Lexus GS (2012–2018)

Model History

August 2011

Lexus unveiled the new GS

The new GS brings a more engaging driving experience, bolder design and a more spacious, contemporary interior, heralding a new chapter in the history of Lexus.

Starting with the bold spindle grille - set to be a signature feature of future Lexus models - the new GS conveys an air of confidence. This is supported by a redesigned chassis with a wide, strong stance that clearly signals the new GS is designed to inspire and reward driver participation with crisp and precise handling.

Lexus engineers challenged themselves to develop a more spacious interior environment for the new GS. Leaving exterior dimensions virtually unchanged, they increased cabin and boot space to create a richly appointed interior that will transport passengers and their luggage in comfort, regardless of distance.

The revised platform is more rigid compared to the current model thanks to an increased number of spot welds and adding laser welds in very specific locations. The track, wider by 40mm at the front and 50mm at the rear, works in combination with a revised suspension design to give a more assured stance and superior cornering performance.

The new suspension system is designed to guide the GS through corners with precision. In the front, aluminium upper and lower control arms employ larger bushings. The rear subframe has been completely redesigned to accommodate an all-new multi-link rear suspension, the improved geometry enhancing rear-end control. With the stiffer platform and lighter components, the shock absorbers can use lighter-viscosity oil, responding faster to small inputs.

The use of aluminium reduces unsprung weight and results in significantly improved agility, ride comfort, body control and steering precision. Ventilated disc brakes featuring four-piston aluminum front calipers are equipped with the latest electronic enhancements to provide braking balance and control.

The precisely sculpted exterior of new GS fuses distinctive style with engineering functionality, expressing a new generation of Lexus’ design philosophy which will be applied to future models. This is evident in details such as the fins incorporated into the side of the tail lamps and the design of the boot area, each helping to direct air over and past the car.

The signature spindle grille with its trapezoidal contours integrates into the aggressive front bumper to allow for efficient airflow. This distinctive Lexus design feature, combined with the deep-set, high-tech headlamps and L-shaped LED daytime running lamps, express the vehicle’s confident and dynamic character. The headlamps use a projector beam design, adding a strong, chiseled appearance and excellent illumination.

From the side, the GS projects the image of a spacious performance saloon with a road-hugging stance. The tapered lower door sills and the short front overhang give the vehicle a sense of motion while width-enhancing wheel arches add an athletic stance, suggesting the vehicle’s dynamic abilities.

The rear bumper features a diffuser and centered aero fins to help control underbody airflow. Combined with the L-shaped LED tail lamps, a Lexus design cue, these rear bumper features lend a high-performance appearance.

The interior includes a number of embedded premium features as standard equipment. A new energy-saving auto climate control system called S-Flow uses the occupant-detection system to focus airflow only to the front area where passengers are actually seated, a first-in-class technology. A next-generation Remote Touch with one-push confirmation is standard on all models and enables smooth, intuitive operation of climate, audio and phone controls as well as use of the navigation system and more. A standard reversing camera helps add security and convenience.

The finely crafted cabin detail is complemented by ambient lighting that unobtrusively welcomes and guides the user into the vehicle, providing a carefully designed experience. New white LED lights are sequentially lit to illuminate the areas around the doors, centre console and footwells. A new analogue clock, carved from an ingot, adds an unexpected touch.

Cabin materials include three types of wood and meticulously detailed contrast stitching is used as a visual accent around the interior to create a rich, tailored interior space. In addition to enhanced braking systems and an impact-absorbing body structure, the new GS offers significant advances in both passive and active safety systems as standard equipment.

Among the class-leading 10 airbags in the new GS, there are knee airbags for both driver and front passenger. Rear seat occupants have seat-mounted side airbags, and all four outboard occupants are equipped with side curtain airbags.

New Whiplash Injury Lessening (WIL) front seats increase the likelihood that occupants will be in the optimum position at the moment of impact, enhancing the protective effect of the seatbelt system. Standard seatbelts with pretensioners with force limiters used for front and outboard rear seats add to occupant protection.

Options include a pre-collision system, which uses the dynamic radar cruise control system to provide early warning of upcoming objects that might result in a collision. The system also uses a first-in-class infrared camera to monitor the driver’s eyes. If the driver is not looking forward when a collision appears imminent, the system will sound a warning sooner than otherwise. If the driver still does not respond and make the appropriate manoeuvre, the system will initiate braking up to two seconds prior to impact, helping to lessen the severity of the collision.

Other available safety systems include a Night Vision System that enhances driver visibility in the dark; Head-Up Display (HUD); a Blind Spot Monitor that helps detect vehicles in rear/side blind spots; and Lane Keep Assist (LKA) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW). GS is the first in its segment to offer LKA with active steering torque to provide a small assistance in maintaining course, while the LDW feature alerts drivers if they begin to drift out of their lane.

Next-generation Lexus multimedia brings a host of standard entertainment and connectivity enhancements, including enhanced Bluetooth capability with automatic phonebook download and streaming audio. GS drivers will get DVD audio and video compatibility, MP3 sound enhancement, 5.1 Surround Sound, and a high-resolution eight-inch central control display centrally located high up in the instrument panel.

Cars fitted with the navigation system will have an industry-first 12.3-inch high-resolution multi-media screen, large enough to support simultaneous, split-screen viewing of a large map display, plus audio, climate or other vehicle information. For the ultimate in audio performance, an 835-watt, 17-speaker Mark Levinson audio system is available. The system provides 7.1 Surround Sound through 10 channels using a new class D Digital amplifier and efficient Green Edge speakers that are lighter, more energy-efficient and have less distortion. The new system produces almost three times as many watts per channel versus the previous generation.

November 2011

GS250 launched

Lexus has revealed a further extension of its all-new GS luxury saloon range with the unveiling of the GS 250. The GS 250 is powered by a 2.5-litre V6 petrol engine with D-4S direct port injection and Dual VVT-i intelligent valve timing. Maximum output is 206bhp at 6,400rpm and peak torque of 253Nm is delivered at 4,800rpm, giving the car nought to 62mph acceleration in 8.6 seconds and a top speed of 142mph. Combined cycle fuel consumption is 31.7mpg and CO2 emissions are 207g/km.

The engine is matched to Lexus’s Super ECT-i close-ratio intelligent six-speed automatic transmission, with a sequential manual shift function. The system has been engineered to deliver faster shift speeds, earlier torque converter lock-up and downshift throttle blips, complimenting a range of different drive modes available through the GS 250’s Drive Mode Select System.

Engine type V6, 24-valve
Capacity (cc) 2,500
Max. power (bhp/kW @ rpm) 206/154 @ 6,400rpm
Max. torque (Nm @ rpm) 253 @ 4,800rpm
Type Six-speed sequential-shift, intelligent Electronically Controlled
(ECT-i) automaticTransmission
Type Discs (front and rear)
Additional features ABS, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Brake Assist, Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management
Overall length (mm) 4,850
Overall width (mm) 1,840
Overall height (mm) 1,455
Wheelbase (mm) 2,850
Luggage capacity (l) 566
(with tyre repair kit)
Acceleration 0-62mph (sec) 8.6
Max. speed (mph) 142
Fuel consumption – combined (mpg) 31.7mpg
CO 2 emissions (g/km) 207

February 2012

As order books open for the all-new GS range, Lexus can announce the sports saloon will be available from £32,995. That is the on-the-road price for the GS 250 SE; the full hybrid GS 450h starts from £44,995 for the Luxury model.

The specification includes 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic bi-xenon headlamps and windscreen wipers, LED daytime running lights and a rear-view camera with parking guide monitor. Cabin comfort is assured with leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control and electrically adjustable front seats (10-way, with memory setting for the driver’s seat) with heating and ventilation functions. The steering wheel is electrically adjustable, too, and incorporates paddle shifts. On-board entertainment is provided by a 12-speaker audio system with CD player, DAB tuner, Bluetooth and USB/Aux ports for connecting personal music players.

Both the GS 250 and full hybrid GS 450h are offered in Luxury and F Sport grade. The former builds on the SE specification with the introduction of 18-inch alloys, front and rear parking sensors, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and an HDD satellite navigation system with Remote Touch controller. Luxury grade also provides a new blind spot detection system integrated into the folding/auto-dimming door mirrors.

F Sport versions of GS make a bolder style statement thanks to 19-inch rims, a boot-lip spoiler and sports-styled bumpers and front grille. In addition to the Luxury specification, the F Sport has bi-xenon headlights with an automatic high beam function, as well Lexus’s Adaptive Front-lighting System, which adjusts the beam direction as the car approaches bends and turns at junctions.

The F Sport look carries through to the cabin with sports pedals and perforated leather-trimmed sports steering wheel and gear knob. The front sports seats gain further adjustment functions – 16-way for the driver, plus four-way lumbar support.

The F Sport benefits from Adaptive Variable Suspension and selectable drive modes plus, on the 450h model, the Lexus Dynamic Handling System, which brings together a comprehensive array of steering and handling features, including Dynamic Rear Steering, electric power steering, Variable Gear Ratio Steering and Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management.

At the top of the range, the GS 450h Premier is fitted with 18-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels and the same bi-xenon headlamp system as the F Sport models. The F Sport’s adaptive suspension and selectable drive modes are also part of the Premier’s specification.

The Premier specification can be taken to another level with the addition of LED headlamps and a preventive safety package featuring Adaptive Cruise Control and Pre-Crash Safety.

Metallic or mica paint is an option across the board, while full-map navigation is available for the GS 250 SE.Nine exterior colours are available for SE, Luxury and Premier versions of the new GS: Arctic Pearl, Sonic Silver, Velvet Black, Mercury Grey, Meteor Blue, Crimson Red, Atlantic Blue, Celestial Black and, for GS 450h only, Obsidian Black.

The F Sport models have a different range of colours: Arctic Pearl, Sonic Silver, Velvet Black, Mercury Grey and Crimson Red. In the cabin SE and Luxury models have gloss black dash inserts, with aluminium used for the F Sport; Walnut, Ebony or Bamboo wood trims are used in the GS450h Premier, according to the choice of leather upholstery shade. There are six leather colours, with a Garnet red exclusive to the F Sport.

April 2013

GS300h emitting under 110g/km CO2 shown. The Lexus 300h competes at the heart of the premium executive market, with a focus on fleet and business customers. Its rear-wheel drive powertrain features a 2.5-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine with D-4S direct injection technology, and a compact, powerful electric motor. Lexus’s target of CO2 emissions below 110g/km makes the GS 300h one of the most efficient models in its class. The GS 300h joined Lexus’s UK model range late 2013.

January 2015

Lexus GS F saloon announced

GS F shares same platform as the Lexus GS, but benefits from extensive enhancements throughout, including the powertrain. This features a naturally aspirated 5.0-litre V8 engine that produces 467HP (348kW) at 7,100rpm and peak torque of 527Nm between 4,800 and 5,600rpm in the US market version. The engine can operate in both the Otto and Atkinson combustion cycles to optimise power or efficiency according to driving conditions. It will be matched to an eight-speed automatic gearbox with a manual shift function.

Lexus’s Torque Vectoring Differential, which debuted in the RC F is part of the GS F’s standard specification, helping define its handling quality. It will operate in three different modes: -

  • Standard (default), for a balance of agility and firmness
  • Slalom, emphasising nimble steering response and agility
  • Track, delivering stability in high-speed circuit driving

The GS F’s monocoque chassis features structural reinforcements and an exclusive suspension package designed to optimise the car’s handling capabilities and ride quality. Drivers can anticipate stable, smooth performance on the open road and rewarding handling when tackling challenging routes or circuit driving.

With a 1,830kg kerb weight, the GS F is set to be the lightest model in its class.

Preliminary specifications (US market)

Overall length (mm)


Overall width (mm)


Overall height (mm)


Wheelbase (mm)


Track – front (mm)


Track – rear (mm)


Kerb weight (kg)



Front 19in x 9J

Rear 19in x 10J


Front 255/35R19

Rear 275/35R19

August 2015

Lexus GS refreshed for 2016

Gets new look and higher equipment specifications from autumn 2015, including Lexus Safety System+ advanced package of driver assistance and safety systems.

Lexus spindle grille flanked by new LED headlights. New front bumper and valence. New machined-finish wheel designs have been produced, together with new interior trim options and exterior colour choices.

Standard Lexus Safety System+ combines a Pre-Crash Safety system with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Keep Assist, Adaptive High Beam System, Traffic Sign Recognition and All-Speed Active Cruise Control that tracks the speed of the vehicle travelling in front and adjusts the GS's speed setting accordingly to help maintain a preset distance. It’s sophisticated enough to adjust acceleration and deceleration smoothly when a vehicle enters or exits the lane or road ahead.

Using a combination of millimetre-wave radar and a front-facing camera, the Pre-Crash Safety system can help detect vehicles – and in some circumstances, pedestrians. It can warn the driver of a possible collision and can initiate automatic braking with Brake Assist if necessary.

Lane Keep Assist uses a camera to scan lane markings on the road surface and triggers audio-visual alerts and vibrates the steering wheel if it determines that the car has unintentionally deviated from its lane. It also generates steering assist to help the driver return the car to its correct course.

Traffic Sign Recognition monitors the road ahead and recognises principal warning or command signs, such as temporary speed limits on motorways, and projects the information on the head up display in front of the driver.

October 2016

Adaptive Variable Suspension made standard feature on the GS F performance models. To accommodate the new technology, a number of changes have been made to vehicle systems including the Torque Vectoring Differential (where fitted) and Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM). If Lexus’s Pre-Crash Safety system is fitted, AVS control is used to adjust the damping force of the shock absorbers, improving the vehicle’s responsiveness if a high collision risk is detected.

New colour of Cadoxton Slate introduced to the GS F.

December 2016

5.0-litre V8-powered GS F saloon now equipped with Adaptive Variable Suspension as standard.

Driver-selectable, electronic AVS monitors and controls the damping force at each wheel, adjusting instantaneously to ensure handling stability and ride comfort according to road conditions and the driver’s preferences. The system uses sensors that constantly monitor parameters such as G-forces, yaw rate and vehicle speed. Based on this, the AVS can adjust the level of damping force through 30 levels, ensuring optimum control on all road surfaces. This marks a significant refinement in operation compared to Lexus’s previous system, which spanned nine operating levels.

When cornering, the AVS applies increased damping force in response to steering input, yaw rate and vehicle attitude to provide pinpoint handling and suppress body roll through the turn. On rough surfaces, damping force is reduced to help absorb vibrations and keep the ride smooth and comfortable. In all, the system has seven damping force control strategies that include anti-dive and anti-squat. It also works to keep the car composed under heavy braking and acceleration.

The AVS has been linked to the cars’ Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) and Drive Mode Select control. The instrument display has been revised to show when the driver has selected Sports AVS.

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