It’s all in the name…

Look on Lexus’ website for the GS sedan, and you won’t find any mention of the GS 200t. Yet, in my driveway, sits a 2017 Lexus with a chrome 200t badge affixed proudly to its trunk and printed clearly on its Monroney window sticker. So, what gives? Well, someone at Lexus’ marketing department must think “GS Turbo” sounds better, so most everything you’ll find online uses that nomenclature.

Making things even more confusing is the 2018 GS 300. Is it a new 3.0-liter engine in the GS? Nope Rather, Lexus decided to rename the GS Turbo (aka GS 200t) for the 2018 model year. It’s now called the GS 300, but it still comes with the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder found in the 2017 GS 200t. Lexus did the same renaming trick with the IS sedan, as well, moving it from the 2017 IS 200t to the 2018 IS 300, despite the IS 300 name already being used on the 2017 IS equipped with the V-6 AWD. Yeah…

But back to the GS. Besides the name, the GS 300’s only updates for 2018 include new 19-inch wheels and a complimentary 10-year subscription to Lexus Enform. Everything else – even down to the 241-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder – remains unchanged from 2017.

I’ll have several articles and a full, driven review of the 2017 Lexus GS 200t in the coming days, so stick around TopSpeed.com for that. For now, check out the growing list of Lexus GS articles below.

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2016 Lexus GS High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2017 Lexus GS.

2016 Lexus GS F High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2017 Lexus GS F.

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Is There a Difference Between the 2017 Lexus GS 200t and the 2018 Lexus GS 300? Interior
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The Lexus GS 200t’s Infotainment System is its Weak Point

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