2011 Lexus GS 460, New Lexus GS 460, Lexus GS 460 Review

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Lexus GS460

2011 Lexus GS 460 #8211; Combines Luxury With Performance

Advantages

Outstanding finish and fit; impressive power; well designed and quiet interior; refined handling and ride balance.

Disadvantages

Headroom may be insufficient for taller passengers; barely faster unlike V6 model; touchy brakes; minor ergonomic shortcomings.

Introduction

2011 Lexus GS 460 is a responsive and smooth luxury sedan, which is designed and engineered from the ground up for providing handling and performance, which invigorates next-gen technology, which empowers you to do more and unforgettable styling inside and out. It offers plenty of luxury and performance features at a reasonable price, but is ultimately outclassed by its competition. What happens when you fuse a blank canvas, DNA of world renowned LFA supercar and an unwavering vision?

A Lexus you have to experience to believe. You will feel it in the way the all-new chassis’ added rigidity; lower posture and wider stance help keep you firmly positioned when attacking corners and how it offers a noticeably smoother and quieter ride while cruising. You will experience it in the way its new, more nimble and lighter suspension systems deliver razor sharp response and invigorating steering feel while markedly reducing body lean.

For those craving added exhilaration with their exhilaration, you will feel it even more with the more aggressively tuned GS F SPORT. This is performance worthy of a standing ovation. This is the Lexus model line which will change the way you see Lexus.

The Lexus GS is basically a series of midsize luxury executive cars and sports sedans marketed since 1993 by Lexus. Slotted between the full-size LS and compact IS, and engineered for providing Lexus with a performance sedan to compete in mid-luxury segment, 4 generations of the GS have been produced to date.

All models have been available with rear-wheel drive system and 6-cylinder engines; V8 engines were available in the third and second generations, and hybrid and all-wheel drive versions were introduced in 2005. The first two GS generations had a domestic market equivalent, the Toyota Aristo, marketed in Japan from 1991 till the launch of Lexus brand and the 3rd generation GS in 2005.

The 1st Lexus GS started sales in Europe, United States and selected markets in Asia in 1993, where it debuted with inline six-cylinder engine and exterior bodywork designed by Italdesign Giugiaro. While the 2nd generation GS was introduced in the year 1998, using in-house styling, adding a V8 version for the first time outside Japan and a new platform.

The 3rd generation GS was introduced internationally for 2006 model year and was produced in V8, V6 and hybrid forms, the latter called GS 450h performance hybrid. The 4th generation Lexus GS was launched at Pebble Beach Concours d#8217;Elegance in August 2011; including the hybrid GS 450h, performance tuned GS 350 F-Sport and V6-powered GS 350. The GS 250, a lower displacement V6 model was introduced in November 2011 at Auto Guangzhou Exhibition, targeted at European and Asian markets.

In some markets such as North America, the front-wheel drive ES and the GS both belong to the midsize sedan segment.

In 2005, the GS 430 (UZS190) and GS 350 (GRS191) were marketed in Japan; the GS 430 using the same 4.3-liter 3UZ-FE V8 engine found on its predecessor, while the GS 350 using a 3.5-liter 2GR-FSE engine with D4-S direct injection. United States sales started in March 2006 with the initial U.S. model lineup including the GS 430 and the GS 300 (GRS190), featuring a ULEV certified 3GR-FSE 3.0 liter V6 engine.

New to the GS line was an Electric Power Steering (EPS) system, and both hybrid and V8 models featured an Electronically Controlled Brake (ECB) a type of brake-by-wire system and VGRS (Variable Gear Ratio Steering) system. Hybrid and V8 models also featured an AVS (Adaptive Variable Suspension) system which individually tailored suspension damper firmness. VDIM (Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management) was standard on GS 430/460/450h models and coupled to VGRS with which it could alter steering gear ratios.

Standard safety features on GS ranged from multiple airbags, including front row side torso airbags and knee airbags to antilock braking, adaptive headlights, brake assist, Vehicle Stability Control and electronic brakeforce distribution. The radar-based PCS (Pre-Collision System) with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control system was optional. The GS 450h was amongst the first model to get the infrared Driver Monitoring System for driver attentiveness.

The GS interior was available with walnut trim or leather bird#8217;s-eye maple. Major standard features ranged from SmartAccess keyless system with push-button start, a 10-way driver and front passenger power and heated seats with three-position Lexus Memory System, standard 7 in (180 mm) touchscreen display, LED lighting and a driver-side hidden drop-down panel for infrequently used controls in the cabin.

Optional features ranged from a discrete 14-speaker 330W 5.1 channel surround sound Mark Levinson premium sound system, DVD based navigation with backup camera and Bluetooth technology and XM-satellite radio to a power moonroof. Rivals to the Lexus GS included Mercedes Benz E-Class, BMW 5-Series. Audi A6, Volvo S80. Infiniti M, Acura RL and Jaguar XF .

Introducing the new face of Lexus, where a commanding seating position and multiple performance driving modes invigorate you. Sequential ambient lighting, an accommodating interior and bold lines welcome you. Where available industry leading technology keeps you connected like never before, while Luxury and Premium Packages surround you with the company’s innovations and finest materials.

Available in multiple versions, including Hybrid, F SPORT, and all-wheel drive, the GS model line doesn’t just raise the bar, but sets a new one altogether. Take style and performance to the next level with GS F Sport’s unique design elements and race inspired components. The larger front brakes with 2-piece rotors and 4-piston calipers (RWD), all new F Sport-tuned suspension, available Lexus Dynamic Handling system and 19-inch LFA-inspired wheels deliver jaw-dropping performance.

Available all-wheel drive offers enhanced traction and control. And exterior styling is dramatically enhanced by an aggressive front fascia, F SPORT grille and distinctive rear lip spoiler.

On its own merits, the 2011 Lexus GS 460 is a fine choice as a luxury sport sedan, which delivers comfort, prestige, performance and plethora of upmarket features to please some of the most discerning of buyers. Its drawbacks, as minor as they are, include a less responsive suspension and a bit less headroom. For average sized drivers with little desire for athletic handling, these faults are easily forgiven, since the Lexus excels in nearly every other segment.

The calm and quiet cabin delivers class leading comfort while enveloping passengers in expert craftsmanship and top-notch materials.

The 4.6 liter V8 engine generates ample 342 horsepower for providing the 2011 Lexus GS 460 relatively swift acceleration that should satisfy the vast majority of luxury sedan shoppers. You will also find a V6-powered GS 350 for drivers with a smaller appetite for performance, and a more fuel-efficient GS 460h hybrid. Amongst GS 460#8242;s rivals, the largest threat comes from Germany.

The Mercedes Benz E-Class is hard to beat in terms of prestige and style, while the BMW 5 Series provides higher performance and more space. The Audi A6 presents an understated and well-rounded alternative.

Variants, Body Types and Features

The 2011 Lexus GS 460 is a midsize premium luxury sport sedan which is available in a single, well appointed trim that includes adaptive variable suspension, 18-inch alloy wheels, foglights, adaptive automatic xenon headlights, power trunk closer, a sunroof, auto dimming mirrors, automatic wipers, leather upholstery, keyless ignition and entry, a power tilt and telescoping wood trimmed steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, 10-way power front seats with driver memory and lumbar adjustment, heated and cooled front seats, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a 10-speaker stereo with satellite radio, USB/iPod interface and a six-CD changer and Safety Connect emergency telematics.

Optional features and equipments include a hard drive Navigation System package with a rearview camera, real-time traffic and weather, Bluetooth phonebook downloading, Lexus Enform enhanced telematics and voice controls features. A Mark Levinson 14-speaker premium surround sound system might also be paired with the navigation system. Other options include rear parking sensors, a rear spoiler, a power active stabilizer that enhances control during cornering and limits body roll, a power rear sunshade, run-flat tires (all-season or summer) and adaptive cruise control (includes a pre-collision system).

What’s Beneath the Hood of 2011 Lexus GS 460?

Lexus GS460

Motivation for the 2011 Lexus GS 460 comes from a 4.6 liter V8 engine, which is good for pulsating 342 horsepower with 339 pound feet of torque. The engine is mated to eight-speed automatic transmission with manual override and accelerates from 0 to 60 miles per hour in the time range of 5.4 seconds. The rated fuel economy for GS is 24 mpg highway, 17 mpg city and 20 mpg in combined driving.

Safety Reliability

The 2011 Lexus GS 460 comes with standard safety features, which include traction control, antilock brakes with brake assist, front and rear side impact airbags, stability control, side curtain airbags, active front head restraints and front knee airbags. Safety Connect, a conventional telematics service with stolen vehicle locator, emergency assistance button and automatic collision notification is also standard.

Adding the optional adaptive cruise control includes a pre-collision system, which detects impending collisions and responds by activating brake assist and pre-tensioning the seatbelts. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave GS 460 its highest rating of #8220;Good#8221; for both side impact and frontal offset collisions.

Special Features and Cockpit Design

Upholding the company’s reputation for finely crafted cockpits, the interior of 2011 Lexus GS 460 surrounds passengers with rich wood, aluminum trim and supple leather. Imagine arriving in style even before you have left. As you approach, the ground is illuminated in soft white light from the side mirrors. The new LED dome and rear lamps begin to glow, inviting you in.

As you unlock the doors, the ambient lights in the door trim and foot wells and analog LED clock come to life. Press the ignition button and the base of Remote Touch device glows, the welcoming sequence culminates with the reveal of gauge cluster and the display animation begins.

When you approach interior design as you would a room in your home, the results are dramatic. Four colors of leather trim from timeless Black to bold new Cabernet; four types of decorative accents from genuine bamboo to striated aluminum; even three colors of headliner. A wide range of color combinations isn’t all that sets the GS model line apart. Unique contrast stitching provides tactile and visual appeal to the door panel, center console, the entire length of sculpted dash and shift knob.

Extensive headroom and legroom allow you to make the most of its voluptuous interior. The Premium Package offers the added comfort of heat and ventilation in standard 10-way adjustable front seats and the convenience of rain sensing wipers and power rear sunshade.

Imagine a cockpit filled with sound so dimensional and crisp, it is as if your favorite band were sitting in the car with you. And a system so advanced it can account for the tone and volume of unwanted ambient noise. This is the available Mark Levinson 835-watt, 17-speaker Premium Surround Sound Audio System.

A triumph in automotive audio, its industry-first GreenEdge Technology makes its speakers more than twice as powerful as traditional ones while utilizing less power.

Driving Impressions

The 2011 Lexus GS 460 offers abundance of power for pleasing the majority of drivers, along with a respectable handling and comfortably smooth ride. Whether maneuvering at lower speeds or carving precisely through a canyon, the available all-new Lexus Dynamic Handling system anticipates and delivers the appropriate handling through multiple integrated systems.

At high speeds, the all-new Dynamic Rear Steering system turns the rear wheels in the same direction like the front for optimal control and agility. While at low speeds, the rear wheels turn in the opposite direction for a tighter turning circle and precise maneuvering. The VGRS (Variable Gear-Ratio Steering system) offers a more direct steering feel and optimized responsiveness.

Taking the exhilarating performance of 2011 Lexus GS 460 to the next level, it connects you to the road like never before. Amongst its updates, it boasts a specially tuned sport suspension, even more aggressive Sport S+ driving mode, an available Lexus Dynamic Handling system with Dynamic Rear Steering (DRS) and staggered-width 19-in wheels (RWD).

Boasting direct injection, one of the most powerful base powerplants in its segment and the core sound of LFA, the GS puts the exhilaration of 306 horsepower at your fingertips. In Manual mode, its new, quicker-shifting 6-speed transmission can be controlled with shift paddles. By automatically increasing the engine speed during downshifts, their throttle blipping function delivers smoother and faster gear changes for greater response and acceleration coming out of corners.

Overall, the Lexus GS 460 is rewarding to drive with the calm, intuitive personality we associate with the Lexus brand.

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