Lexus GS300 1998 Car Reviews | NRMA Motoring & Services

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Lexus GS300

Car Review

NRMA Motoring Date: 20 1998

Lexus has moved to the price gap between its ES300 and LS 400 with the long-awaited arrival of the sedan.

At $89,500, the GS300 Lexus buyers another between the two ES300 models at and $69,990, and the flagship LS400 at

The GS300 that was launched five years ago didn’t to Australia, but its belated introduction has one in that we now get the very latest, model.

Showing how serious it is going after the established luxury marques, Lexus mess around when it to updating the GS300. This one has a new wheelbase platform, an all-new new suspension, a new engine and a new transmission.

The rear wheel drive features traditional Lexus of finish, quietness and comfort, and is with an incredible array of and engineering technology.

Advanced of the twin overhead in-line six engine include infinitely valve timing, air-assisted fuel injection, an electronic with snow mode, ignition, a knock control on-board diagnostics and stainless exhaust headers.

Behind this engine is an adaptive five speed transmission. In addition to anti-lock and traction control, the GS300 has Stability Control. This digests information from sensors monitoring lateral steering wheel angle, position and yaw rates, and then off the throttle or applies the brakes on wheels to counteract oversteer or

Lexus describes VSC as an important aid (particularly in snow conditions) but out it is not a cure for over-driving.

Space precludes listing the equipment in full detail, but of the more significant/interesting items front and side airbags for the and front passenger, anti-theft with alarm and engine power operated seats and column, climate-control airconditioning driver and passenger controls, a speaker sound system a 6-stack CD changer in the glovebox, and leather trim with panelling inserts.

The attention to extends to auto dipping and exterior mirrors (exterior are also heated); new self-levelling intensity discharge headlamps are three times brighter and with retractable high jet washers; black-on-white instrument with automatic background and a programmable body computer allows the personalising of a wide of vehicle functions.

Lexus GS300

Driving the GS300 is overall, a pleasant experience. Not only is it quiet (almost matching the on interior noise levels), the is wonderfully responsive and powerful, the five speed automatic proving a very worthy

The only imperfection we found was when trickling along at low the sensitive throttle action can in a tendency to surge if you aren’t on the pedal.

With the suspension set a touch to provide the desired levels of the GS300 is no sports car in its handling, but safe, confident and secure on the Enthusiastic drivers may curse the of the VSC when it intervenes, but it certainly the car in adverse situations, or if the driver something reckless.

The GS300 has brakes. Not only did they impressive emergency stopping and superior resistance to fade, the hydraulic pump (in lieu of a booster) results in only a light pedal effort required for normal braking and the is progressive and controllable.

Summary

Built to standards are seemingly up with the best in the and equipped with all manner of luxury and technological equipment, the GS300 is an impressive new entry the upper medium luxury

The GS300 has some formidable in the form of Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi, but it might lack their and prestige, it can certainly match on performance, quality, comfort and

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