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(February 15, 2005)

2005 Lexus GS - a true luxury sports sedan

Smoother body reduces aerodynamic drag on the new Lexus GS 300

The Lexus GS 300 receives a 3.0L V6

2005 Lexus GS - all new and beautiful as ever

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As car guys working for an automotive publication, we're regularly asked, "Which cars excite you this year?" And while the question is well-intentioned, it's often a difficult one to answer. Does the person want to know about performance cars? Dream cars? Everyday cars? We sat down and asked ourselves which cars were exciting enough to make our "recommendation list," and as a result, we compiled this list of seven cars to watch for 2005:
Based on what we've seen at the auto shows, experienced during the test drives, and read in the media kits, these seven cars strike us as extremely promising for 2005. Enjoy.

2005 Lexus GS 300

Lexus is Japan's US-market luxury brand success story. While Acura and, more recently, Infiniti have made inroads into the territory, it's really Lexus that comes to mind when one thinks of upscale cars from the land of the Rising Sun. Being 'top dog' brings with it some responsibility, however, and Toyota's high-end subsidiary thus bears the burden of remaining at the front of the pack. Fortunately, Lexus has scored home runs with just about every product, from the gussied-up Camry that is the ES330 to the sublime LS430. The revised GS300 and GS430, as shown at Detroit's North American International Auto Show, represent the next salvo in this ongoing battle. Fortunately for what is now America's leading automaker, Lexus' middle sedans look to be winners.

Lexus' GS300 and GS430 have a sporting flair, something in between the IS300 and the LS430. Competing directly with the Infiniti M-series (also new this year), the GS family can be likened to BMW's 5-series and Mercedes' E-Class as well. Great gobs of power, of course, are de rigueur for sedans in this class, and like the aforementioned cars, the GS is available with a V6 or a V8. The 4.3-liter V8 in the GS430 pumps out 300 horsepower and 325 ft/lbs of torque, which should be good for a run to sixty mph in around six seconds--it is, after all, being touted as "the fastest Lexus ever built." Even the healthy 245hp V6 is expected to propel the GS300 to sixty in under 7.5 seconds. Both models feature a close-ratio, six-speed automatic transmission with adaptive programming.

With an eye on the lofty goal of a truly exhilarating driving experience, Lexus debuts its Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management system on the GS. VDM is a next-generation stability control system geared towards allowing the driver to explore the handling limits of the GS. An Adaptive Variable Suspension system with four settings allows the driver to optimize the handling for the conditions at hand. The electronic assistance should be welcome to all but the most experienced drivers, and we expect that Lexus will do excitement as well as it does comfort.

Other technological advances include an upcoming, optional full-time all-wheel-drive system and variable-ratio power steering. Further, Lexus hints that the GS will be the brand's second model to get an available hybrid powertrain.

The exterior of the new GS features an even more rounded, aerodynamic design than the last generation--a venerable model with styling that wore well indeed. Still, the sporting character of the car is carried over, and its slightly sinister visage emphasizes the athletic nature of the beast even more than before. The new GS is longer and looks lower than its predecessor, and the V8 model wears standard 18-inch rubber.

Inside, typical Lexus luxury meets sporty aspirations. Gorgeous wood and leather delight the senses, while brushed metal accents, triple gauges (with some of the slickest lighting you've ever seen), and driver-oriented controls hint at the car's true capabilities. Keyless entry and start--the kind where the fob never leaves your pocket--is standard, as is a tire-pressure monitoring system and Lexus' cool adaptive lights that peek around curves as you saw at the wheel.

The GS comes to market in March, a month prior to the hybrid version of the ever-popular sport-ute, the RX400h. Pricing is expected to be in league with the previous model, a solid value when compared with the German competition.

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