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Lexus GS300 Car Review

Lexus GS300 Saloon Car Review

Lexus GS300 Saloon

2008-05-27 10:44:54 - The Lexus GS is known as a luxury mid-sized executive vehicle... Exactly what you'd expect the boss to be driving. The car debuted in 1991 and since then it has been given a considerable face lift. The latest generation is now available as a V6, V8 and the innovation that is called the Hybrid.

The current third generation was first produced in 2005, with two versions - the GS300 and GS430. However with 2 years worth development, Lexus have upgraded both models to the GS350 and GS460 respectively.

We'll start with the 350 model. It has a 3.5L producing 303bhp with a 6-speed automatic transmission, not as powerful as the 460, but certainly no mean feat.

The 460 packs a 342bhp V8 with an 8-speed automatic, it will do 0-60mph in 5.4 seconds. The new aluminium suspension makes both models hold the road well, the handling is sharp and the ride is smooth.

Lexus GS450h

The Hybrids' Tank: GS 450h

Along with these models, Lexus introduced a Hybrid version called the 450h. This is the first mass produced luxury hybrid car with rear-wheel drive. The engine is a 3.5L V6 connected to an electric motor and a continuously variable transmission (as seen in the Toyota Prius). In case you're thinking hybrids don't perform well...think again.. The 450h outputs 339 horses and does 0-60 in 5.2 seconds - this is quicker than the non-hybrid models!

As ever with the lexus you can expect supreme quality with an exemplary interior finish and plenty of gadgets to boot. The GS350 starts at around £30,000 and the hybrid can set you back as much as £50,000, but you certainly do get what you paid for here.

Score: 9/10

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