Vintage Top Gear Review of the 1993 Lexus GS 300


This brief 1993 Top Gear review of the first-generation Lexus GS 300 is a great illustration at just how far both the show and the car have come:

What a brutal review — I’m pretty sure Quentin Willson didn’t have a single positive thing to say about the GS 300 outside of its price.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/RDS.Alphard Yong Thian Ding

    I’ve just realize Aristo & GS is quite rare in my area , only one 1st gerenation , about 3 2nd generation & around 10 3rd generation only … people here are more into something like Benz & Bimmer .

  • Leririr

    That car had to have been really lousy! Was this just a rebadged Toyota?
    The same program – same tester - did a test of The LS 400 with top-results.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1Z3dtx5hSY

  • MooN

    1 week to go…

  • Tim_RIR

    Damn, she is hot!!!!  I’ll be watching this again with some lotion. :D

  • Tim_RIR

    Damn, she is hot!!!!  I’ll be watching this again with some lotion. :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/RDS.Alphard Yong Thian Ding

    Nice to see Jeremy Clarkson with lots of hairs … XD

  • http://lexusenthusiast.com krew

    Haha — wha?

  • Anonymous

    What a coincidence, I was just reading the owner’s manual of this car yesterday. It’s still a decent looker & was designed by Italdesign, not merely some ‘computers’ as Quentin Wilson says. Note that this GS came with fully power adjustable seats, steering & mirrors but no memory function which is now available in every Lexus, I think. Says a lot about progress…

  • Anonymous

    I have this episode of TG, Wilson gave the 1998 LS400 a great review which was also accompanied by the Mark 2 GS300. I guess the Mark 1 GS was hastily conceived just to fill the price slot of the original LS400 which was increasing & probably to compete with the BMW 5-series.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, and she’s about 20 years older now.. ;-)

  • Anonymous

    ….Also this GS is based on the Jaguar Kensington concept sedan by Italdesign which was rejected by Jaguar & given to Lexus.

  • http://www.facebook.com/clarenee Clarence Chu

    The JZS14x was a hasty rebadge. It was a JDM Toyota thru & thru.

  • fordlex

    A great car. Great design. Mine has over 200 000 miles on it