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Lexus GS300

Broadcast date : 1st October 2006

Car Torque predicts a big future for the Lexus GS300, for a number of reasons.

The rather American-orientated but dramatic-looking Lexus SUVs have recently created much-needed brand awareness for Toyota’s luxury division, something it never quite achieved with the 400, 300 and 200 sedans over the past decade.

Another factor in the new Lexus sedan line-up’s favour is that the cars are, suddenly, seriously good-looking, with an identity all their own.

The new GS300 is a completely new vehicle from the ground up.

"Relaxed" is a phrase that springs to mind when it comes to the Lexus GS300 too. But for different reasons to that of the diesel Avensis.

Lexus has always been able to rival the best German brands on a feature-for-feature basis.

But the latest Lexus sedans have added two elements that have been lacking before – integration of the whole package into a more harmonious dynamic experience, and styling that, again is far more integrated, while still retaining trademark Lexus features.

The switch from a straight-six to a V6 engine has meant no loss of refinement, in fact the new motor seems better isolated – and throttle response on the open road is extremely satisfying.

The Lexus is almost eerily quiet in terms of both road, engine and wind noise, but that all-new V6 delivers 183 kilowatts at a refined 6000 rpm for low 7 second 0-100 runs, and 235 km/h top speed.

All-served up unobtrusively through the excellent six-speed ‘box, and enhanced in a tactile sense by impressively responsive electric power-steering.

The interior, too, matches up to the new-found Lexus sedan sense of visual harmony.

Again, there is a hard-to-define confidence about the new cabin that was lacking before. We like the touch-screen facility for basic functions – so much easier and, yes, safer, than fiddling about with a computer mouse, as you have to do now on luxury German models.

Sat-Nav is coming on the still to-be-launched SE model, but for now, absolutely nothing is out of place, or indeed, lacking.

Lexus offers typically solid cars with solid mechanical values, and a brand-new engine that’ll find loyal fans, although our preference is definitely for the three-litre petrol V6. 

Lexus GS300

  • Engine: V6 petrol, 2 994 cc
  • Power: 183 kW @ 6 200 rpm
  • Torque: 310 Nm @ 3 500 rpm
  • Transmission: Six-speed automatic, rear-wheel-drive
  • 0-100 km/h: 8,4 seconds (claimed)
  • Top speed: 235 km/h (claimed)
  • Fuel consumption: 11,4 litres/100 km (estimated)
  • Price: R422 900

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