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2011 Lexus GS Rumors

Motor Trend has some new rumors on the next-generation Lexus GS expected to debut in 2011, including some questionable information on engine specifications that make me doubt their source:

Gone is the current 4.6-liter V-8, replaced by a 2.5-liter V-6—most likely a version of the engine presently found in the IS. The present 3.5-liter V-6 will become the top of the range. About a year after launch, a 2.5-liter hybrid will reportedly be added to the GS lineup.

In contrast, the GS F variant will employ the IS F’s 5.0-liter V-8, but with strategic modifications including revamped ECU and exhaust. Horsepower will reportedly be boosted from 417 hp to as much as 464 hp.

…the GS F will also incorporate a lighter platform and some carbon fiber body parts to get pounds down to a target weight of around 3530 lbs.

Basically, this would equal a GS 250, GS 350, GSh & a GS-F, which means that Lexus’ sports sedan would experience a dramatic performance downshift, and not be offered with a V8 engine except in a F-Sport tuned model. How likely is that?

It’s true that the current GS 460 & GS 450h put out similar performance numbers, and that could make one of the models redundant in the future. And yet, Motor Trend’s lineup eliminates both. The entire lineup would need to hit the proposed 3530 lb weight to make this viable, never mind just the GS-F. I can’t see the IS 250’s engine even being able to move a GS without some drastic weight reduction, and even if it could, I doubt we’ll see a GS 250 in North America.

I don’t believe it for one second.

[Source: Motor Trend]

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  • L
    Lexus Dreams
  • July 2, 2010
GS250 bwahahahaa :-D:-D:-D I would understand the reasoning behind it but that car would seriously suck a$$. Unless they make it a GS250T (turbo) & bump the 204hp 4GR engine up to say, 300+hp. & that would probably compete with the GS with the 2GR (306hp) 204hp is just toooo low for the huge GS body. I doubt it too. Looking forward to the GSF tho (drooling)
  • I
    Infini Driver
  • July 9, 2010
Only valid reason I will ever purchase Lexus GS series is because of the large displacement with V8. Down sizing is not a good idea.
  • C
  • July 28, 2010
Unless you are into stop light drags or other contests, the 204 HP GS is adequately powered. I had one for two years and never felt the need of the power of V8, plus the mileage on the highway was often around 30, not obtainable in a 8 with 6 speeds.
  • A
    Alex W
  • August 3, 2010
@Infini Driver: No one buys the GS 460. They sold so few that it is now special order only. We sell a vast more GS 450h, which are faster, more fuel efficient and about the same price.
  • W
  • August 3, 2010
@Alex W: Sounds like Lexus should've put in the multi-port fuel-injection engine from the LS 460. Although, now, for the next-generation GS, Lexus can provide more astounding stats for the V8 model.
  • W
  • August 3, 2010
@Alex W: It's sort of sad that the second-generation GS was acknowledged for its amazing stopping power, particularly for its time, and suddenly, Lexus sort of stopped with the checklist of amazing "firsts". Even Jezza acknowledged the braking power, which bested a 996. I think that Lexus is in a position to invest in extremely over-engineered cars to get itself back in the game!
MICHAEL 1963, FROM PESCARA, ITALY - Che peccato che in Europa la Lexus non proponga un bel diesel di 2.500-3.000 c.c. sotto la serie “GS”! Basterebbe anche un 4 cilindri di 2.500 c.c. con tanta coppia e almeno 200 cv! Ne venderebbero tante! E’ una macchina molto bella. Io sarei già un potenziale acquirente. Qui in Europa, se le auto del segmento superiore non hanno una motorizzazione diesel adeguata, non fanno grandi numeri sul mercato e la Lexus finora ha perso una grossa opportunità. Speriamo che per il futuro si ravveda! :-D
  • D
  • October 26, 2010
No way to GSF have only 464HP cuz it's car compared with M5, E63 AMG and RS6 than GSF have more than 500HP, nearly 600 like new model M5 (Twin Turbo V8) and RS6 (570HP)
  • A
  • December 29, 2010
204hp is just toooo low for the huge GS body - Thomas sabo