Lexus GS review - the alternative executive car choice - Performance and 0-60 time

Japanese executive saloons offer a different take on the Germanic norm, with mixed success

Evo rating
Price
from £31,495
  • Handsome; well equipped; GS 300h low on CO2; GS F high on individuality
  • No diesels to truly compete with the class-leaders; hybrids an acquired taste

The hybrid drive in the GS isn’t exclusively about economy, Lexus suggesting that the batteries and electric motors mimic the performance of bigger engines without the penalty of higher consumption and emissions. That said, the 9.2 seconds it takes for the GS 300h to reach 62mph seems a touch tardy given that the 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine and electric motor have a combined output of 220bhp. The top speed of 119mph might leave you a bit embarrassed on the autobahn, too.

The GS 450h counters with a far more convincing set of numbers. It has 354bhp from its combined 3.5-litre V6 and electric motor making for a far more respectable, quick even, 5.3-second run on the 0-62mph benchmark. It’ll reach 155mph to keep it in the running to the point where its German rivals all reach their electronic speed limiters - assuming they’ve not been fiddled with. 

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to our exclusive new offer and SAVE 39% on the shop price, get evo for its original cover price of £3.00 an issue, plus get a FREE gift worth £20!

Perhaps more significantly here the GS 300h offers greater battery-only performance. In EV mode it can reach 46mph, which is nearly double that of the GS 450h. In neither you’ll do so for long though, as the nickel-metal hydride batteries run out of juice after just two thirds of a mile, if that…

If performance is your sole concern, the recently-launched GS F is your best option. While its rewards aren't as immediately accessible as those of turbocharged equivalents, it'll still reach 62mph in 4.6sec, and head on to an electronically-limited 168mph.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/honda/civic-type-r/202099/honda-civic-type-r-limited-edition-revealed-amongst-range-wide-updates
Honda Civic Type-R

Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition revealed amongst range-wide updates

Our hopes have been addressed and more, as Honda launches two more Civic Type R versions at the top and tail of the range
20 Feb 2020
Visit/porsche/cayman/202238/porsche-cayman-gts-40-2020-review-a-cut-price-cayman-gt4
Porsche Cayman

Porsche Cayman GTS 4.0 2020 review - a cut-price Cayman GT4? 

The 2020 Porsche Cayman GTS 4.0 regains its flat-six and therefore top-billing in the class. It’s a brilliant package for those whom a GT4 is a bit to…
16 Feb 2020
Visit/bmw/3-series/202267/new-bmw-m340d-xdrive-saloon-and-touring-revealed-with-516lb-ft-of-torque
BMW 3 Series

New BMW M340d xDrive Saloon and Touring revealed

BMW has released its range-topping black pump 3-series models, with a predictably impressive torque figure
20 Feb 2020
Visit/hyundai/i30-n-hatchback/201775/hyundai-i30-n-versus-hyundai-i30-tcr
Hyundai i30 N hatchback

Hyundai i30 N versus Hyundai i30 TCR

Can Dickie Meaden beat Steve Sutcliffe in a straight(ish) race? We sent them to the Circuit Nuvolari with a pair of Hyundai i30 Ns to find out.
20 Sep 2019