More than a few comments from the past few days have focused on the looks of the new GS. While they might not be the most stunning lines ever designed, the GS does have a very masculine profile that no longer falls years behind the competition as the old model did. The rakish roofline is very similar to the new Mercedes CLS500 and adds a touch of class to the car. The real design flaws lie in the front end. The headlights should meet up with the hood's natural lines right above the smaller inner lights. Those smaller lights should also exhibit the sharper edges of the larger ones. Why have to different shapes going on? Then there are the two grills. The larger one with the L has vertical black grill bars. While the lower opening has a criss-crossed pattern. The lines on the hood, the profile and the rear are very attractive but Lexus really missed the mark on the statement making front end.
That said, on Saturday night we hit the town and went to a new play and then dinner afterwards in a hip part of Chicago. The GS was definitely noticed and we fit in nicely with all the other luxury cars on the street.
This is what the car is built for. I don?t care what performance numbers people point to, the GS is made for a soft ride that delivers a chauffeured feel when you hit the road. At those moments the GS is perfect. And actually we sped around town pretty easily with little care in the base model. I don?t feel any lack of power, even though getting off the line is met by some slight hesitation. The handling isn?t firm but not overly mushy either. I like a lot more response from my steering wheels, but again, that is not who this car is marketed to.