Lexus face-lifts GS range

* Changes to whole range * 342bhp V8 engine in new GS 460 * Costs from 33,100 to 50,500...

Lexus face-lifts GS range

Lexus has given its GS executive car a face-lift, and has also added a new model to the range.

All-new V8 model
The biggest change is the addition of the new GS460, which replaces the GS430.

The GS460 has a new 342bhp 4.6-litre V8 petrol engine, which is matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The powertrain means the car can accelerate from 0-62mph in 5.8sec and go on to a limited top speed of 155mph. Fuel consumption is 25.7mpg and carbon dioxide emissions are 258g/km, putting it in the highest tax band.

GS460 cars have a 14-speaker Mark Levinson stereo, satellite-navigation, Bluetooth phone system and a six-DVD autochanger.

The car costs 50,500.

Changes to all GS models
The GS now has subtly restyled front and rear bumpers, a chrome surround for the grille, new door mirrors with integrated indicators, and new door handles.

There are also new 17-inch alloy wheels for the GS300 and GS300 SE, and new 18-inch wheels for the GS300 SE-L and GS460.

In the cabin, GS460, GS450h and SE-L models have upgraded leather upholstery, and all cars have an input jack for connecting iPods to the car's stereo.

To improve the GS's driving characteristics and improve efficiency, all models also have retuned shock absorbers and springs, and revised underbody aerodynamics.

GS300 33,100
GS300 SE 38,000
GS300 SE-L 40,290
GS460 50,500
GS450h 39,965
GS450h SE 43,140
GS450h SE-L45,085