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Review: 2011 Lexus GS 460

that pesky honor who always sat in the front row, was to raise his or her hand to answer a and never seemed to score an A on an exam, Lexus has managed to teacher’s pet in nearly every in which it competes. Its luxury have been a hit with for more than 20 years, but one crucial segment where hasn’t made much of a Midsize luxury cars.

a tough class that the globe from Detroit to to England to Japan and, of to Germany.

Lexus’ GS range has everything from Italian to a tantalizing demeanor, but it has never a major player. To figure out we borrowed a shiny new 2011 GS 460 sedan from one of the automaker’s distributors, Gulf States

Now nearing the end of its third generation, the GS in above the sporty IS and below the LS. It’s sized about the tremendously popular ES 350, but the GS rear-wheel-drive and a much higher tag – not to mention the optional V8 in our tester.

Its basic style is derivative of the Giugiaro-penned 1991 GS300 (a Toyota Aristo), but the latest car was for 2006. Smoother and suaver the second-generation GS – notable for its Something wicked this way ad campaign – the S190-platform car the two-engine configuration of its predecessor.

As we jumped at the range-topping GS 460 with its 4.6-liter V8. A hybrid – GS 450h – was briefly on before sluggish sales its removal from the North market.

What’s it up against?

with a V8 engine, the GS’ traditional rivals come Germany – namely the BMW and Mercedes-Benz E550. But can-do competitor Infiniti’s new M56 presents competition, as does the shapely XF.

Any breakthroughs?

As the oldest offering in its the GS 460 doesn’t exactly brim unexpected touches. But at $60,490 as it offers a surprisingly good Our tester included radar control and Lexus’ Pre-Collision which prepares the car for an impending

We tested the latter but not the former.

An eight-speed automatic also standard on the GS 460, a byproduct of its powertrain with the mega-buck LS

What’s it look like?

The GS continues the theme introduced than a decade ago with subtle-but-shapely original GS 300. A greenhouse and tall tail it a more distinctly recognizable language than can be seen in any Lexus product; this GS is linked to its predecessors, while Lexus models seem to themselves with each

Quad headlamps first on the second-generation GS, but they have squared off for round three. detailed, they are wrapped in plastic and blend nicely the signature Lexus grille.

The five-spoke alloy wheels, in a light graphite shade, especially rich.

No, the GS isn’t as as Infiniti’s newest M and it’s not as as Germany’s BMW and Mercedes offerings, but it has a appearance that still to blend uptown sophistication simple style. We wish all sedans were this balanced.

And on the inside?

Here’s where the GS is to show its age. Conventional contrasts with the ever-complex configurations found in the rest of the Where rivals have screens and buttons galore, a GS (not our tester) features climate and audio controls.

the optional navigation package, standard – and rather – touch screen is added.

In fact, while the M practically brags about its the GS tucks away many of its switches in a stow-away bin just of the steering wheel. The mantra seems to be simple luxury.

think that the GS’ doesn’t look and feel however. Materials are top notch if a little conservative in their compared to rivals. A richly wood grain and a traditional headliner stand in contrast to the or suede finish exotic found elsewhere.

The more proportions give the GS’ status away, too. The roofline cuts deeply head room and rear ingress and egress. At least the outboard seats are comfortable and boasting aggressive bolsters and leather trim.

But does it go?

With less on tap than its V8 rivals, the GS 460 won’t win races. That hardly that it’s a slouch, its eight-speed automatic firing off shifts even when in standard mode.

By the numbers, the V8 out 342 horsepower at 6,200 rpm, but its 339 of torque peaks at a fairly low rpm. It’s also as an Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle, for ULEV II standards – a achievement for a V8 sedan.

The big V8 is a paragon of emitting a muffled but sensuous under hard acceleration but making itself known So, too, is the aforementioned transmission. gears might seem a lot, but the GS shuffles its way through with minimal fuss or

Sport mode – by slapping the shifter to the left turns up the wick and locks out gears.

Lexus GS460

Lexus puts 0-60 at 5.4 seconds and suggests that the mile comes by in just 14 seconds.

Further adding to the sublime performance is its ride. shock absorbers offer two modes, a comfort-oriented Normal and a well, Sport. Naturally, firms up the ride and reduces through corners, while features a more Lexus-traditional ride. Simply put, the GS was over even the most terrain we could find.

Its Yokohama rubber isolated and us, but made no enemies when we to drive more aggressively.

Not so the steering, which offers feel than the Mercedes-Benz but far less than BMW’s The GS is precise and and easy to control, but just short of being fun.

Fuel economy a big draw in this class, for the record, we averaged around 19 mpg in and saw as high as 26 mpg on highway journeys. a bit higher than the 17 mpg city and 24 mpg suggested by the EPA.

Why you would buy it:

Classy and refined, the GS is remarkably well.

Why you wouldn’t:

offerings from Germany and are more fun and more feature-laden.

bottom line

We expected to be to easily write off the GS 460 given its age and general aversion to enthusiastic But a week behind the wheel of the and capable GS revealed a surprisingly and enjoyable luxury sports For most buyers, its positive like its unflappable demeanor and refinement, will probably its technical and dynamic demerits.

it’s a veritable bargain in its makes it all the more appealing as a sports sedan.

2011 GS 460 base price, $54,470. As $60,490.

Luxury Value $2,945; Pre-Collision System and Cruise, $1,500; Rear $200; Intuitive parking $500; Destination, $875.

and photos by Andrew Ganz.

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