Since its launch in spring 2005, the all-new third-generation GS has been a successful standard bearer for Lexus’s advances in individual style, refined performance, innovative safety and advanced technology. The British International Motor Show provides the platform for the introduction of a new version that develops the model’s appeal even further, the GS Limited Edition (LE).
Customers will have to move quickly to take advantage of its great style, specification and value, as availability is restricted to just 250 units, making it one of the most exclusive Lexus models yet sold in the UK.
Taking the current GS 300 SE as its starting point, it features a series of additional, distinctive exterior and interior style enhancements. On the outside, the new LE is distinguished by body styling elements that emphasise the car’s strong dynamic look. They include 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, an aerodynamic boot lip spoiler, extended side skirts and a front spoiler.
Luxury is the keynote for the interior, with soft grey perforated leather upholstery, dark wood inserts for the doors and centre console and custom-designed floor mats, exclusive to the LE grade.
These items are in addition to a superior equipment specification that includes DVD-based satellite navigation with touch-screen operation; Smart Entry and Start; Bluetooth connectivity; electrically adjustable front seats with memory settings and integrated heating and ventilation functions; digital climate control air conditioning; High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights with Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) for improved illumination through bends; 10-speaker sound system with in-dash six-disc CD autochanger; Park Assist Monitor and rear parking sensors; cruise control; automatic windscreen wipers; and a full suite of occupant airbags, including rear side airbags.
Power is provided by Lexus’s 245bhp (249 DIN hp) 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine, which gives nought to 62mph acceleration in 7.2 seconds and a top speed of 148mph. In combined cycle driving this unit returns 28.8mpg, while the official carbon dioxide emissions rating is 232g/km. A close-ratio six-speed eletronically controlled automatic transmission is fitted as standard.
The GS 300 LE is available exclusively in Aleutian Grey metallic for the exterior, with the interior finished in toning light Grampian Grey. It is on sale from 18 July, priced £37,350 on the road.Published 21 July 2006