2012 Lexus GS 250
Lexus has unveiled the GS 250 at the Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition.
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. The power is satisfying – 210PS (154 kW) at 6400RPM and 253Nm (187 lb-ft) at 4800RPM. 0 to 100 km/h in 8.6 seconds and a top speed of 228 km/h (142 mph). The engine returns 31.7 mpg on combined cycle with emissions – 207 g/km of CO2. The power unit is mated to a Super ECT-i close-ratio intelligent 6-speed automatic transmission, with a sequential manual shift function.
Compared the current GS, the new model has a more spacious interior, with notably more head and legroom for rear seat passengers. It will be offered with a range of new technology features, including a 12.3" multimedia screen – the largest on the market. It will be available with a new S-flow air conditioning system with nanoe air purifying technology, and a new Mark Levinson audio system with up to 17 speakers.
The new GS is 14% more rigid and has front and rear suspension revisions and an optimised seating position for the driver. The driver can also adjust vehicle behaviour to suit road conditions and driving preferences using the Drive Mode Select. This gives the option of Eco, Normal and Sport S modes, while versions equipped with Adaptive Variable Suspension offer a further Sport S+ mode for even more dynamic performance.
Safety provisions will include Lexus's advanced Pre-Crash Safety system, combined with Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management, and a series of other systems designed to reduce the risk of an accident, including Lane Keep Assist, Blind Spot Monitor and Lexus Night View.
The new GS 250 will be launched in the UK at the same time as the full hybrid GS 450h in June 2012; the range will include a performance-themed F Sport version. Further details will be announced nearer the time of launch. Check out the specs, below!
2012 Lexus GS 250 Specs:
|Engine type||V6, 24-valve|
|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|
|Luggage capacity (l)||566 (with tyre repair kit)|
|Acceleration 0-62mph (sec)||8.6|
|Max. speed (mph)||142|
|Fuel consumption – combined (mpg)||31.7mpg|
|CO2 emissions (g/km)||207|