Turbo power for new Lexus GS 200t
Lexus got their 2016 off to a good start with the launch of the all-new RX luxury SUV, and now this: an updated Lexus GS 200t that features a more striking design and a new 2-litre turbo engine carried over from NX and IS 200t.
Stepping into the luxury saloon occupants are met with a feeling of space in abundance, according to Lexus. The dashboard takes on a more dynamic shape and features redesigned air vents and an analogue clock that automatically adjusts time according to the on-board GPS.
The centre console now features aluminium knobs for the audio and the climate control section adopts a high-contrast, Electro Luminescent Display (ELD) for improved visibility.
The biggest talking point regarding the refreshed 2016 Lexus GS is the adoption of a new 2-litre turbo engine. This engine delivers 180kW and 380Nm and will haul the big car from 0 – 100 km/h in 7.3 seconds, onto a top speed of 230 km/h. Figures slightly off the GS 350 which does it in 6.0 seconds and a top speed of 232km/h.
This new Lexus GS 200t EX is positioned to strike a balance between performance and efficiency, giving owners the best of both worlds when they need it. In addition to the Lexus GS 200t EX, Lexus will retain the GS 350 F-Sport. This car features a 3,5-litre V6 engine and, just like the GS 200t EX, will send drive to the 19-inch Alloy wheels via an eight-speed auto’ box.
The revised GS range had its coil springs recalibrated, ensuring that both the front and rear suspension give occupants optimal comfort. Underneath the car the bottom edge of the bumper has been moved forward by 10 mm to adjust the volume of air passing underneath the car. The body of the GS has also been strengthened, as well as sound-proofing the cabin even more.
Safety is an aspect Lexus made sure the GS range does not skimp on and ensured that the 2016 rendition of its flagship sedan play that part well. A host of Driver Support Systems come as standard, including Tyre Pressure Monitor, Park Distance Control, and Hill Assist Control, to mention a few.
The Lexus GS 200t EX and GS 350 F-Sport come standard with a 4 year/100 000 km Service Plan and a Lexus Distance Plan Plus. Both cars will retail for R688 600 and R777 700, respectively.