• Aug 31, 2006

Pricing is in for the Lexus GS!

Lexus is goin' for the gold with its GS 350, bulking up the power and perks without bulking up the price (much). The brand's GS 350 model, with its 303 hp V6, is more powerful than even the outgoing V8 model by 13 hp and beats out its predecessor by 58 hp. It also sports the more powerful brakes of its V8-packed big brother as well as the new navigation system seen in the IS lineup, which allows drivers to set locations through voice commands on the fly.

Moonroofs come standard with the 2007 GS lineup, and with that factored in, the price is the same as the outgoing model -- the GS 350 will go for $44,150, the GS 350 AWD will cost $46,100, and the GS 430 will MSRP at $52,375, an increase of 2.3 percent, 2.2 percent and 1.9 percent respectively.

Thanks to Eric for the tip.

[Source: Lexus]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      Lexus has great potential, but there are two issues hampering it most.

      1. Lexus is too focused on entry level models. ES, IS and RX. In other words it is bottom heavy, not top heavy like mercedes. Lexus should get rid of ES, which is a lazy, clumsy brand slayer.

      2. Lexus should stop cut-rate pricing which is ruining its image in US and hampering its growth in europe and japan. LS 460 should be priced head-to-head with Audi A8 and its content should match S550. That will solve the cut-rate problem to some extent. Over next 5-6 years it should bring the price of LS 460 in line with BMW 7-series, model for model.

      Finally, Lexus should hire some good designers who are experts in sexy styling.

      IS has some sexiness so its selling well.

      GS looks hideous and not sexy and lithesome so its sales are rapidly falling. Besides the big sized ES is not allowing GS to prosper since they view ES as a money saver version of GS.

      Besides ES is not competing with anyone, not 3-series, not C-class, not A4. May be town car.

      Lexus should let toyota manage ES as a high end camry and get rid of ES absolutely from the line-up. This will let buyers get attracted to GS even though its more expensive.

      Lexus should also introduce a top end V12 and label it as LS 700 with 600 hp, so that LS will become three model line-up.

      1. LS 460
      2. LS 600h L
      3. LS 700 with V12 power.

      hybrid fitting in between just like camry-hybrid with 190 hp is fitting between 150 hp 4-cyl and 268 hp 6-cyl version.

      If this prescription is not followed lexus will seriously damage its brand.
      Michael
      • 8 Years Ago
      the new GS350 is better than BMW, Infiniti, Acura, Audi, Mercedes, and etc. Its trouble free, effortless acceleration, great quality materials and fit and finish, plus, above all the germans, its a bargain at 44K!!!!!! so go figure
      • 8 Years Ago
      Biggest news in this release:

      All models appear to have a cut-off switch for the VDIMenhanced stability control system.

      Sounds like all the criticism had an impact.
      • 8 Years Ago
      WHy on earth? The answer to that is simple.

      SO that those who want a better V12 can easily defect from the germans to Lexus.

      You cannot stop V12 buyers from burning gas. So why not make a more efficienct V12. And Toyota is a good choice for this assignment. They already have a V12 sitting in Japan. Why not update it and bring it here.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Dennis, MSRP for the base Cadillac STS--the GS350's only domestic competitor--is $41,825. The STS V6 AWD goes for $43,725, and the STS V8 is $51,245.

      Sure, that's $1,000-$3,000 less than the GS, depending on model, but the GS offers more standard equiupment (wood trim, 6-disc CD changer, heated seats, wireless cell phone link, etc) and will be worth more at trade-in time.

      Don't get me wrong, I love Cadillac's CTS, the STS isn't half-bad, and the GS certainly isn't the best car in its segment. But I don't see how buyers are getting "less for more" here, especially considering what the Euro brands charge.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I am surprised they didn't upgrade the V8 to the new 4.6L from the LS.
      • 8 Years Ago
      More competition for the Select Comfort Mattress Sleep Number 5000. What's your sleep number?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Dennis - When will you see the rationale for your comment is your xenophobic nature. It is not because they are stealing american jobs. If you like domestic cars, buy them. Leave people to buy what they want.
      • 8 Years Ago
      One thing the styling is still boring just like the LS so who cares!
      • 8 Years Ago
      re: Lexus installing cut-offs for VDIM in the IS, GS and LS

      Isnt it nice to know that a manufacturer listens to its audience. Lexus listened to complaints, and the very next model year, acted on them. Is I-Drive still around?...... (sorry, I couldnt resist)
      • 8 Years Ago
      "12. Whydrive, do you know cars? I own Lexus, MB and BMW. BMW is fun to drive, Lexus is luxurious, MB is some of both but Lexus is the most trouble free."

      ctsang, I have to say by your own description whydrive does indeed know cars :-)

      ie: the lexus is the most luxurious that ='s sleep # 5000 (in a good way I assume)
      • 8 Years Ago
      lemme get this straight... the GS350 has more horsepower and the exact same 0-60 as the GS430??? seems like a GS460 will be soon to debut
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