Lexus GS goes turbo

BY CHARL BOSCH - FEBRUARY 3, 2016

Mere days after lifting the wraps off its brand new RX crossover SUV, Lexus has given its mid-range GS sedan a mid-facelift with the biggest news being the introduction of the marque’s 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine.

Visual changes are however more subtle with the GS featuring the latest iteration of Lexus’ Spindle Grille, that consists out of a revised front bumper, Bi-LED headlights, redesigned rear bumper and new taillights.

Inside, the previous infotainment display screen has been dropped in favour of a brand-new 4.2-inch multi-media system that features “side enter” buttons on the Touch remote media interface controller.

As well as a redesigned dashboard, additional changes include a new audio panel and climate control interface, genuine aluminium finish on the gear lever, around the air vents and on the doors and switchgear, new seat upholstery and an analogue clock with GPS time adjusting.

Claimed to offer a more comfortable ride than before, changes under the skin comprise of an updated suspension and damper setup, revised stabiliser bars and flatter underbody aerodynamics to better air follow.

Replacing the previous hybrid model as the most fuel efficient GS offering, the aforementioned 2.0-litre turbo slots in below the unchanged 3.5-litre V6, with power being rated at 180 kW and 380 N.m of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission sends driver to the rear wheels with Lexus claiming a top speed of 230 km/h and 0-100 km/h time of 7.6 secs.

A four year / 100 000 km Distance Plans is standard on both models.

 

PRICING

MODEL POWER PRICE
GS200t EX 180 kW / 380 N.m R688 600
GS350 F-Sport 232 kW / 380 N.m R777 700