Review of Lexus GS 460
And one might say the same about removing a $ 134,900 luxury car from the comfort of North Shore roads or highways stretching between weekends and commuting. It comes, in all places, a race track.
But last week, I met East Creek Raceway in the charming new GS GS 460, the first Australian car to drive one.
And I was surprised to find it quickly adapting to what initially seemed like a strange setting. Beneath the guise of elegance and prestige, also known as the bodywork, houses a refined 4.6-liter V8 engine. 460 replaced the previous GS 430, adding 300 cc to the mix. This means the facelift GS can extract an additional 47kW and 43Nm of torque from the engine, with an impressive 255kW textbook and 460Nm of torque.
This number alone is reasonably enough to excite you in meeting V8 performance expectations. But with a quieter nature and a more conservative appearance, I don’t expect it to be poised and interesting as proved.
When I got to the track, I quickly put on my helmet and jumped into the passenger seat as my guide for the day, four-time Australian champion and 20-year racing veteran, John Bowe, showing me. racetrack.
From the passenger seat, it’s a smooth ride when Bowe throws it quickly into corners and reaches even faster speeds on a straight line. Then it was my turn to play. Set foot on the accelerator has responded quickly, its official time from 0 to 100km / h is 5.8 seconds. Strike straight, and with some encouragement from my pilot colleague, shortly after I reached 200km / h, the GS 460 responded in a controlled but thrilling way.
The Lexus works well on demand every turn and gets out of them without a hitch – very nimble around the bends. Most of the shots hit hard at 6400 rpm and it didn’t take long for the rotation to increase.
Looking at the car, and even when racing, it’s easy to imagine that the soundtrack for this model will be like Beethoven, with METICA riffs being thrown occasionally to remind you that it knows how to solve. free its inner devil launcher.
After a few laps, I strangely noticed a cold breeze blowing through my jeans from the seat.
A little concerned, I quickly asked what the problem was, just saying that as with the heating that you expect in such cars, it also has a cooling function on the machine.
So, with my feet at comfortable temperatures, my back and rear fitted with sophisticated suspension and a new eight-speed automatic transmission for spreading ratio, the luxury car did its best. to show my sporty personality.
With the stability control turned on, it comes into operation at some angles, though it has no way of intruding, while quickly fixing your lines and keeping you straight and narrow.
There’s paddles on the steering wheel for true racing enthusiasts but the auto mode also works well. The GS 460, along with other models in the range, has a number of new styling cues as well as updated engines, giving it a stronger stance. It has a new grille, lower air intakes and the front and rear bumpers had some work. That’s not a big change, but enough to give it some added style.
The mirrors and door handles are handled, and the wheels are new five-spoke alloys. It is not just appearance. All changes provide an aerodynamic advantage and reduce wind noise.
To end my afternoon, it returned to the role of the passenger when Bowe took me on some of the last hot laps of the track. This time, there was no restraint when he quickly exceeded my 200km / h screen. He pushed the car to the limit, showing what it was capable of in the hands of an expert. So, if one tries to make tires squeak and demand speed out of the comfort zone of the GS 460, it’s nice to know that it’s a challenge.