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Next exec from Lexus

12 April 2005

The new Lexus GS executive car goes on sale this week priced from £30,400.

Four models are available in the range from the entry-level 245bhp GS300 to the 279bhp £46,755 GS430.

Base models use a 245bhp 3.0 V6 and feature 10 airbags, keyless entry and ignition, a six-CD in-dash auto-changer, cruise control, climate control, electric windows, electrically adjustable, folding and heated door mirrors, electric front seats, headlamp washers and 17-inch alloy wheels

The £35,900 GS300 SE and £38,000 GS300 SE-L use the same engine but include more equipment. The SE has a DVD satellite-navigation system, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, an extra pair of airbags for rear-seat passengers, and memory settings for the front seats and door mirrors. The SE-L also has a sunroof, 18-inch alloy wheels and an upgraded stereo system.

The 279bhp 4.3-litre V8 GS430 crowns the range. Equipment is based on the SE-L model but also includes an adaptive cruise control system that can maintain a safe distance from the car in front. The system can also detect when a collision is unavoidable and prepare seatbelts and brakes in a bid to minimise injuries.

Lexus GS
Price range: £30,400 to £46,755
Can I get a discount?: You certainly won’t get one initially, and if the old GS is anything to go by you never will
Rivals: Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, Jaguar S-type, Mercedes

Engine 245bhp 3.0-litre V6
0-62mph 7.2sec
Top speed 148mph
Monthly company car tax bill for lower/higher rate earner From £332 to £416
Combined economy (average mpg) 28.8mpg

Engine 279bhp 4.3-litre V8
0-62mph 6.1sec
Top speed 155mph
Monthly company car tax bill for higher rate earner £543
Combined economy (average mpg) 24.8mpg

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