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No doubt that this is a decent car to drive and a step up on the old GS

Our Verdict

The Lexus GS has been injected with a few ounces of sportiness, making it a left-field contender in the mid-size exec category

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20 July 2011

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23 July 2011

[quote Autocar]

What is it?


A surprise arrival from Lexus. Originally this naturally-aspirated 2.5-litre V6 GS wasn’t intended for our shores but with very positive feedback from various internal sources at Lexus the decision was made that it would enter Britain’s large exec market in June next year as a rival for the likes of the BMW 523i and Mercedes E250 CGI.


What’s it like?


Well it seems that the positive feedback was all pretty accurate because this is a really well-judged ex...Read the full article

[/quote] I've never been in a GS, but it always gave me the impression that it was capable. I once had a serious "dice" with one on the A303, nothing sinister, but I probably had the more natural performance car, but the GS proved a capable machine & I bet he was enjoying a quieter journey than me in my BMW 135. A new GS is all very well, but come on how about giving a bit of soul to the IS, and quite what the new CT does for the brand is beyond me.

DKW

23 July 2011

The LS430 I sat in was quite striking for its lack of atmosphere (IS/RX were better). However the chunky interior in this GS looks promising - if it gives the interior any 'feel' they will have made real progress. Sounds promising.

23 July 2011

"Granular?"

"Granular steering"?

What are you trying to say, Vicky? That it feels gritty and coarse, as if there's sand in the steering column bearings?

1. of, like, containing, or resembling a granule or granules
2. having a grainy or granulated surface

DKW

23 July 2011

[quote Submariner Redux]

"Granular?"

"Granular steering"?

What are you trying to say, Vicky? That it feels gritty and coarse, as if there's sand in the steering column bearings?

1. of, like, containing, or resembling a granule or granules
2. having a grainy or granulated surface
[/quote] I also wondered what on Earth that would feel like

23 July 2011

Should have took it out the wrapper first!

23 July 2011

The hybrid has rapid acceleration

25 July 2011

[quote DKW]

What are you trying to say, Vicky? That it feels gritty and coarse, as if there's sand in the steering column bearings?

1. of, like, containing, or resembling a granule or granules
2. having a grainy or granulated surface

[/quote]

It's got 'Stiction'...

25 July 2011

I would imagine what is meant by "granular" is probably better described as "grainy", steering with texture and feel rather than a dead feeling helm.

I can't help thinking, as good as this car may be, it will only ever be for people who want something other than the usual suspects. A 2.5 petrol is never going to be the obvious choice and to get anything close to volume they still need a diesel.

With the hybrid version they have a USP, with this set up they don't have that luxury unless the final product is either exceptionally well sorted or particularly pretty.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

25 July 2011

I don't know why they have covered it up as they have been mail shotting in magazines for the last month for people to drive it with an undisguised one bumper and all…bizarre…I wouldnt get too excited thouh it is an LFA grafted onto a saloon body look…but not as nice.

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