To make sure

The new Lexus GS 430 is not only more agile than its predecessor. For the first time new technologies are used, for example, an electronically controlled suspension and an accident detection system

Key data
PS kW283 hp (208 kW)
driveRear-wheel drive, 6-speed automatic
0-100 km / h6.1 seconds
top speed250 km / h
price55,600.00 €

Lexus, the luxury brand of Toyota, enjoys great popularity in the US. In this country there have, however hard the Japanese, to compete against the established competition from Audi, BMW and Mercedes. The ambitious target for Europe about 65 000 vehicles for sale by 2010, Lexus wants to solve with a new design philosophy and innovative technology claim. So six new Lexus models to appear alone in the next two years, some with hybrid drive. The latest addition is the luxury sedan GS which is now rolling in the third generation of the Lexus-contractors. Striking lines at hood, fenders and short stub tail underscore visually the dynamic presence of the GS. Inside, feel-good atmosphere prevails thanks leather, hand-processed wood and high quality materials. Tribute is due to the glare lit instruments that are very good comfort seats in front and the standard knee airbags for driver and passenger. In general, the issue was active and passive safety in GS in the foreground. Thus, the Lexus VDIM (Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management) said vehicle dynamics control is networked with the adaptive chassis and engages in an emergency, within fractions of a second correcting up to three degrees in the direction a. The 3400 Euro expensive Pre-Collision Safety System locates by radar obstacles ahead of the vehicle and calculates the probability of a collision. If this is the case, the front seat belts are automatically tensioned for maximum support and Brake Assist is activated. Taut athleticism without excessive force and put the Lexus in the first meeting of the day. Thanks to the revised suspension with new multi-link rear axle, the GS 430 is significantly more agile than its predecessors. Although the electrically assisted power steering feels variable ratio around the central position slightly spongy, yet the Japanese draws precise one. The two-stage adjustable damper system AVS allows the choice between normal and sport tuning. During the GS in normal position has a comfortable ride, he rolls with sports identifier from firmer without being hard. As a known successful mixture of a powerful starting at acoustic-cultured restraint, the eight-cylinder engine turns with 283 hp. The 4.3-liter to 430 accelerate the GS within 6.1 seconds to 100 km / h has been further optimized in terms of pollutant emissions. Further rate: 40,500 euros will cost the base model GS 300 with a newly developed six-cylinder direct injection gasoline engine and 249 horsepower. So the newcomer is exactly 1,000 euros below the price of its less powerful predecessor. The top model GS 430 with eight-cylinder engine is 55,600 euros in the price list. Guido Borck

Technical specifications
kW / hp
1 / min

5600 U / min
Max. Torque. (Nm)
at 1 / min
3500 U / min
power transmission 
transmission6 speed automatic
driverear-wheel drive
landing gear 
brakesv: Vented. slices
h: Vented. slices
tiresv: 245/40 R 18
h: 245/40 R 18
Weight (kg) 
Curb weight (factory)1770
Acceleration / intermediate sprint 
0-100 km / h (s)6.1
Top speed (km / h)250
test consumptionK. A.
EU consumption11.4l / 100km (Super)
reachK. A.
Exhaust emissions 
Carbon dioxide CO2 (g / km)K. A.