Top Gear Drives the 2012 Lexus GS 450h

2012 Lexus GS 450h

Just to keep the reviews going, Top Gear Magazine also spent some time behind the wheel of the next-generation GS 450h — here’s what they had to say about the drive:

Lexus has thrown an almighty host of chassis tech at this car – from adaptive damping to an optional four-wheel steer system (which, like that in the Renault Laguna, turns the rear wheels in the opposite direction to the fronts at low speed to improve agility and tighten the turning circle, but turns the rears in the same direction as the rears at high speed for better stability) and the results are impressive.

The GS’s trademark body roll is controlled and you can push it much harder before it eventually succumbs to anguished tyre squeal. There’s little feedback from the steering – hardly unusual for this class of car – but the turn-in is far, far sharper than the current car’s. The most noticeable improvement is that the new GS, unlike its predecessor, doesn’t try to plough its nose into the road under heavy braking.

The only thing they could find to complain about was the steering wheel, which in itself is the biggest compliment I’ve ever seen Top Gear give a Lexus — in fact, with some of the brand’s biggest detractors struggling to find fault the new GS, I have to think this car is truly the real deal. Can’t wait to see it without the camouflage.

Read the full Lexus GS 450h Review in Top Gear Magazine (Thanks Mihai)!