Lexus GS PROS and CONS
- Luxurious and sporty design
- The interior cabin is spacious and comfortable
- Very solid performance engine
- Complete safety system
- Loaded with powerful features
- There is a heads-up display
- The thrill of a racing car
- Premium price
- Expensive treatment
The Lexus GS is a medium luxury sedan that offers savage performance. In Japan, the Lexus GS is also known as the Toyota Aristo. The new Lexus brand was used in 2006 in Japan, and no longer uses the name Aristo. In its development, the Lexus GS has evolved in three generations. The third generation Lexus GS, the Lexus GS 300 has entered the Philippines market since 2008. Then followed by the next two Lexus GS series, the Lexus GS 200t and Lexus GS F, which became the two new luxury car variants since 2016.
As a luxury sedan, the Lexus GS has reliable performance. The new model, the Lexus GS 200t uses a 1,998 cc Turbocharged gasoline engine and the Lexus GS F with a super-powered 5.0-liter V8 engine. In addition, the Lexus GS 300 model which is one of the most popular Lexus GS models is also still in great demand thanks to its stubborn engine. Lexus GS 300 uses a 1,998 cc Turbo engine. Like other Lexus car models, the Lexus GS is sold at a fantastic price tag. Lexus itself is known as a Toyota sub-brand that sells premium cars.
The Lexus GS series has several variants. Two of the latest Lexus GS variants rolled out in 2016, namely the Lexus GS 200t and the Lexus GS F. In addition, there is also a very iconic Lexus GS 300. The Lexus GS 200t is available in 2 variants, Luxury and F-Sport which uses a 1,998 cc (2.0 L) 4-cylinder Turbocharged in line with Dual VVT-i engine capable of spraying power up to 241 BHP at 5,800 rpm. The torque touches 350 Nm. Whereas the Lexus GS 300 uses a 2.0 liter, 4-cylinder Turbocharged Dual VVT-i engine which both produces 241 BHP output and 350 Nm of torque. The Lexus GS F is the strongest model that uses a 4969 cc V8 engine (5.0 liter), 32-valve DOHC with dual VVT-i which produces a maximum power of 470 HP at 7,100 rpm and torque of 530 Nm at 4,800-5,600 rpm.
As a premium sedan, of course, the Lexus GS has an impressive performance. We can see the Lexus GS 300 has an acceleration from 0-100 km / h which can be reached within 6 seconds. The highest speed reaches 230 km / hour. While the Lexus GS F has a top speed of 270 km / h and acceleration from 0-100 km / h in 4.5 seconds. The Lexus GS F also has a turning radius of 5.6 meters. Of course, the Lexus GS also has a pretty good braking system. 17-inch disc brakes embedded in the front and rear wheels of this luxury sedan. Also supported double wishbone front suspension and Multilink rear suspension, and steering wheel rack type AMD pinion. Thus, the passengers inside still feel comfortable when the car is doing in the uneven road. To drive, the driver can also change to driving mode as desired, ie Normal, Eco.
The Lexus GS is also equipped with the best safety features. Lexus GS F pinned 10 SRS Airbags scattered throughout its cabin, Blind Spot Monitor to find out blind spots not visible, Park Assist for easy parking, and Lexus Navigation system for navigation systems. In addition, the Lexus GS also has cruise control radar, electro multi vision for navigation status, pressure alert, blind spot monitor, lane departure alert, parking assist, and also 10 srs airbags. Both are also equipped with standard safety features such as Hill start Assist, Traction Control (TC), Anti-Lock Braking System braking (ABS), Electronically Controlled Brake System (ECB), 3 point seat-belt and pretensioner, and many more.
Also comfort features such as moonroof, 3-zone independent climate control system, deodorising filter, nanoe system, power rear sunshade, white LED interior lighting, energy saving airflow control, and several others make passengers in the Lexus GS more comfortable. Also includes a head-up display, smart key system, cruise control, 3.5-screen Multi Information Display, automatic rain sensor, Bluetooth connectivity via cellphone, and many more.
The Lexus GS is present in the luxury sedan car segment. Of course, this luxury car must face other competitors who are equally tough. The Lexus GS 300 and 200t compete with competitors such as the Audi A6 and BMW 528i Luxury, and the Mercedes-Benz E 400 AMG. But the Audi A6 is often referred to as its closest competitor. The Audi A6 is equipped with a 1.8 liter 4-cylinder engine that produces a maximum output of 190 PS and 320 Nm of torque. While the Lexus GS 200t with a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder turbo engine is capable of producing a maximum power of 241 HP and 250 Nm of torque. While the Lexus GS F, which has a 5-liter V8 engine with a power of 470 HP, it must deal with a BMW M5 that has a 4.4 liter engine with a maximum power of 560 HP.
The Lexus GS has a luxurious and classy exterior. The Lexus GS 200t brings noticeable changes to the spindle grille found in modern Lexus cars. Also given new changes to the triple beam headlamps, LED rear lights, and 18-inch alloy wheels with new designs. However, the design of the Lexus GS grille looks simpler and more similar to the Lexus ES sedan variant, with protrusions and indentations under the foglamp. The Lexus GS 300 relies on an hourglass grille, new wheels, wider fenders, darker rear lights, and a new design rear bumper. Lexus GS 300 has 18-inch aluminum wheels that look sporty, LED Taillight that makes it look attractive. While the Lexus GS F looks to have a sportier exterior. Like the Lexus GS 300, this model has an hourglass grille that challenges from hood to asphalt, new wheels, wider fenders, taillights with a darker color, new rear bumper with four exhausts that look fierce. 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels combined with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, front and rear spoilers made of super lightweight carbon fiber material, and LED taillight make the exterior of the Lexus GS F seem more masculine.
Speaking of its dimensions, the Lexus GS 300 is shaped with dimensions measuring 4850 mm long, 1840 mm wide, and 1455 mm high, with a wheelbase distance of 2850 mm. This car weighs 2,190 kg and the fuel tank is 66 liters. While the Lexus GS F has dimensions measuring 4915 x 1845 x 1440 mm and 2850 mm wheelbase.
The Lexus GS 300 is available in Mercury Gray Mica, Sonic Silver, Sonic Titanium Metallic, Red Mica Crystal Shine, Amber Crystal Shine, Deep Blue, Sonic Quartz Metallic, Graphite Black and Black colors.
Lexus GS F is available in Sonic Silver, Mercury Gray Mica, Sonic Titanium Metallic, Red Mica Crystal Shine, Lava Orange Crystal Shine, Heat Blue Contrast Layering, White Nova Glass Flake, and Graphite Black.
The new Lexus GS passenger cabin looks quite luxurious and comfortable. Inside the cabin there is a 12.3-inch touchscreen display that supports the Mark Levinson audio system with 17 speakers and is connected to the Lexus Navigation System. There is also a select drive mode, namely Eco, Normal, Sport, and the F Sport variant has an additional Sport +. All types of Lexus GS are equipped with a blind spot monitor, 10 SRS Airbags, vehicle dynamic integrated management. There is also a support head-up display to find out the driving performance quickly.
Luxury can also be seen from the interior cabin of this Lexus GS. The shift knob is coated with ornate leather that fits perfectly in your hand. There is also Optitron Technology on the MID screen to produce a clear and easy to read illumination display. This car is also supported by Artificial Intelligent Shift-based technology. It is also useful to provide information from the G sensor to lower the gears when braking and how much gear the current is lowered. Meanwhile the meter panel on the Lexus GS F looks like the meter on the aircraft cockpit, it looks sophisticated and modern. Passenger seat seats in the Lexus GS F type sport seats and sporty looking. In addition, advanced features also complement the interior of the Lexus GS F such as dynamic steering.