Lexus GS

Lexus GS refers to a series of the upper middle class of the Japanese manufacturer Lexus. It was introduced in the fall of 1991, first in Japan, then in the spring of 1993 in the USA and Europe. The GS is to close the gap between the Lexus IS and LS series.

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GS ( JZS147, 1991-1997)

Lexus GS 300 (1991-1997)

The body of the first generation was designed by Italdesign Giugiaro, and was introduced as the Toyota Aristo in October 1991 in the Japanese market.

There were two different 3.0-liter inline 6 - cylinder engines, one with a twin turbo offered. As of 1992, there was also a V8 engine with air suspension and all-wheel drive. There was also a four-wheel drive as an option. For export markets, only the normal 3.0 -liter engine was available.

The GS should fill the gap left by the LS after it was designed for the upper class.

GS ( JZS160, 1997-2005 )

Lexus GS (1997-2000)

The second generation GS was released in the summer of 1997 again as Toyota Aristo in Japan. The internal codes for these models are JZS160 JZS161 and. As engines two 3.0-liter inline 6 - cylinder was offered again. For the twin-turbo version of an electronic four-wheel steering and an automatic transmission with manual intervention was offered. All-wheel drive was not offered. The design was developed by Toyota itself.

The more powerful variant GS 400 with a V8 engine and 224 kW ( 305 hp) was offered for the U.S. market.

End of 2000, the GS has undergone a facelift. He got new taillights, a new grille and new headlights. Likewise headlights were introduced with xenon light. The interior has been reworked and received a navigation system with touch screen. The automatic transmission with manual intervention option was now available in the GS 300. The GS 430, a revised 400 has since offered also in Germany.

The GS was in the U.S. with the prices of Motor Trend: excellent Import Car of the Year for 1998 Car and Driver magazine 's Car and Driver Ten Best 1998-2000.

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Lexus GS (2000-2005)

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GS (GRS / GWS / CW, 2005-2011 )

Lexus GS 430 (2005-2009)

The third generation GS was introduced in early 2005 at the North American International Auto Show. It was introduced in April 2005 with the models GS 300 (code: GRS190 ) with a 3.0 -liter engine and direct petrol injection, and GS 430 (code: UZS190 ) with the familiar 4.3- liter V8. This generation has not been introduced in Japan as the Toyota Aristo, but also as a Lexus GS. Toyota wanted to offer under the same name, the model world.

On the New York International Auto Show 2005, GS variant was 450h (code: GWS191 ) presented with hybrid drive. This model was launched in 2006 to market. The drive consists of a 3.5- liter V6 petrol engine with combined direct and port injection and an electric motor. Connected both via a continuously variable transmission. It is used Toyotas Hybrid Synergy Drive technology. Due to the larger batteries a part of the trunk is lost.

The GS 450h weighs 1940 kg. He reached a top speed of 250 km / h and accelerates in 5.9 s from 0 to 100 km / h Consumption is given by Lexus currently with 7.7 liters. Unlike other hybrid vehicles like the Toyota Prius, the GS does not lower consumption in the city ( 9.3 l/100 km ) than on the long-distance (7.1 l/100 km).

Since May 2008, the new 4.6 -liter V8 with 255 kW DualVVT -ie ( 347 HP), 460 Nm torque and 8- speed automatic transmission in the new GS 460 is available. The GS 460 also received a subtle facelift in early 2009 ( enlarged sections of the main beam headlights as well as altered webs on the lower air intakes ) and replaced the GS 430

The end of 2011 the production of these GS- series ran from.

Lexus GS 450h (2009-2011)



  • The Lexus Hybrid Drive system of the Lexus GS 450h has received the Paul Pietsch Prize for Advanced Technology in 2007. The prize is awarded by Auto Motor und Sport.
  • The Lexus GS 450h received the IF product design award 2007.
  • He got the Auto 1 of Europe - price auto image as best sedan.

GS ( GRL1/GWL1, since 2012 )

Lexus GS 450h (since 2012)

In August 2011, the fourth-generation GS was introduced in version 350 with all-wheel drive in California.

At the IAA in 2011 was followed by the presentation of the 450h hybrid - engine variant. As another engine variant also a GS 250 is offered with a 2.5-liter V6 engine.

The launch of the Lexus GS fourth generation in Europe on 16 June 2012.

The GS 300h is since January 11, 2014, an additional hybrid version available that has the drive train of the IS 300h.


Customer satisfaction, recall and service actions

Lexus had the most satisfied customers in Germany in 2011. This satisfaction is also achieved by a comprehensive aftermarket service.

In October 2010, Toyota launched two recalls for the GS 300, the second and third generations. In Germany, this related to 1,270 vehicles from the construction period September 28, 2004 until 28 February 2006, in which the internal electrical connection of the fuel pump must be replaced. The second recall concerns vehicles from the construction period September 28, 2004 and 9 December 2005, in which the rear seal of the master cylinder (secondary seal ) is affected.