The History of Lexus Gs430

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The History Of Lexus Gs430

The GS is a series of mid-size luxury sedans / executive cars by Lexus since 1993. to fill the gap between the ES and LS, and to provide with a sports sedan to in the mid-size class, three of the GS have been produced to The first GS, based on the platform and gear of the Toyota Crown, was in 1993 in the United States, and selected markets in Asia.

The generation model premiered in using a new platform and adding a V8 for the first time outside The current third generation GS, premiered globally for the 2006 year, comes in both V6, V8, and versions, the latter known as the GS performance hybrid.

In Japan, the Toyota Aristo, which in 1991, was sold until the of the Lexus marque and the third GS in 2005. Following the debut of the generation GS in Japan, the Aristo was Though largely identical in and interior design, first two of the GS and the Aristo differed in their and transmission combinations as well as packages.

Competitors to the Lexus GS the BMW 5-Series and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

a body styled by the famous Giugiaro firm, the Aristo was in October 1991, offering two powered versions for the Japanese the 3.0Q and 3.0V. The 3.0Q featured a 2JZ-GE engine produced 226hp (169kW). The Aristo was equipped with a twin-turbo 2JZ-GTE engine produced 276hp (205kW).

twin-turbo engine was the same as be found in the Toyota Supra Mk IV In 1992, a third model, the 4.0Zi-Four (codename UZS143), the Aristo lineup. This came with standard drive and a 250 hp (186 kW) 1UZ-FE This V8 had also been in the first generation Lexus LS and the Crown Majesta. The Aristo/GS were equipped with an double-wishbone suspension setup.

The engine available for the export was the 2JZ-GE inline-6.

Production of the GS 300 (JZS147) began on February 22, at the Tahara, Japan assembly At the time, the GS represented the latest of Tahara production technology, only eight spot performed by hand. The rest, 4,200 welds, were by robots.

Italdesign Giugiaro’s exterior blended elements of the original LS and SC performance coupe in a rounded, shape, complementing the rest of the lineup. The vehicle adopted a shape with high decklid, and longer and wider than competing vehicles. The shape of the original GS produced a coefficient of Cd 0.31.

Offered schemes included single-tone and body finishes, along dual-tone schemes.

As Lexus’ rear-wheel drive sports the GS exceeded the front-wheel drive ES sedan in power and available The 3.0 liter 2JZ-GE inline-6 up to 226hp (169kW) and 210lb·ft of torque served as the powerplant. to reviewer testing, 0-60 times for the GS 300 were clocked at over nine seconds.

For the the GS 300 featured walnut wood on the center console, leather an automatic tilt-and-telescoping steering and the option of a Nakamichi premium system. Driver and front airbags were standard. A remote 12-CD auto and traction control (TRAC) options.

In 1996, the four-speed transmission was replaced with a automatic.

The GS was intended to take the position of the original LS 400 flagship, had moved upmarket since its launch. By the time of the GS 300’s the $35,000 initial base of the LS had climbed to $47,000. The GS 300 carried an manufacturer’s suggested U.S. price of $37,930 at its debut. sales of the GS 300 were modest, 1993 seeing the greatest at 19,164 sold that

Sales dropped in later as the Japanese yen rose in value the dollar and made the vehicle expensive than its rivals. more powerful V8 sport provided stiff competition. By the price of the GS 300 had risen to $46,195.

of the first generation GS sedan in 1997.

In 1998, the second Aristo was launched in Japan, JZS160 for models with the engines and JZS161 for those the 2JZ-GTE twin-turbo engines. was now standard, resulting in a bump in The twin-turbo version was available electronic four-wheel steering, VDC and an gearbox with a manual mode.

No four-wheel drive models offered. The new model’s styling was in-house, and featured quadruple in a fashion similar to the Lexus SC The drag coefficient was Cd 0.30.

electroluminiscent Lexus Optitron were offered for the first along with an upgraded system.

The GS began production in the body style on August 4, and was officially launched in 1998. customer requests for more the American market GS 400 was equipped a UZ-series V8 that produced 300 hp kW) and 310ft·lbf (420N·m) of torque. reported a 0-60 time of 5.4 for the 3693-pound sedan.

The GS 300 was also once again and featured a revised version of the last 3.0 L inline-6 now producing 228 hp (168 kW) and 225 N·m) of torque. The GS 300 was quoted a 7.6 second 0-60 time by Both models featured a automatic with the GS 400 receiving wheel shift buttons. no turbo models were outside Japan.

The 0-60 of the GS 400 prompted Lexus to claim the GS was the world’s fastest production

Lexus promoted the arrival of the generation GS sedan with the Something Wicked This Way Compared to its predecessor, the second GS sedan was a much bigger with sales reaching vehicles in its first year, in the second, and stabilizing at 28,079 by 2000. The U.S. base for the GS 300 and GS 430 averaged approximately $38,000 and respectively.

The success of the GS sedan Lexus to keep the vehicle in its for over eight years.

The model cycle was the only with any major changes in the generation GS. New clear tail with turn signal were added to the trunk as well as a slightly revised and very subtly tinted on the front end. Xenon discharge headlights were now on the V8 and optional on the I6. Inside, more trim was added, and steering shift buttons were now featured on the GS 300.

In 2001, the V8 received a 0.3 liter bump in and the model was renamed GS 430. horsepower was unchanged, but torque to 325ft·lbf (441N·m).

In 2001, Lexus also a limited production GS 300 SportDesign featuring the sport suspension the GS 430, wider 225/55VR-16 Pilot HX tires, and polished wheels. The SportDesign interior perforated leather upholstery with brushed aluminum and stained walnut trim. For 2001, production of the GS 300 SportDesign was to a fun of 3,300 units (vs. annual GS sales annually).

of the limited model occurred 2005.

The GS was Motor Trend’s Car of the Year for 1998. It also Car and Driver magazine’s Ten Best for 1998 through 2000.

The generation GS was first introduced as a model at the 2005 North International Auto Show. The model lineup included the GS 300 with a 3.0L V6 3GR-FSE and the GS 430 (UZS190), with the same V8 used in the previous model. The GS 300 a direct-injection engine for all markets for Continental Asia, excluding

The 3.0 L engine was also found in the Mark X as well as the Zero Crown. An all-wheel drive was made available in the GS 300, becoming the first Lexus to offer an all-wheel drive Production of the third generation on January 24, 2005.

The equivalent was not released as Toyota sought to all world markets, including using Lexus as their brand worldwide.

The third GS is the introductory Lexus model for the new L-finesse design philosophy. by swooping lines, a fastback and more muscular styling, the GS the future direction of the Lexus The slingshot cabin on the GS was first on the earlier Lexus LF-S

The drag coefficient on the third GS design reached Cd 0.27. The GS also were the first to the latest generation of Lexus’ keyless system–-adding a push-button for the first time. Other features include a driver-side panel for infrequently used a standard touchscreen display in the console, LED lighting in the cabin, and technology.

A Mark Levinson sound system is optional. to the Lexus GS series, each features an electrochromic instrument which adjusts for the amount of sunlight.

The GS 350 (GRS191), using the 3.5 L 2GR-FSE replaced the GS 300 for the 2007 model Due to a change in SAE testing procedures, the GS 430horsepower (320kW) rating was to 290 (with 319ft·lbf (433N·m). of while the V6-powered GS 350 was rated at 303 hp 274ft·lbf (371N·m). of torque). reports 0-60 times of 5.7 for both vehicles.

A 4.6 L GS 460 (URS191) the GS 430 for the 2008 model year. with a new 4.6 L 1UR-FE engine 342 hp (with 339ft·lbf (460N·m). of the GS 460 also added an 8-speed transmission. Lexus reports a time of 5.4 seconds for the GS 460.

with the introduction of the GS 460, the GS received an exterior refresh, a revised front bumper, and grille, turn signals to the side mirrors, and new wheel and exterior colors. Inside the the GS received a redesigned steering revised instrument cluster and different trim pieces.

with the hybrid GS 450h and GS 430 models, the V8-powered GS 460 offers the Stabilizer Suspension System for handling. Also, for 2008, the GS350 now offers VDIM Dynamics Integrated Management), was previously offered only on V8 and models. AVS (Adaptive Variable is now an option on the V6 model as well.

In Consumer Reports dropped from 1st to 5th in their predicted survey. The magazine blamed the first-year GS in the all-wheel-drive form, had problems in integrity, body and sound system, as the sole for the slip. Despite the reliability among 2006 GS models, the earned a Recommended rating Consumer Reports for vehicle and overall value for that

However, the problems have been solved, and the GS AWD is now average.

In the the GS 350 begins at $44,150, while the GS 460 at $52,620.

GS 450h

Unveiled at the New York International Auto the hybrid GS 450h (GWS191) the GS line for the 2007 model It is the first mass-production rear-wheel luxury hybrid car. Its includes a naturally-aspirated 3.5 L 2GR-FSE V6 mated to an electric motor and a variable transmission. This makes use of the Lexus Hybrid system of integrating electric and engine motors.

The GS 450h has a Super Ultra Low Vehicle emissions rating and an (including delivery) of $55,595. In markets, however, the car can only be with at least one option which raises the price by thousand dollars. The rear-mounted also consumes significant space, which was improved in when Lexus redesigned the area to increase space by percent (30 liters larger).

The GS is among the first Lexus to receive the Driver Monitoring in certain markets. This system features an infrared wheel mounted camera monitors driver attentiveness, an alarm if danger ahead is and the driver is not paying attention.

The GS weighs 1875 kg (4134 but the combined hybrid powertrain 339 hp (253 kW), allowing the GS to to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 5.2 seconds. compared to the GS 5.4 seconds. U.S. Environmental Agency-rated highway fuel is 25 mpg (8.4 l/100 km), the city fuel economy is at 22 mpg, which is slightly for hybrid vehicles of this (as they normally have city fuel economy

75 Neiman Marcus Edition GS sedans were offered as the holiday catalog car at a price of All were sold in less three hours on October 19, and were delivered around 2006. The GS 450h went on in Japan on March 16, 2006.

journalist Jeremy Clarkson, a critic of hybrid vehicles and the Prius especially, admitted he the GS 450h. After claiming you spent most of the time on the chewing a lot of fuel and making a statement, he described with the I drove up and down Piccadilly all It was great. He also felt the GS 450h was balanced nicely by the the quality and the sense that you are in something a little bit different.

also positively referred to the of a hybrid car being exempt the London congestion charge a £10 one off administration fee to register it).

The Lexus is now being used by the Police Constabulary in England as an police car.

GS F

Lexus is on a high performance Lexus GS F, the model in its current F marque joining its younger sibling, the IS F in the 2012 model year, with the redesigned Lexus GS. The if approved, will potentially be by the high performance V-10 to be into the Lexus LF-A supercar, producing over (370kW).

J.D. Power and named the GS series the best luxury car in initial quality for 2003, 2004, and 2005.

AAA the third generation GS 300 the best car in its for 2005.

Consumer Reports the Lexus GS as the highest ranked in predicted reliability in the luxury car in 2005.

The GS 450h’s Lexus Drive system was the recipient of the Paul Pietsch Prize for Technology in 2007, awarded by editors of Auto Motor Und publications.

The Lexus GS 450h was the winner of the 2007 IF product award from the International Design group in Hannover,

German automotive magazine Bild selected the GS 450h for its 1 award for best sedan in

Smart Money magazine the Lexus GS the best luxury for the 2003-2004 model year. In the magazine named the GS its Best New Car

The GS series was named most midsize luxury car by J.D. and Associates in 2001.

The first GS series was named to the Top Ten in Initial list by J.D. Power and in 1994.

Kelley Blue gave the GS series its Best to Value Award in 1998, 2000, and 2001.

The second GS was named Import Car of the Year by Trend in 1998.

Car and Driver the second generation GS to its Ten Best in 1998, 1999, and 2000.

and sales data for Lexus GS are as follows. Production figures are not yet for 2006 onward. Sourced manufacturer production information, with sales data.

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