Lexus Launches Highly Anticipated New GS

BY Joel Tam

Lexus bags more than 200 orders of its new GS even before the car's official launch. With the impressive specs, we're not surprised.

Photos: Low Fai Ming

With a dedicated showroom aptly named the GS Studio, Lexus is placing a lot of hope on its new model, the all-new GS. Their efforts have not gone to waste as the car is moving very well. So well, that Borneo Motors, the distributors for the brand, already have 200 names in the order book.

After what we've seen, we expect that order book to bear even more names.

Wearing the new face of Lexus with the prominent spindle grille, the new GS expresses a new generation of Lexus' design philosophy. The spindle grille is more than just a design, Lexus Group deputy chief engineer for the GS, Koji Sato explained that the designers visualized the flow of air around it and, like the LFA supercar, maximized aerodynamic efficiency for low coefficient of drag.

In addition, air inlets located on the outer edges of the lower grille also serve as cooling ducts. The overall effect is anything but bland. The GS has a distinctive Lexus look, with the deep-set headlamps and L-shaped LED daytime running lamps - you had best be getting out of the way if one comes up behind you fast.

The chunky rear bumper is distinctively Lexus as well, with hints of the latest LS. Dual exhaust trims finished in a satin metal effect lend a sporty feel, while the L-shaped LED tail lamps, another Lexus design cue, give it an overall handsome and brawny rear stance.

The cabin is another drool worthy factor of the car. Gone are the garish woodgrains. The interior is thoroughly modern, with matt aluminum and classier grains to replace the 'uncle-style' wood finishings. There's also more space for all occupants, increasing the comfort of both front and rear passengers. Although the rear looks good for only two adults due to the rear-wheel drive transmission tunnel.

It also features an industry-first, a 12.3-inch high-resolution multi-media screen, large enough to support simultaneous, split-screen viewing of a large map display, plus audio, climate or other vehicle information. For the ultimate in audio performance, an 835-watt, 17-speaker Mark Levinson audio system is available. The system provides 7.1 Surround Sound through 10 channels using a new class D Digital amplifier and efficient Green Edgeâ„¢ speakers that are lighter, more energy-efficient and have less distortion.

Four modes of driving styles available for the driver, ECO, Normal, Sport S and Sport S+.

Rear passengers get some control too. Centre arm rest is equipped with audio and climate switches.

F Sport package will be outfitted with a sport front bumper and rear lower valence, rear lip spoiler, unique F Sport mesh grille inserts and F Sport badging. Will there be a GS-F? Mr. Sato could only say that it was not information that he could share openly with us, as that is "product development information". He did however hint that "we can expect more from the GS", which strongly suggest that we could be looking at an M5 contender soon!

Prices will start from S$250k, depending on rising COE prices. So it's best to check with Borneo Motors directly if you're in the market for a mid-sized premium sedan. Be quick to get your name listed in the GS order book!