Pre-Launch: The all-new 2012 Lexus GS hybrid and GS 350 F Sport

Written by Cheryl Tay on . Posted in Cheryl Tay News | Latest Industry News


All_New_2012_GS_Press_Release_Page_1Building on the excitement of the fourth-generation GS, Lexus introduces the GS Hybrid and GS 350 F Sport package to provide customers a new and exciting blend of performance and precision. The full GS lineup, including GS 350, GS Hybrid and F Sport will be available in Singapore from early 2012.


“The all new GS Hybrid is a hybrid of its own class, with impeccable handling and acceleration like no other mid luxury sedan. The GS 350 with F Sport package on the other hand will offer our customers a sportier and exhilarating performance that will please our enthusiasts. The introduction of this range of GS will mark a new milestone for the Lexus brand moving forward.” said Klaus Redomske, Marketing Director, Borneo Motors (Singapore) Pte Ltd.


The GS Hybrid incorporates improvements to its full hybrid powertrain and is equipped with a second generation Lexus Hybrid Drive system, where engineers have aimed for significant reductions in fuel consumption and emissions, while providing an exhilarating performance.


For the GS 350 F Sport, it was designed to engage driving enthusiasts with the ability to take performance to an entirely new level. This will offer our customers a more agile drive and a sportier appearance for the new 2012 model.



Up to 30% Better Fuel Efficiency, Lower Emissions & Maximised Luggage Space


With a total system power output of 338 hp, the GS 450h will accelerate effortlessly from 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds. Conversely, fuel consumption is expected to be improved by more than 30 percent. The GS 450h is targeting certification as a Super-Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle II (SULEV II). The new GS hybrid also features a Drive Mode selector. In addition to the Normal mode, the driver can customize the driving experience using Eco, Sport S, Sport S+ and EV modes.


Adapted specifically for the full hybrid powertrain and a first for premium performance sedans, the second generation Lexus Hybrid Drive system adopts a 3.5-litre V6, DOHC engine that benefits from several technical improvements including the adoption of the Atkinson Cycle engine designed to optimize the fuel-efficient benefits of Lexus Hybrid Drive.


In addition, the battery layout has been redesigned to maximise luggage space, allowing the 2012 GS 450h to have much more cargo area than the previous generation GS 300 and GS Hybrid. This allows the luggage space to fit up to four golf bags.



Exceptional Handling & Performance


As with the GS 350, the GS 350 with F Sport package is powered by an advanced 3.5-liter V6, with four cams, and four valves per cylinder and dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence. At 306 horsepower, it is one of the most powerful base engines in the segment, as well as the only one with both port and direct injection. It propels the car from 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds and at the same time, fuel economy has been improved.


The acceleration and improved engine sound characteristics complement the bolder, more energetic personality of the new GS. The six-speed sequential shift automatic transmission has paddle shifters and sport driving functions as standard equipment.


The transmission incorporates many features adopted from the Lexus IS F high-performance sedan — including faster shifts, and downshift throttle blips — to support four driving modes that can be operated by toggling the Lexus Drive Mode selector.


All_New_2012_GS_Press_Release_Page_3_-_CopyThe GS 350 with F Sport package will offer the newly developed Lexus Dynamic Handling (LDH) system with Dynamic Rear Steering (DRS) for those seeking more agility. This leading edge platform technology offers Lexus’ first integration of DRS; Electric Power Steering (EPS); and Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS). Monitoring vehicle speed, steering direction and driver inputs, the system calculates the optimum angle for all four wheels. LDH helps to optimize the vehicle slip angle. Using VGRS in the front and DRS in the rear, the system can independently manage both front and rear wheel steering angles to help improve turn-in response, rear grip, vehicle control and overall agility when cornering.


The latest generation of Lexus’ unique Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) system coordinates Lexus Dynamic Handling; the Anti-lock Braking System; Traction Control; Vehicle Stability Control; and Adaptive Variable Suspension. Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) helps front and rear wheel control and provides agile, sharp and confident driving behaviour with a more direct response to the driver’s actions. The LDH system monitors vehicle speed and yaw rate, steering angle and speed, as well as lateral G to calculate the required rear wheel steering input, to a maximum DRS angle of 2.0 degrees. At most speeds below 50 mph the front and rear wheels turn in opposite directions. In certain conditions at speeds over 50 mph, the front and rear wheels turn in the same direction.


All_New_2012_GS_Press_Release_Page_3Further coordinating DRS with VGRS and AVS, the Lexus Dynamic Handling system will automatically customize the adaptive suspension tuning and active safety systems to suit road conditions, vehicle speed and driving style, giving drivers the confidence to fully utilize the exceptional driving performance of the GS with the F Sport package.

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Singapore’s only female full-time motoring and motorsports photojournalist. Independent automotive consultant and prominent local motorsports personality Cheryl Tay is uniquely passionate about all things cars and motorsports. She also has a strong passion to share her interest and knowledge, hence having a dream to become the ‘Oprah Winfrey of cars and motorsports’ and create a multimedia platform for her sharing. - A female in a male-dominated world, Cheryl Tay is Singapore’s only female full-time motoring journalist and motorsports blogger and she regularly writes for prominent titles in Singapore, Asia and internationally. (See full list of titles that Cheryl Tay writes for here.)

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