1997-2004 Lexus GS 400/430: The Relentless Persuit of (Sporting) Perfection…

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1997-2004 Lexus GS 400/430: The Persuit of (Sporting) Perfection

The represents a second attempt by at building a rear wheel sports sedan to compete established benchmarks like the BMW 5 While the Toyota Aristo GS300 was a noble attempt, it amounted to a driving experience equated to a soft riding, isolating cocoon. Toyota’s to spicing up the sleepy GS300 like a uniquely American add more displacement. In America, the generation GS would have a 300 and new 400 model. Lexus called its new a High Performance Sedan when it was unveiled at the Detroit show in 1997.

While in some six cylinder versions of the would have a twin setup similar to the Supra, in the 300’s straight-six would be aspirated. The 400 would use a 4.0-litre V8 300 hp, similar to what was in the flagship LS The V8 was unique to the American market, as to that Lexus was serious the American concept of ‘no replacement for The new car was a more modern variation of the original, this time in-house by Toyota.  The distinctive were now very much those of the SC sports coupe, as if to a performance connection (or Mercedes E influence).

While a 300 hp engine sounds impressive by any car standard, in the GS 400 the rest of the car was more of the The added performance of the V8 was masked by a and very comfortable interior reminded you that you were in a Lexus. A loaded GS could its driver with new technology.  An of options included a touch navigation system and a in-dash 6 CD changer. While common today, in navigation systems were relatively new. With the added on technology, the 400 remained firmly in Japanese luxury car territory. of the day seemed to agree, calling the GS 400 less because of the lack of involvement. Despite these comings, the GS offered semi-involvement in the form of a 5- speed automatic transmission a manual sequential mode.

1999 Lexus GS 400 Interior

LEXUS GS300/400/430

While many of its performance looked great on paper a 0 to 60 time of 5.3 seconds, it was not as fun to drive as the 5 Series. Lexus had the ride thing down, while was still room for improvement in the of road feel and other measures of driver/road feedback. involvement of not, the GS 400 was fast. For a period the Lexus could that its GS 400o was the world’s production sedan in 1997. a tagline “Something Wicked Way Comes”, the GS 400 failed to capture the of hard core driving who would accustomed to cars from BMW or with a more established pedigree.

Those who a GS cared about European heritage the robot-like reliability the Lexus had established. Many fell for its and refinement vs. performance. While the use of was seen as a hindrance to some aspects of driving, the GS400 and 430 would represent Lexus pursuit of perfection in a slightly new In 2000 a slight re-freshening bump up the V8 displacement to 4.3 liters a new name 430. While the engine had the same power as before, it had more low end torque, the GS feel faster when at highway speeds or accelerating town.

There was no denying the engineering inside. Awards Motor Tends Import Car of the in 1998 and a three spot on  Car and Driver’s 10 Best confirm Lexus quality. Powers buyer satisfaction suggested that Lexus buyers more pleased with purchases over the long those of BMW or Audi. They had fewer problems than German car owner counterparts. GS 400 often finished in third in magazine comparison tests, it was a winner in the sales race.  In the end it seem that the performance market is moving towards the ideal. Sales of over units in 1997 would dimish in following years, but not to knock the GS from its class sales crown.

Today some critics that BMW has lost the hard that Lexus was pursuing a ago. Now the current GS and 5 Series are closer in performance, thanks to the of consumer tastes in the performance market.

LEXUS GS300/400/430
LEXUS GS300/400/430

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