2006 Lexus GS430 Road Test | CarParts.com

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I tnever fails. I test a bunch of cars, impressed with a few and, in bump up my expectations of how a fine car feel and perform. I’m at how good cars have become.

The quality ofengineering in vehicles means that a no longer has to choose between and handling, performance and gas mileage, ora engine and one that is silky-smooth and Then along comes a car this2006 Lexus GS 430 and it forces me to all those glowing accolades Ihad heaped on lesser that I thought were so

The Premium Sport Sedan is a tough segment to compete in. are a number of outstanding choices and you go wrong with any one of them. In to be a player here, a car has to have styling, great handling, a smooth ride, comfortable and superb performance from a engine.

After that, the car something that sets it from the crowd.

The new GS has all of these in abundance and then some, but sets it apart from the is pretty much what had since the model was introduced in the Lexus reputation for absolute reliability.

Lexus is using the BMW 5 as a benchmark for this class and has set its on raising the bar to a new level. This is an target indeed, but Lexus has time and again that have the ammunition to carry it

The first thing you notice you see the new GS is that Lexus is finally styling very seriously. car is as sleek as you can make it while leaving room to comfortably 5 … passengers. You can see some cues from the previous GS, around the front grill and area, but the overall look is clean and elegant, perhaps a bit than the aggressively styled model.

Lexus promises that new styling direction will its way to future models in the Lexus

The interior is clean, comfortable and organized, especially for the driver. has always designed controls perform complex functions, being thoughtful, simple and to understand. To clean up the cockpit more, Lexus took the that are not often used driving, and placed them in a flip-down panel to the left of the wheel.

When this is closed, there is a smaller compartment that can flip and is perfect for change and other items.

The 7 LCD display in the central is standard even if the navigation is not ordered. Buttons on either of the screen control what is The screen is also touch so that you touch pictures of to easily navigate through the

In my opinion, this is a much system than the single found on other cars in class.

Lexus likes to add special touch to the instrument In this case, the three look like they are from machined aluminum white markings. Because of a lens that uses transparency glass that darkens or lightens to eliminate the gauges are easy to read, day or

And the tachometer has been reengineered to more quickly and accurately to in RPM.

This car is a technological de force, but you would never it just by looking. The electronic shows itself by making you comfortable or causing you to feel a better driver than you actually be. Some of these tech features include:

ratio Electronic Power (GS 430): This system the steering ratio based on the speed. When you are going you turn the wheel less in to turn a corner or while On the highway, this fast will make the car feel so the computer smoothly and gradually to a slower ratio as you speed up for a relaxed steering feel.

This system will add its own subtle steering inputs necessary, like in cross where it will automatically for drifting. The system is so smooth, you never feel it intervene. The car feels like it is reading mind so that you feel in control.

Vehicle Dynamics Management (GS 430): This is stability control taken to the level. While most control systems will that you are beginning to skid, because you are entering a turn too or you are on a slippery surface. The system then try to bring you back your intended course by individual brakes and/or engine power. The VDIM on the GS goes beyond those systems.

It is able to predict you will lose control it actually happens and intervene It also works by applying brakes and reducing engine but it may also add some steering by up to 2 degrees to catch the problem it becomes a problem. In actuality, system makes a mediocre feel like a good and a good driver feel a great driver.

Electronically Brake system (GS 430): to the system on the Mercedes E-Class, system is akin to brake-by-wire. The measures the speed and pressure of foot on the brake pedal and it electronically to the brakes at each Combined with huge inch front rotors and friction brake pads, system works with to maximize brake performance and straight, fade free in all weather and road conditions.

Variable Suspension system (GS Allows the driver to switch the between Normal and Sport When the switch is in normal the car has a smooth comfortable ride. to Sport mode stiffens the and provides flatter cornering reduced dive and squat accelerating and braking.

Smart Access keyless and start: There is no key used to and start this car. You a small transmitter in your or purse and, as you approach the you will notice that the lights under the mirrors on to welcome you, then the lights illuminate. When you are arms length of the door, you grab the door handle and the unlocks.

You then slip the wheel noticing that the steering wheel and mirrors are for you, even though much shorter spouse was driving a few minutes ago. inside, you simply depress the pedal and press the Engine button. No need to hold the button in, just a tap will do.

The will continue to crank it fires up. To shut the car off, put the transmission in park, depress the pedal and press the Start/Stop again.

Pre-Collision System: optional system is a safety that can sense an impending collision and brace itself you) to lessen the severity of the The system uses radar to a crash before it happens. It then cinch up your belt, switch the suspension to mode and pre-initialize the Brake

A chime will go off to alert the and, if he doesn’t react, the will apply the brakes for up to 0.3 Gs of

Radar Cruise Control: If you the Pre-Collision system, you will get Radar Cruise Control. is a system that uses to measure the distance between you and the car and reduce the car’s speed in to match the speed of the vehicle in of you. This allows you to use cruise control in moderate even though the speed changing.

If the car ahead begins to the system will slow you first by reducing the throttle, by downshifting, finally by applying the in order to maintain an adequate

When it came time to the GS so we could see first hand how all wiz-bang features translate real time driving, our where high–and we were not We had a blast trying to fool the electronic busybodies into so that we could say ah ha. Gotcha! But it happened.

This car was the perfect of smooth, refined driving on all the surfaces and traffic conditions we could throw at it.

The ride was especially on the GS430 with the low profile performance tires, but it was objectionable. Wind noise and noise were typical quiet. The six speed sequential transmission was like butter relaxed cruising and a mind during aggressive romps. the car into a fast turn and the will hold its gear, you to accelerate out of the turn in the correct

Move the shift lever to the and you are in manual mode where you can to shift yourself. A minor is the lack or paddle shifters the wheel or even up-down buttons on the steering wheel like on the previous GS300. But car felt so good on the road I was easily able overlook minor shortcoming.

A true transmission is not available on the GS.

We had the opportunity to the GS in all three configurations: The GS 300 with drive, the GS 300 with all-wheel and the GS 430 with rear-wheel drive. The GS 300 is with a 3.0 liter V6 engine produces 245 horsepower, while the GS 430 had a 300 V8. The biggest difference between the V6 and the V8 was and the sound of the engine at full

The GS 300 was plenty fast, going a standing start to 60 mph in a brisk 6.8 but the engine felt like it had to a bit harder to achieve these times.

As for the GS 430, it was uncannily smooth and for a car with this kind of envelope. Floor the throttle and you are with a 0 to 60 blast in 5.7 seconds no more than a sultry coming from the ultra-smooth V8. is one of the silkiest engines in the business.

get me wrong. If you compare the V6 to any other V6 in class, the Lexus V6 comes out on top the possible exception of the Acura just don’t try to compare it the Lexus V8. Is the V8 worth the more the $8,000 difference in price? It is for me.

Of if you drive either car more you would be hard pressed to which engine was under the

Despite the trick steering and all the wizardry, this car felt and natural on the road. This car had the stability of a Japanese Bullet in other words, as good as it The ride felt luxury car especially on the GS300 with the rubber, while remaining flat during aggressive

The standard sound system is good and includes an in-dash 6 changer and cassette tape with DolbyB and C noise The system comes with 10 and Digital signal processing Automatic Sound Levelizer But the real news is with the Mark Levinson sound

This is a 5.1 surround system 11 channels of amplification. The system hold 6 audio CDs and can play DVD as well. The car must be in park the parking brake set in order to the video on the LCD screen.

Lexus GS430

The surround was simply amazing. Switching normal stereo and surround opened a whole new dimension to the True, I’m not an audiophile, but my is that a real music would be quite satisfied this system.

Front and park assist is another that deserves special This system will a graphic of the car on the screen showing any around the car, front or It will even display the of the front wheels and knows the the car is steering toward.

A DVD based GPS navigation system is an option. This is a fourth system for Lexus and comes over 6 million points of You can also set a destination by phone The system contains over 10 business entries for selection.

If you the navigation system, you also get a camera that displays a TV image of the rear whenever you put the car in

Standard safety features

Driver and front passenger airbags with occupant shutoff system so that the airbag won’t activate if is no one in the seat.

Seat mounted airbags for front seats

and rear curtain head air

Driver and front passenger airbags.

Four-channel, four-sensor brakes (ABS) integrated Brake Assist (BA), VSC and Brake force Distribution

Do not drive one of these babiesunless you can it. Once you drive the GS 430, you be lookingto see how much equity you left in your house. The time I drove a car that was good, I had to pinch myself to sure that I wasn’t

I woke up in time to hear my school science teacher ask me So is your answer to the question, Mr. This time, my arm may be black and but the car is here and it is real.

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