Review of 2008 Lexus GS460: snap shot
Blurred by the best-selling, larger, IS-equipped IS vehicle, Lexus’s lavish, Lexus attention has been directed to the GS.
A revised GS range has just been announced at the Detroit Motor Show and arrived here on time for the Melbourne Motor Show.
The big changes lie under the skin, though the car gets a light cosmetic makeup.
The big news is that the GS flagship has a 4.6-liter V8 engine similar to the flagship LS sedan. GS460 develops 255kW at 6400 revolutions and 460Nm at 4100 revolutions. It is 47kW and 43Nm more than the 4.34 GS430, which it replaces.
GS300 and GS450h carry over.
Lexus Australia chief executive John Roca says the power boost brings a level that matches the performance of the GS450h.
However, compared to the LS460, the power and torque decrease in the GS460 because it misses the LS’s direct injection system.
The V8 doesn’t share the eight-speed automatic transmission with the LS, being lighter and more compact in the GS than the six-speed automatic transmission it replaces.
Despite the reduced capacity, 4.6 liters in the GS do not slip, reaching 100km / h in 5.8 seconds and reaching a top speed of 240km / h.
Roca said that in addition to the improved engine, this car also has some minor visual adjustments.
On the outside there is a chrome grille surround, new integrated indicators in the door mirrors and new alloys.
Both bumpers have been redesigned.
The GS 450h gains some stylish cues from other Lexus hybrids, involving badges and blue hybrid highlights.
Inside, the audio and phone controls on the steering wheel have been modified and the launch and refueling releases have been moved outside the drop-down switch module.
All models now have an input jack for mobile music players.
For added security, the doors with automatic locking function are activated when the vehicle is moving.
Roca said GS sales were stalled last year, in part because the car was in expired mode.
We will focus on improving GS’s market share this year, he said.
GS sales were down 21% last year, compared to 2006, while Lexus total sales increased by 14.5%.
IS250 is still the best-selling product in the range, accounting for about half of sales.
GS price is expected to be decided next month.
Roca hopes to keep prices at current levels. That means the GS300 sport entry should be close to $ 95,000 and the new 4.6-liter GS460 V8 engine will be around $ 138,000.