Sunday, 24 July 2011

2012 Lexus GS spied testing at the Nürburgring

Spies have captured the next-generation Lexus GS undergoing high-speed testing at the Nürburgring racetrack. Despite the heavy camouflage, the GS will mimic the LF-Gh concept car, itself using Lexus' L-Finesse design philosophy. Lexus added the 2012 GS will be "more defined and [feature] emotional design", unlike the current model.

The dashboard will feature an edgier design, while the cabin will be draped in premium leather and chrome. The biggest surprise will be the infotainment system, which utilises a 12.3” screen – using a haptic mouse - above the centre stack. For the first time, Lexus will offer a variety of colours for the interior including red, beige, black, grey, and cream.

The new GS will measure at 4,890mm long,
1,870mm wide and 1,450mm high. It's also lighter by
71kg (157lbs)
While the drive layout remains the same, Lexus invited some journalists to test the new GS. While the car sits upon an all-new chassis, they say the vehicle boasts a sportier suspension set-up. Power comes from a reworked 3.5 litre V6 petrol unit that will be linked to a 6-speed automatic. While rivals are now using 7 and 8 speed autos, Lexus believes American consumers rather pay for more gadgets and gizmos than a high-tech transmission.

The GS will be unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance on 18th August, while the hybrid model will debuted at the Frankfurt motor show. An F-Sport trim-level will follow later on but a performance-focused GS-F model seems unlikely. Lexus even went on to say the IS-F's 4.6 litre V8 may be axed due to upcoming emission regulations.


We expect the new GS mid-sized sedan to be a typical Lexus;
comfortable, quiet, and powerful so it shouldn't alienate current

Say goodbye to the 4.6 litre V8 petrol, as the GS 450h
will provide more power, performance, and lower emissions

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