Lexus GS

Lexus GS

The current generationLexus GS has been around for quite awhile with its sales starting way back in 2006, so to say that the luxury car was due for a little refresh is a bit of an understatement. This is especially true considering the competition is heating up with the upgraded Mercedes E-Class and the BMW 5-Series . Alas, the car gods have spoken and test mules for the next generation GS have been spotted. The new Lexus GS will be launched in 2012 and will, for the first time, get a GS-F version.

The 2012 GS will be built on a brand new platform which will be sportier and more efficient. The engine line-up will include a new V6 engine and a 3.5 liter engine that will replace the current 4.6-liter V-8. A hybrid version has also been confirmed.

As for the GS-F version, it won’t getthe same 4.8 Liter V10 engine as the LF-A. Instead Lexus will offer an upgraded version of the 5.0-liter V-8 from the IS-F, developing around 450 HP. It will also get a torque vectoring differential on the rear axle and a weight reduction thanks to the use of carbon-fiber. The GS-F will go on sale in 2013.

Here we go again. With seemingly no end in sight to its recall woes, Toyota has announced that a number of their Lexus models have been found to have faulty engines will be subjected to another round of recalls. We’re only half past 2010, but the number of recalls that Toyota has been forced to issue has been staggering, even bordering on ridiculous.

In this latest round of recalls, Toyota announced that over 138,000 Lexus vehicles that have the following engines - 3.5- liter V6, 4.6 V8 and 5.0 V8 – are being recalled because of a potential foreign object within the engine that could lead to contamination of a number of the engine’s valve springs. Models that are affected include the 2006 – 2008 GS , IS , and LS models.

In a statement issued by Lexus regarding the problem, Lexus emphasized that the defect only has a remote possibility of occurring. “If a vehicle is affected, there is a remote possibility that abnormal engine noise or idling may occur. In extremely rare instances, the engine may stop while the vehicle is in operation," the company said.

Either way, Lexus isn’t taking any chances and they wouldn’t advise owners to ignore the potential problem. So, any owner of these models are all requested to have their engine valve springs fixed so as not to make things worse for the owner and the company.

Source: Lexus

The Lexus GS luxury sedan enters the 2010 model year, in three version - GS 350 RWD, GS 350 AWD and GS 460 RWD. Next to all the latest technologies, the GS is also offered with new exterior colors: Deep Sea Mica replaces Black Sapphire Pearl and Satin Cashmere Metallic replaces Golden Almond Metallic. In addition, Parchment leather interior takes the place of Cashmere. Prices start at $45,600 and go up to $54,070.

TGS 350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 303 hp at 6,200 rpm and 274 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 3,600 rpm. The GS 460 gets a V8 that produces 342 hp at 6,400 rpm and 339 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 4,100 rpm. The GS 460 can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds and the GS 350 in 5.7 (5.8 for AWD).

At front the 2010 GS gets a sloped, vertical grille surrounded by four independent headlamps visually connects the current GS sedans with the previous-generation models while signaling the brand’s design progression. The lower valance features integrated fog lamps, and a low 0.27 coefficient of drag (Cd) helps to minimize wind noise and maximize highway fuel efficiency.

Press release after the jump.

Despite the recent credit crunch and new car sales falling by the wayside the muscle car day are back, in more ways then you think. In the 1960s it was American automakers pulling their most powerful engines and installing them in smaller vehicles to create and fun factory built hot rod. And while U.S. car builders have come back with models like the Camaro SS and Shelby Shelby GT500, but it looks like things are taking shape across the Pacific as well. It turns out that the one cancelled F tuned version of the Lexus GS luxury sedan has just received a new lease on life, much like the IS-F a GS-F will receive a high output power plant exotic to that chassis and be beefed up everywhere else to accommodate the extra ponies. The Lexus GS Lexus GS -F high performance four door will compete with models like Audi RS6, BMW M5, Cadillac CTS-V and Mercedes E63 AMG.

Lexus LFA at the 2009 SEMA Show

The Japanese magazine Best Car is speculating that a future Lexus GS-F will be powered by the same 4.8 Liter V10 piston pumper that can be found under the hood of the current Lexus LF-A super car. With a V8 being the largest engine offered in the current Lexus GS, a ten cylinder is next logical step, cranking out 553 HP and 354 lb-ft of torque from the 1LR-GUE, a 550 HP sport sedan sounds quite fun, however Toyota Toyota is going to have to shed a considerable amount of weight from the Lexus in order to work well with considerably less torque. However they know what they are doing, taking a decade to develop the LF-A, and we are sure that they have already taken that into consideration.

Source: Carscoop

The second customized Lexus to be presented by Toyota Racing Development at SEMA Show is a GS 350 sedan with F-Sport package. The customization program includes an F-Sport lowering spring set and F-Sport performance brakes to increase the car’s performance.

On the exterior a four-piece ground effects kit and grille insert by Five Axis and a three-stage Vibrance Orange Glow candy paint job. The car sits on F-Sport 19-inch forged aluminum wheels with Yokohama Advan Sport Ultra-high Performance tires.

Press release after the jump.

Auto shows are the perfect place for an car builder to get a feel for the market by showing off the best of what they have to offer and then judge how far the hoards of automotive enthusiasts’ jaw are hanging from the floor as they stare up at these beauties on a pedestal. So aside from the Lexus LF Ch concept that we teased you with yesterday, the Japanese luxury automaker will also bring a few other new faces to the Frankfurt Motor Show in the form of a LS , a GS , an IS , and the almighty IS-F models fresh off the operating table.

Lexus will bring the new LS600h, GS450h and IS250 F-Sport to Frankfurt

The new LS600h will feature updates to the exterior as well as the desing of the interior with a new seating configuration, significantly updated equipment and enhanced driving dynamics. The 2010 GS model range features enhanced safety features, new exterior and interior colours while the GS 450h’s status as the model range flagship has now been further reinforced through several bespoke styling cues. The gas/electric Lexus GS450h remains the world’s only full hybrid model in the premium mid-size segment.

For the more compact IS model range, Lexus has added a few new features in the form of navigation and audio, two must have items for a desirable luxury car. The Japanese automaker is also offering a new F Sport trim package and the revised Lexus IS-F high performance sports sedan now comes equipped with a Limited Slip Differential. Although we are still waiting to see some more about the Evolution .

Stay tuned, will get back with more details soon.

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Here at Top Speed we are about more than just stripped down high performance racers, despite the name we too are suckers for a little luxury, especially when it comes at a reasonable price. It turns out that our Verdigris Mica Lexus GS 350 was one of the best sedans we have driven in a long time. This Lexus sports coupe is equipped with a level of performance and comfort that is currently unmatched by any other automaker offering a product in the same price category.

Lexus GS350

At just over $45,000, the Lexus GS 350 is a lot of car for the money, being both luxurious and stylish inside and out. The body is adorned with an attractive fast back roof line and comes with upscale details like HID headlamps and chrome accents on the exterior while rolling around on a set of fashionable 17 inch rims. On the inside, the Lexus features elegant wood trim and soft leather wrapped seats, shifter and steering wheel as well as a very forward thinking 7 inch touch screen display.

Our GS 350 is powered by a 3.5 Liter V6 that sends 303 HP straight to the rear wheels through a fuel efficient electronically controlled transmission that when combined with direct gasoline injection and continuously variable valve timing with intelligence gets 19 MPG in the city and 27 MPG on the highway. Either way you look at it, the GS 350 provides its owners with a very complete luxury vehicle experience.

Lexus announced at the Chicago Auto Show that the F-Sport Performance Accessories line has been expanded to GS sports sedan , IS AWD and the upcoming IS convertible .

Lexus F-Sport Accessories for GS, IS C and IS AWD

These F-Sport accessories (think BMW’s M division) will include performance enhancing parts such as forged alloy wheels, brake upgrades, suspension systems, air intake, exhaust systems and more. Parts for these new models will be available as early as June 1, 2009.

Full parts breakdown in the press release after the jump.

The SEMA Show in Las Vegas is all about customized cars. So, this is the place where Lexus want to show off its factory-customized F-line cars based on the IS and GS lines.

The featured car will be the new GS 460, which was customized further by Five Axis. The IS-F will have four customized projects: Fox Marketing/Artisan Performance, Import Tuner Magazine/TEIN Suspension, 0-60 Magazine, MotorworldHype.

Press release after the jump.

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Lexus IS-F

Lexus Performance Driving Academy announced today the dates and locations for 2008. These are: May 9 – 11 on Autobahn Circuit, May 30 - June 1 on Auto Club Speedway, June 27 - 29, 2008 on Summit Point Motorsports Park and July 11 – 13 on Atlanta Motor Speedway.

For those who want to drive the IS250, IS350, GS460, GS450h and the IS F, Lexus offers basic sessions on Saturday and Sunday. The Japanese manufacturer offers these lessons for free but if you want to upgrade to the "Ultimate" session that puts you at the wheel of the IS F for half a day and which costs $295.

For those who don’t know the Lexus IS F is powered by an engine capable of developing 416 hp while the sprint from 0-100 km/h is made in under 5 seconds. The IS F represents the response from Lexus to the Bmw M3 Sedan and Mercedes C63 AMG .

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