pietsch Prize for Advanced Technology in 2007, awarded by technical editors of Auto Motor Und Sport publications.
- The Lexus GS 450h was named the winner of the 2007 IF product design award from the International Forum Design group in Hannover, Germany.
- German automotive magazine Auto Bild selected the GS 450h for its "Auto 1" award for best sedan in 2007.
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- Kelley Blue Book gave the GS series its Best to Hold Value Award in 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001.
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