After first making it’s appearance at Concours D’Elegance in Pebble Beach, California the 2016 Lexus GS travels across the pond to Frankfurt, Germany. Proudly displaying its F sport trim to European auto enthusiast is the Lexus GS 200t along side with the GS 350 and GS 450h.
The 2016 GS models received more than a dramatic front bumper and grille to house the updated Bi-LED headlamps. The rear of the sporty luxury sedan also gets a little nip-tuck on the bumper and updated rear combination lamps with LED turn indicators. Lexus’ mid-cycle refresh of the GS 350 and addition of the GS 200t will offer more interior trims and exterior colors. More note-worthy, are the changes that have come to the GS’ technology and powertrain.
Technology inside the new GS also gets a some revitalization. Added to the instrument panel is a 4.2-inch Thin Film Transistor (TFT) LCD screen. The Remote Touch Interface (RTI) stays somewhat the same with the exception of an enter and back button added – much like that on the 2016 ES 350/300h and soon to come 2016 RX 350. Driver’s will still be able to interact with a large infotainment display with a few more features such as updated graphics and the ability to display maps in full screen mode across the 12.3-inch Hi-Resolution screen.
Nearly half of the luxury automobiles sold in the United States carry a 4 cylinder, turbo engine. Noting this, and with the new Lexus turbo that powers the NX 200t, Lexus has transplanted the engine into the GS. Paired with an 8-speed transmission, the 2.0-liter turbo gives drivers 241 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque while getting about 3 mpg better fuel economy than the GS 350. The powertrain of the GS 350 has received some small tweaks giving the sedan additional horsepower and torque.