Lexus GS 350 New Chapter in the History of Lexus
Lexus unveiled the new Lexus GS 350 at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in California. 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.
The new Lexus GS 350 will be launched in early 2012, including hybrid and F-Sport versions. For the UK there will be the Lexus GS 350 450h full hybrid and GS 250 petrol engined derivatives. Details will be announced later this year.
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.
Lexus GS 350 multimedia brings a host of standard entertainment and connectivity enhancements, including enhanced Bluetooth® capability with automatic phonebook download and streaming audio.
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 EdgeTM speakers that are lighter, more energy-efficient and have less distortion. Lexus GS 350 system produces almost three times as many watts per channel versus the previous generation.