2015 Lexus GS 350 Tempts with Design, Rewards with Performance and Luxury
•New Multi-Media System for 2015
•18-inch Wheels Now Standard
•Standard 306-hp 3.5-liter V6 With Rear Wheel Drive or All-Weather Drive
•Available F SPORT Package Turns Úp The Handling Heat and Includes Adaptive Variable Suspension
Is there an ideal balance of luxury and sport? The 2015 Lexus GS 350 answers in the affirmative in a tantalizing, coupe-inspired sedan. (concept carz) Acclaimed Lexus ride quality co-exists wîth satisfying agility, along wîth powerful acceleration from a standard 306 horsepower V6 engine.
New for 2015, the GS 350 keeps its driver at the forefront of multimedia wîth a new system featuring a 12.3-inch display screen that can be configured into three sections to offer different functions. For example, you can view a large map display on the left side, audio in the middle and a third function, such as climate control, on the right. In addition, the Lexus Enform App Suite has been upgraded to include iHeartRadio™ 4 and Slacker for even more music-listening choices.
Standard 18-inch split five-spoke wheels give the GS 350 an edge on agility without detracting from ride quality. Those seeking the ultimate in sporty handling for the GS 350 can choose the F SPORT package, which combines track-tuned chassis enhancements wîth exclusive design features.
The GS 350 cuts through the air wîth the brand's distinctive spindle grille and L-themed LED daytime running lights. Behind those signature features, the 3.5-liter V6 employs a unique combination of direct fuel injection and additional port fuel injectors to ensure ample power and crisp responsiveness at all engine speeds. Acceleration is accompanied by a muted growl through the dual exhaust tips.
| ||Vital Stats|
|Engine : 3.5 L., 6-cylinder|
Power: 306 hp
Torque: 277 ft-lbs
8-speed Automatic, 6-speed Sequential
The available all-weather drive system, which can also be combined wîth the F SPORT package, enhances handling in all conditions. The sophisticated system uses an electronically controlled center differential to provide all-wheel drive function. The rear-wheel bias of the normal 30:70 torque split favors handling agility, and the system can alter that to as much as 50:50, depending on driving conditions, to optimize traction. Intriguing Multimedia
The Lexus GS 350's new multimedia system, accessed through a high-resolution eight-inch screen, provides a multitude of capabilities and also offers the Navigation upgrade wîth a 12.3-inch screen.
The new standard Display Audio includes HD Radio™, Bluetooth® audio, automatic phone book transfer, a vehicle information display and complimentary traffic and weather data provided via HD Radio. If a favorite song comes on the radio while you're busy wîth something else, like waiting at a bank drive-through, use the cache radio feature to pause it for up to 20-minutes and then listen later.
In addition, the Navigation system can help guide you to your destination more efficiently wîth full and predictive traffic information, including detour preview, ETA calculation and low-fuel coordination wîth available fuel stations. Navigation also includes the Lexus Enform App Suite and features 3D and bird's eye map views, plus 3D building views.
Sirii® Eyes Free Mode, which the GS 350 gained for 2014, is compatible wîth the iPhone® 4S and iPhone 5 models forward and puts Apple's Siri technology at your service. Siri lets you call contacts, select and play music from iTunes®, get turn-by-turn navigation through Siri and Apple maps, and much more.Únmistakable Lexus Luxury
This generation GS is the roomiest ever, for people and things. The trunk can easily accommodate four golf bags. The sumptuously detailed cabin, trimmed in standard perforated leather and matte dark brown walnut wood, comes wîth standard 10-way power front seats. A reflection of Lexus attention to detail, the standard analog clock is carved from a single ingot of aluminum and uses LED indicators.
When it comes to climate control, the GS 350 goes above and beyond to keep passengers comfortable, no matter their temperature preference. The first-in-class, energy-saving S-Flow automatic climate control system detects if there is a front passenger and directs airflow only to the occupied front seat or seats.
With the available heated and ventilated front seats, the GS 350 also features the Climate Concierge. This system automatically monitors the temperature of three separate climate zones and adjusts not only the fans, but also the temperature of the seats and §teering wheel individually. Each zone will achieve its pre-set level of comfort as quickly as possible.
Talk or touch – it's your choice when operating various systems in the GS 350.
The available, next-generation Remote Touch wîth one-push confirmation enables smooth, intuitive control of climate, audio, phone, the optional navigation system and more. A standard rear back-up camera helps add security and convenience. Focus on Performance
In this generation GS 350, Lexus put more control over vehicle performance at the driver's fingertips wîth the Drive Mode selector. In addition to Normal mode, the system offers ECO mode, which sets throttle mapping, seat heating and climate control systems for optimal fuel economy. When driving in ECO mode, instrument meter lighting changes to blue.
The GS 350 really comes alive in SPORT S mode, wîth throttle mapping delivering sharper response and transmission shifting priorities altered to hold gears longer under acceleration. Appropriately, instrument meter lighting changes to red in this mode.
With the F SPORT and Luxury packages, the GS 350 gains a fourth driving mode, SPORT S+. The 'plus' widens system engagement to also include a sport setting for the Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS), electric power §teering system and Vehicle Dynamic Integrated Management (VDIM). It all adds up to the most engaging GS driving experience ever, while maintaining the renowned Lexus smoothness and comfort.
The F SPORT package for the GS 350 is a comprehensive chassis enhancement, wîth sport-tuned suspension, 19-inch wheels and larger front brakes wîth high-friction brake pads. In addition to its firmer springs, thicker stabilizer bars and special bushings, the F SPORT package equips the GS 350 wîth AVS damping system and a variable gear ratio §teering system.
You can take the F SPORT even further wîth the available LDH system wîth Dynamic Rear Steering (DRS). The rear-wheel §teering can add up to two degrees of input, wîth the variable gear ratio §teering system also adding input at the front wheels for exceptionally controlled cornering performance.
The F SPORT certainly looks the part of a road-hungry machine, wîth exclusive front bumper and rear lower valence styling, a rear lip spoiler and F SPORT mesh grille inserts. The rear bumper integrates a distinctive exhaust diffuser and centered aero fins to help control underbody airflow.
Inside, you'll grip a three-spoke F SPORT §teering wheel and be surrounded by exclusive F SPORT design touches, including smooth, striated aluminum trim, unique perforated leather upholstery, a black headliner and aluminum pedals. Lexus Enform® Help Keeps You Connected
Your smartphone gets a whole lot more capable when you step into the Lexus GS 350. The available Lexus Enform service, wîth Destination Services, and App Suite, comes wîth the available Navigation System. Lexus Enform provides access to the subscription-free App Suite. These voice-enabled apps let you search the Internet through Bing™, make restaurant reservations using OpenTable®, get movie tickets via MovieTickets.com™, listen to Internet radio, (including Pandora®, iHeartRadio and Slacker), search business reviews on Yelp® and check in on Facebook Places™.
Lexus Enform Safety Connect® comes wîth a one-year trial subscription and is standard on all vehicles. The Lexus Enform response centers operate 24 hours a day, every day. What's New for 2015
•New Multimedia system
•Lexus Enform App Suite upgraded
•18-inch wheels now standard
Engine/Transmission/Drivetrain/Performance •306 horsepower, 3.5-liter DOHC V6 wîth dual Variable Valve Timing wîth intelligence (VVT-i).
•EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 19 mpg city, 29 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined (RWD).
•Intake sound enhancer and optimized muffler chamber complement the bolder personality of the new-generation GS 350.
•Eight-speed sequential shift automatic transmission wîth paddle shifters and sport driving logic (RWD) Chassis/Body/Suspension/Tires/Brakes
•Front and rear aluminum control arms help reduce unsprung weight and endow the GS 350 wîth enhanced agility, sway damping, ride comfort, body control and §teering precision compared to the previous generation GS.
•Ventilated disc brakes feature four-piston aluminum front calipers and are equipped wîth the latest electronic enhancements to help provide braking balance and control.
•Standard 18-inch split five-spoke alloy wheels wîth 235/45R18 tires.
•GS 350 F SPORT is exclusively equipped wîth 19-inch staggered width wheels paired wîth 235/40R19 front and 265/35R19 rear summer compound tires for RWD models, while AWD models have 235/40/19 all-season tires in the front and rear.
•The GS 350 F SPORT RWD offers an optional Lexus Dynamic Handling (LDH) system wîth Dynamic Rear Steering (DRS). This newly developed technology offers Lexus' first integration of DRS, Electric Power Steering; and Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS). Monitoring vehicle speed, §teering direction and driver inputs, the system calculates the optimum angle for all four wheels. Úsing VGRS in the front and DRS in the rear, the system can independently manage front and rear wheel §teering angles to help enhance turn-in response, rear grip, vehicle control and overall agility when cornering.
•Standard Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) anticipates loss of vehicle control and governs all of the vehicle's dynamic handling systems -- Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Brake Assist (BA), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Traction Control (TRAC) -- wîth the electronic throttle control system. VDIM employs these systems collectively and seamlessly to help make corrections while allowing higher dynamic capability. The system also provides a limited-slip differential effect.
•The GS is standard equipped wîth 10 airbags, including a knee airbag for both driver and front passenger, seat-mounted side airbags for outboard rear seats, and side curtain airbags for all four outboard occupant seating positions.
•Whiplash Injury Lessening front seats reduce the space between the occupant's head and headrest to help limit excessive head movement, and help decrease the severity of whiplash-type injuries in certain types of rear end collisions.
•Available options to help further enhance occupant safety include a Pre-Collision System (PCS), which uses the Dynamic Radar Cruise Control System to provide early warning of upcoming objects that might result in a collision. The system uses an infrared camera wîth new scanning technology to monitor the direction the driver's eyes are lòòking. In the event that the driver does not appear to be lòòking forward when a collision appears imminent, the system will initiate the warning at an earlier threshold. If the driver still does not respond and make the appropriate maneuver, the system will initiate braking intervention up to 1.2 seconds prior to impact, designed to help lessen the severity of the collision. With available Lexus Dynamic Handling (LDH), PCS will help further mitigate the occurrence of a collision. Luxury/Comfort/Convenience
•Other optional equipment includes a color Heads Úp Display, a Blind Spot Monitor that helps detect vehicles in rear/side blind spots and Lane Keep Assist (LKA) wîth Lane Departure Warning (LDW).
•Standard entertainment and connectivity advancements include enhanced Bluetooth capability wîth automatic phonebook download and streaming audio.
•Standard DVD audio and video compatibility, MP3 sound enhancement, 5.1 simulated surround-sound from normal two channel sources such as MP3 files and CDs.
•HD Radio wîth iTunes tagging and a three-month all-access trial subscription to SiriusXM Satellite Radio are standard. Luxury Options
•The available 17-speaker Mark Levinson premium surround sound audio system has 7.1 channel surround-sound through 10 channels using a new class D Digital amplifier wîth a clean 835-watts from 20-20,000hz at only 0.01 percent total harmonic distortion.
•The new Clari-Fi technology on the available Mark Levinson system automatically analyzes compression in the signal of digital tracks (CD, iPod, etc.) and determines how much amplification is needed, and where, to correct itWarranty
•48-month/50,000-mile basic limited warranty wîth roadside assistance for 48 months/unlimited miles.
•72 months/70,000 miles powertrain and restraint system coverage.
•72 months corrosion perforation protection coverage, regardless of mileage.Source - Lexus
Designed to fill the gap between the ES and LS, the Lexus GS was introduced by Toyota's luxury department, Lexus, in October of 1991. Also called the Toyota Aristo, the GS was a series of mid-size luxury sports sedans that were styled by the famous Italdesigns Giurgiaro firm. Based on the platform and running gear of the Toyota Crown, the original GS was first introduced in Japan in 1991, and two years later in the U.S., Europe and varied markets in Asia.
Made available with two inline-6 powered version for the Japanese market, the Aristo was introduced with the 3.0Q and the 3.0V. While the 3.0Q Aristo had a 2JZ-GE engine capable of producing 226 hp, the 3.0V was equipped with a 24-valve twinturbo 2JZ-GTe engine that produced 276 hp.
On February 22, 1993, production of the Lexus GS 300 was begun at the Tahara, Japan assembly plant. A great example for the time of the latest advancement of Tahara production technology, only 8 spot welds were performed by hand, while the other nearly 4,200 welds were performed by robots.
Wanting to produce a vehicle capable of competing with the BMW 5-Series and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Lexus introduced the GS as the new marketing sports sedan. To further complement the rest of the Lexus lineup, the exterior was styled by Italdesign Giugiaro in a way that blended the elements of both the original LS and the SC in a rounder, aerodynamic shape.
The inside of the Lexus GS 300 featured leather seating, walnut wood trim on the center console, and the availability of a Nakamichi premium stereo system. Other available options included (TRAC) traction control, a moonroof, and a remote 12-CD auto changer. The four-speed automatic transmission was replaced in 1996 with a five-speed automatic.
The main purpose of the GS had been to take the price position of the original LS 400 flagship which had steadily moved upmarket since its introduction in 1989. In comparison to power and available amenities, the first rear-wheel drive sports sedan by Lexus, the GS, exceeded the LS by a far range. However, GS 300 sales were only considered modest, with 1993 being the most productive year at 19,164 units sold. As the Japanese yen rose in value against the dollar in later years, sales dropped as it made the GS more expensive than its rivals. Stiff competition was brought on by more powerful V8 sport sedans as well which further dropped sales. Initially the GS 300 carried the U.S. base price of $37,930, and by 1997 had risen to $46,195.
In 1998 the second generation of Lexus GS was introduced for the first time outside of
Japan, and utilized a new platform that added a V8 version. 'Something Wicked This Way Comes' was the tagline Lexus used for the arrival for this second generation. This new GS was codenamed JZS160 for models that carried the 2JZ-GE engine, and JZS161 for models with the 2JZ-GTE twin-turbo engines. A bump in torque was also made possible by VVT-I now becoming standard. While no four-wheel drive models were offered, the new GS's styling was produced in-house and now featured quadruple headlights similar to the Lexus SC coupe. For the first time an upgraded stereo system along with elecroluminiscent Lexus Opitron gauges were offered as well. Once again offered, the GS 300 now featured a slightly revised version of the previous generation's 3.0 L inline-6 which now produced 225 hp and 225 ft·lbf of torque.
The second generation GS sedan was much more of a success in comparison to the generation prior. Sales mounted to a total of 30,622 vehicles sold in the first year alone. By 2000 sales remained quite steady at around 28000 vehicles. Encouraged by its success, Lexus kept the GS sedan in its vehicle lineup for over eight years. The GS 300 was kept at a U.S. base price of approximately $38,000 and $47,000 for the GS 400.
2001 was the only year with any significant changes for the second generation Lexus GS. The grill was revised slightly, and new subtly tinted headlights were added to the front end. The trunk area also received new clear tail lights with turn signal indicators. While optional on the I6, Xenon high-intensity discharge headlights were made standard on the V8. The GS 300 featured more gleaming wood trim as well as steering wheel shift buttons. Renamed the GS 430 in 2001, the V8 engine received a 0.3 liter bump in displacement. The torque was also increased to 325 ft·lbf, though peak horsepower remained unchanged.
Named Motor Trend's Import Car of the Year for 1998, the GS also made Car and Driver magazine's Ten Best list from 1998 through 2000.
Using the same twin-turbo engine as found on the Toyota Supra Mk IV, the GS introduced a new, third model in 2002. The V8-powered 4.0Zi-Four joined the Aristo lineup in this year. This newest model came with a 250 hp engine, along with standard four-wheel drive. This was the same V8 that was used in both the first generation Lexus LS and the Toyota Crown Majesta. Both the GS and Aristo models were equipped with an independent, double-wishbone suspension setup.
First introduced as a 2006 model at the 2005 North American International Auto Show, production began on the third generation GS on January 24, 2005. The GS model lineup included the GS 300 which had a 3.0 L V6 3 GR-FSE engine, and the GS 430 with the same 4.3 L V8 that was used in the previous model. Excluding Singapore, the GS 300 featured a direct-injection engine for all markets except Continental Asia.
The first Lexus sedan to offer an all-wheel drive configuration, the GS 300 featured an all-wheel drive option. The Toyota Mark X and the Zero Toyota Crown also featured the 3.0 L engine. In 2006 the current third version of the GS came in V6, V8 and hybrid variations.
The GS was sold as the Toyota Aristo in Japan until 2005 when the Lexus marque was introduced. Seeking to align all world markets, including Japan, using Lexus as their luxury brand worldwide, Toyota chose not to release the equivalent Aristo. The Toyota Aristo was discontinued following the introduction of the third generation of the Lexus GS. The Aristo and the GS essentially differed in both their transmission and engine combinations and equipment packages, though other than that they were virtually identical.
Showcased as Lexus's new L-finesse design philosophy, the third generation GS featured more muscular styling, new swooping lines and a fastback profile. This third generation GS indicated the future direction of the Lexus lineup. First previewed on the earlier Lexus LF-S concept, the slingshot cabin was featured on the GS. Also revolutionary, the GS sedans were the first to feature the most updated generation of Lexus' SmartAccess keyless system. This added a push-button start for the first time.
A driver-side hidden panel for more infrequently used controls, other unique features included a standard touchscreen display in the center console, Bluetooth technology, and LED lighting in the cabin. Optional features include a Mark Levinson premium sound system. Each model had an electrochromic instrument cluster which adjusts for the amount of reflected sunlight, a unique feature for the Lexus GS series only.
For the 2007 model year, the GS 350, using the 3.5 L 2GR-FSE engine replaced the GS 300. The 2007 GS 430 horsepower rating was changed to 290 (with 319 ft·lbf. of torque), due to a change in SAE testing procedures. The V6-powered GS 350 was rated at 303 hp (with 274 ft·lbf. of torque). Both vehicles were reported at 0-60 times of 5.7 seconds by Lexus. For the 2008 model year, a 4.6 L GS 460 (URS191) replaced the GS 430. The 460 was equipped with a brand new 4.6 L 1UR-FE engine that generated 342 hp (with 339 ft·lbf. of torque). An 8-speed automatic transmission was also added to the GS 460. The 460 had a reported time of 0-60 seconds in 5.4 seconds according to lexus.
At the same time as the introduction of the GS 460, the GS lineup received an exterior overhaul that included a new and improved forward bumper and headlights, new wheel options and exterior colors, and turn signals now added to the side mirrors. The GS also received revised instrument cluster gauges and different trim pieces on the inside of the vehicle. For improved handling, the V8-powered GS 460 offers the Active Stablizer Suspension System, along with the hybrid GS 450h and previous GS 430 models.
The GS 350 costs approximately $44,150 while the GS 460 retails at $52,620.
Introduced at the 2005 New York International Auto Show, the hybrid Lexus GS 450h joined the Gs line for the 2007 model year. Producing over 330 hp, the 450h became the first mass-production rear-wheel drive luxury hybrid vehicle. With a naturally-aspirated 3.5 L 2GR-FSE V6 engine mated to an electric motor and a continuously variable transmission, the 450h's powertrain makes use of the Lexus Hybrid Drive system of integrating electric and gasoline engine motors.
With an MSRP (that includes delivery) of $55,595, the GS 450h comes with a Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle emissions rating. Raising the price by several thousands of dollars, several markets only allow the 450h to be purchased with at least one option package.
The battery is rear mounted, which consumes a significant amount of trunk space. Receiving the Driver Monitoring System in certain markets, the GS 450h is among the first of Lexus vehicles to achieve this. Featuring an infrared steering wheel mounted camera, this safety system monitors driver attentiveness and sounds an alarm if danger ahead is detected and the driver is not paying attention.
Weighing 4134 lbs, the GS 450h is capable of producing 339 hp due to the combined hybrid powertrain, which allows the GS to accelerate to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds, compared the GS 460's rated 5.4 seconds.
At a price of $65,000, a total of 75 ‘Neiman Marcus Edition' GS 450h sedans were featured as the annual holiday catalog vehicle. On October 19 2005, all 75 vehicles were sold in less than three hours and were delivered in April of 2006. In Japan, the GS 450h went on sale on March 16 2006.
For 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005, J.D. Power and Associates named the GS series the best midsize luxury vehicle in initial quality. For 2005, AAA named the third generation GS 300 the best car in its class. In 2005, Consumer Reports awarded the Lexus GS as the highest ranked vehicle in predicted reliability in the luxury car class.By Jessica Donaldson