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Lexus GS 300, Lexus GS 430, Sedan
#1253 of 3073 Re: gthiel1 [gthiel1]
Feb 02, 2005 (5:19 am)
VDIM's ability to provide overall management of all these systems maximizes brake performance and vehicle stability in virtually any driving situation.
V6 Performance Redefined
Joining the GS 430's potent and refined 4.3-liter V8, is an all-new 3.0-liter, 245-horsepower V6 engine replacing the inline six in the GS 300. The new V6 uses a new direct fuel injection system that offers much finer fuel mixture control to improve both power and fuel economy. "Dual" variable valve timing technology that acts on both intake and exhaust valves further enhances performance through a wide rpm range. The result is a wide, flat torque curve that provides crisp throttle response and quick acceleration at virtually any engine speed.
Measures to reduce internal friction such as chain drive for the camshafts and roller rockers to operate the valves, contribute its superior fuel economy of 22 mpg city and 30 mpg highway. The new V6 also achieves an EPA-certified Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) emissions rating.
New 6-Speed Automatic
Both the powerful V6 and V8 engines benefit from an intelligent all-new close-ratio 6-speed automatic transmission with a sequential manual-shifting mode. The combination provides faster and substantially smoother acceleration for even better performance and, surprisingly, improved fuel economy. And like the latest LS 430, the new automatic also uses a special transmission fluid that never needs to be checked or replaced.
New Intelligent Luxury Sport Sedan
In addition to a new look and feel, the new GS also improves upon the increasingly complex nature of automotive technology. The GS offers numerous standard features such as Bluetooth(R) wireless telephone capability and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPM) that can detect and notify the driver via an indicator warning light of a significant loss in pressure in one or more tires. The GS will also feature the Adaptive Front lighting System (AFS), which helps illuminate a curve as the driver steers into it.
A rear back-up camera is also added for 2006, helping to provide an extra margin of confidence when reversing the vehicle. Available in conjunction with the optional navigation system, it automatically projects an image of what the camera lens can detect behind the vehicle onto the navigation screen when the vehicle is in the reverse gear.
The GS will also be available with Intuitive Park Assist which uses ultrasonic sensors to detect the presence of objects close by and warn the driver of their proximity.
Although currently available in the Lexus LS 430 and LX 470, the GS takes the idea a step further by adding a steering input sensor to help the system better judge changes in distance to objects. "With the new GS we took all that was good in terms of technology and found ways to make it more intuitive, more intelligent and more relevant to the needs of its driver," said Clements.
Advanced Safety Features
The GS will also offer an optional Pre-Collision System (PCS) that can help reduce collision damage. The system uses a millimeter-wave radar sensor to help detect obstacles in front of the car and a pre-collision system computer with vehicle speed, steering angle and yaw rate inputs that help to determine in advance whether a collision is unavoidable. It then switches the AVS to "Sport" mode, preemptively retracts front seat belts and pre-initializes Brake Assist so that increased braking is applied the instant the brake pedal is depressed. The system also incorporates "Active Braking" which will automatically apply the brakes up to a deceleration of 0.3 Gs in the event the driver fails to react to system warnings.
In addition, the new GS gains new knee airbags for the driver and front passenger as well as front and rear side curtain airbags as standard equipment. The Supplemental Restraint System in the new GS also includes variable-force front airbags for both driver and front passenger. Sensors determine the severity of the accident and in turn the force with which to deploy the front airbags, helping to provide an appropriate level of occupant restraint.
"Nearly every feature on the GS makes this sports sedan more manageable and more engaging to drive," said Clements.
Mind-Expanding Audio Systems
A refined standard premium audio system brings more power and three new speakers to the 2006 GS and uses an Automatic Sound Levelizer (ASL) to maintain consistent sound levels at varying vehicle speeds.
Music aficionados will appreciate the newest generation of the optional Mark Levinson audio system in the new GS. Using a 7.1 channel speaker architecture, this leading-edge design uses 11 channels of amplification with a total of 330 watts playing through 14 speakers to bring a major new dimension to automotive audio systems.
The Mark Levinson audio also takes advantage of DVD audio and video technology, allowing users to play both conventional CDs and DVDs. DVD movies can be viewed on the color 7-inch touch screen when the vehicle is parked.
Luxury Alive in the Details
Newly optional ventilated front seats and a power rear sunshade work in concert with the standard dual-zone climate control that filters and deodorizes the air to keep occupants comfortable.
An upgraded navigation system offers more than 6 million points of interest (POI). The multi-information display makes key information readily available and easy to see.
Rich new exterior colors and interior wood and leather selections coupled with the Lexus' boldest design to date make choosing the right GS luxury sport sedan more intriguing than ever before.
The all-new 2006 Lexus GS luxury sport sedans go on sale in early March. Prices begin at $42,900 for the GS 300, $44,850 for the GS 300 AWD, and $51,125 for the GS 430.
This should have answered many of your questions!
Feb 02, 2005 (7:55 am)
Now leather is standard, the back seat is bigger, the engine (V6) and tranny are better, the car is more efficient, the rear-end styling is better (I have questions about the front), and AWD is available for under $45k, the value quotient is higher, but not tremendously.
The RL is $4k more, but MUCH more powerful.
It is better looking than the M, but won't be as fast.
The pricing is decent. I'd have the 430 at $49995, and the 300 has leather standard, so I guess that price is alright.
The way Lexus has handled this still has my head spinning, but I'm sure it will get better.
Feb 02, 2005 (8:22 am)
The GS is about $2500 to $3000 more than the M for comparably equipped models.
I am very impressed with the weight of the GS. About the same weight as the 5 series, but with more legroom.
One thing about the M is that it's kinda heavy. If they could have found some way to shed some weight on that thing, it'll be even faster. Not that it really needs to be at 5.3s/6.3s, but it's always fun. =)
#1256 of 3073 Re: [jrock65]
Feb 02, 2005 (8:37 am)
"The GS is about $2500 to $3000 more than the M for comparably equipped models."
How do you know this? Where have option prices for the GS been posted?
#1257 of 3073 Well, that settles it
Feb 02, 2005 (8:46 am)
The engine displacements are now FINAL, I believe for the 06 GS. Sucks ! That's about all I can say.
Feb 02, 2005 (9:53 am)
"The RL is $4k more, but MUCH more powerful."
The RL is also a porker, and not any faster.
Feb 02, 2005 (9:59 am)
But Americans buy HP, or more accurately, are sold on HP.
Having sat in the RL, it is rather cozy inside, so the GS doesn't need to be a Deville to win the Final Frontier.
The RL's dash is quite sexy though. The dash is a big selling point for me. The GS is good.
I reckon the weight of the 430 must be around 3800, to beat the RL so easily to 60, by more than a second.
Feb 02, 2005 (10:28 am)
I'm impressed with its new engine, EPA mileage: 22/30. IMO, GS300 is going to sell very well.
#1262 of 3073 Re: [alpha01]
Feb 02, 2005 (11:02 am)
Lexus options/packages are somewhat different for each region.
- 2006 GS300 RWD -
Premium Package: $45,335
Rain Sensing Wipers
Adaptive Front Lighting System/Headlamp Cleaners
Power Rear Sunshade
Ventilated Front Seats
Intuitive Park Assist
Fully Loaded: $49,865
Mark Levinson Stereo
- 2006 GS430 -
Fully Loaded: $57,490
Mark Levinson Stereo
Rain Sensing Wipers/Headlamp Cleaners
Power Rear Sunshade
Ventilated Front Seats
Intuitive park Assist
All prices do NOT include destination charge. Radarcruise will only come with PCS, which is not available on the intials models. Satellite radio is an accessory.