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Published Date: 18/01/2016

Lexus GS 2016

The Lexus GS dates back almost to the start of the brand itself. Now in its fourth generation, a recent refresh has made the GS as compelling as ever.

You'll notice the revisions on the outside first. The new Lexus GS gains the latest version of the Lexus spindle grille, with new bi-LED headlamp units either side. It's a particularly strong example of the spindle, flanked by bodywork that changes angles in unusual ways, focussing the eye onto the Lexus badge. Rear detailing is also updated, but to a milder degree.

Two models are available of the regular GS - both hybrids. The GS 300h uses a 2.5 litre, 4-cylinder petrol engine, while the GS 450h has a 3.5 litre V6. Both engines employ the "Atkinson" combustion cycle that improves engine efficiency, backed up with a nickel metal hydride battery pack, for total system power outputs of 223hp and 345hp respectively.

These full hybrid cars will travel short distances in full EV mode, producing zero local emissions at speeds of up to 46mph (GS 300h) - or accomplish the 0-60mph sprint in 5.9s (GS 450h). In normal driving though the system will allocate power as appropriate, using either source to power the driving wheels or using the petrol engine to charge the battery, so the GS 300h achieves emissions as low as 109g/km, depending on specification.

For those with more of an eye on performance there's F Sport models of both cars, which includes a more aggressive styling package and a wheel and brake upgrade - but should you want a real performance GS, there's the V8-engined GS F.

The GS F has its own unique styling - though the bi-LED headlights and deep spindle grille tie it in with the hybrids - to really press home the race-inspired luxury message of Lexus F Performance models. The V8 produces up to 467hp and is capable of reaching 60mph from rest in just 4.4 seconds - but even this car employs a clever combustion cycle when you're simply cruising along to maximise fuel economy.

Aside from the standalone GS F, the GS is available in four trim levels, with the Executive and Luxury specifications available only on the GS 300h and both F Sport and Premium grades available for both cars. Whichever model you get, your Lexus GS will be well-equipped and comes with Lexus Safety Sense+ system as standard kit, including adaptive headlights, adaptive cruise control and pre-crash with pedestrian detection.

The GS also employs a sophisticated air conditioning system that provides climate control only to seats that are occupied. Using what Lexus terms 'nanoe technology', the 3 zone climate control also deodorises the cabin and has a moisturising effect on skin and hair. 

With all this in addition to traditional Lexus values of comfort, elegance and reliability, the Lexus GS is the car to beat in the executive saloon sector.

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