Next-Gen 2012 Lexus GS Mule Spotted!

At long last, the first spy-shots of the next-generation Lexus GS have been published after a prototype-mule was spotted in Germany:

Next-Generation Lexus GS 2012 Front
2012 Lexus GS Rear

Admittedly, with the shell of the current GS covering much of the action, there’s not much to go on — one thing that’s clear from the taped-up fenders is that the next-gen GS will be sitting on a wider platform, and judging from the wheel placement, it looks as though the wheelbase has been extended slightly. Both of these changes would go far in addressing the lack of space in the current GS.

Along with the spy shots, there’s been some speculation on what might be powering the next-gen GS range, including what might be under the hood of the expected GS-F, but at this point there’s nothing really solid to go on. But, as long as we’re guessing, I’m going to go for: GS 250, GS 350, GS 460h, & a GS-F with a 500hp+ version of the IS-F’s 5.0L V8.

[Source: Inside Line]

Update: Astute TLE reader Pattebb pointed out that there are two GS mules running around, the one above and another that’s sporting some large exhaust cutouts:

Another Next-Gen Lexus GS mule

More photos of this second prototype can be seen on Autoblog.