The GS has a new, sleeker look, with sculpted lines, slingshot-shaped windows, a wider rear tread and a longer wheelbase. This aggressive design makes the GS appear closer to the ground than it actually is, adding to an overall sportier appearance. Integrated foglights and an exposed steel-tipped dual exhaust accent the revamped look.
The GS 430 comes equipped with 18 x 8.0-inch alloy wheels, combined with 245/40ZR18 tires. The GS 300 features 17 x 7.5-inch alloy wheels and 225/50VR tires, both standard. In addition to their sporty appearance, these lightweight wheels and performance tires allow for quicker steering and handle the road better. The Z speed rating for the GS 430 18-inch tires means that the tires are designed to accommodate speeds of over 149 mph.
The addition of a sixth gear, as well as electronically controlled intelligence, provides greater acceleration, fuel efficiency and virtually seamless shifting. Intelligence means that the GS actually learns your acceleration habits and adjusts its shifting timing accordingly. With the sequential-shifting feature, you can enhance performance by nudging the gearshift forward or backward.
The GS 300 is the first Lexus sedan to offer this feature. This full-time all wheel drive distributes power to all four wheels, contributing to improved traction and helping you to stay in control during foul-weather driving.
The GS 430 is equipped with high-friction front brake pads, which yield a higher coefficient of friction on the rotors. Specially designed for high-performance driving, these brakes also rapidly slow the GS for superior stopping performance. These high-friction brakes work in conjunction with the GS 430’s Electronically Controlled Brakes (ECB). When the ECB system and high-friction brake pads are activated, these ultra-sensitive performance brakes provide a faster braking response.