Autocar Reviews the Lexus GS 250 F Sport

Lexus GS 250 F Sport

Autocar has posted a review of the Lexus GS 250 F Sport, a car I didn’t even know existed until yesterday:

Perhaps the real highlight of this car is the engine. It’s got a suitably rorty exhaust note and revs nicely throughout its powerband. But while the engine is the high, the six-speed automatic it is mated to is the biggest disappointment.

It feels genuinely refreshing to drive a naturally aspirated V6 petrol engine in a car in the GS’s class, especially at the range’s entry point.

It was hard not to feel some nervousness when Lexus announced they would be going with a 2.5L V6 in the GS — at first blush, it wouldn’t seem to be enough power — so Autocar naming it as the highlight of the car has a certain significance. Even their obligatory mention of “no diesel engine” is surprisingly complimentary:

While Lexus may suffer in the market with no diesel as the decision to offer no engine smaller than this one will prevent many potential sales, those who still crave a genuinely good-to-drive saloon with a part-time sporty edge – and a V6 petrol engine under the bonnet – should add the new GS to their shopping list.

One thing that the online review doesn’t show is the final rating — the GS 250 F Sport received 4/5 stars.

Read the full Autocar GS 250 Review (Thanks Radek & Wooski!)