Lexus GS / Toyota Aristo Mk2

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Toyota Aristo / Lexus GS

B MW the untouchable. Since 1996, the has been the benchmark of the class, driver appeal as well as that competitors hardly Among many challengers, Aristo comes closest to the

Aristo is better known as GS300 / 430 for overseas market. You remember, the first generation / GS had a sporty styling penned by but it didn’t drove like In contrast, the new car looks less a bit too fat, and the irregular-shaped headlights odd, but underneath the skin is a chassis and powertrain combination. As Toyota gave it the best — double wishbones all round, rear-wheel drive, and rear subframes — but crucial is the chassis setup, distinguish the new GS from its predecessor or However, let us first start the heart.

Having experience about you don’t need more about GS300’s engine. In Toyota uses this c.c. straight six (with 24 valves and VVT-i variable timing) throughout all its rear-drive big such as Mark II, Crown and Powerful, responsive and smooth are its instinct, letting it to rival 2.8 well. If you want more Aristo provides two additional and boost output to the domestic of 280 hp, with 334 lbft to match. In words, that’s the same of Supra turbo. However, among them is GS430’s V8, also aided by VVT-i. It out 300 silky smooth horsepower any hesitation. More powerful BMW’s 4.4 V8, yet refiner. Perfect.

Working in companion with the engines is a 5-speed adaptive For GS430, it offers E-shift manual override with button on steering wheel

The V8 gives GS430 fire-breathing it takes just 6.0 seconds for mph acceleration. Top speed is electronically to 155 mph like its German rivals. In GS300 is just average by standard. Autocar magazine it took 8.5 sec for 0-60 and the kerb is 140 kg in excess of a BMW 528i. Admittedly, the paid little attention to saving — the straight six uses cast iron (the V8 is aluminium alloy). no aluminium used in suspension as unlike BMW and Audi.


Lack of aluminium suspension distinguish its ride quality the BMW benchmark. Generally speaking, GS is tuned softer than its rivals. Even with the Sport suspension package 17-inch wheels), although it very close to the 5-series, it is noticeable the BMW has an edge in body steering feel and ride The low-profile tyres ride and pretty well at speed, but not overcome low speed bump as as 5-series. 17-inch wheels are optional for the GS430, although the is no stiffer than the standard American journalists also the BMW 540i handles and rides In particular, the standard suspension to more roll and pitch, the confidence experienced in BMW and Audi. version GS430 fitted Sport suspension package has poor ride on bumpy which is hardly forgivable for a while body control and are both worse than thanks to the extra weight of V8.

That said, the GS is less than 5-series and A6 (V8 only), but its appeal as well as refinement are ahead of any front-drive A6, Jaguar and Lincoln LS. What about E-class? it’s good, but too to be direct competitors. Talking price, the GS300 isn’t in Euorpe, therefore Lexus it difficult to shift more 3,000 cars there

While handling and ride the German, interior trimming is There is purposeful styling for such as 3 separate backlit There are a lot of equipment as well, full leather trim. The is lack of classy feeling. The feels cheap. The placement and of ventilation lack of attention to Fit and finish is also under It feels more American European, not even matching own SC coupe.

However, the GS is still a satisfying sedan offering remarkable comfort and European-style handling. is especially good for high cross-country journey. It’s and relaxing.

The above report was updated on 24 Mar 2001. All Rights

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