2012 Lexus GS prototype spied for the first time

2012 Lexus GS spied on the ring 13.07.2011
2012 Lexus GS spied on the ring 13.07.2011 / Copyright SB-Medien

Prototype for the next-generation Lexus GS spied testing on the Nurburgring

Our intrepid spy photographers have captured some of the first images of a 2012 Lexus GS prototype doing the testing thing on the Nürburgring.

Through that heavy camo coat we can still spot some details such as the new front and rear lights as well as the mean-looking front bumper.

The 2012 Lexus GS will be going up against the likes of the BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class - stiff competition for the European continent. The new GS will face a much friendlier crowd in the North American market.

The next-generation GS is expected to debut later in the year.

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I have always wondered why everybody is testing their prototypes at the Ring, even the Japanese. Why don't they use their grounds?
Jul 14th, 2011 7:27am
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fQation fQation
Lexus cars = boring , they are comfortable and reliable and thats all ,and if you bring the LFA argument i will ask who own an LFA ? or if you have the money would you rather be in an LFA or a Ferrari italia 458 or a porsche 911 turbo s or an SLS or an R8 V10 ?
Jul 13th, 2011 11:35pm
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need4speed need4speed
long overdue here in n.america!
Jul 13th, 2011 7:25pm
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The 2nd Gen GS(400) kicked the living sh*t out of BMW 540i and Mercedes E420/430.. quicker, better handling, better economy, more comfortable and way more reliable. 3rd gen was a mega flop. It barely evolved while Germans just kept on pulling away and away (E500, E550.. 545i, 550i..). They need some drastic changes. First thing needed is a new power plant. Toyota 3.5L 306HP is a very nice mill, but is now outgunned against BMW's 3.0L Turbo, Audi's 3.0L Supercharged and Infiniti's 3.7L (weakest of the bunch is Merc's 3.5 V6). Perhaps they should finally consider forced induction... hmmm? V8 variants are less popular now.. but.. if they want to stay competitve, they NEED the 412HP 5.0L as their base, and not as an "F" car. M56, E550 and 550i all packs some serious heat..
Jul 13th, 2011 7:18pm
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autoficianado autoficianado
not a fan and it certainly can't dance like a german car.
Jul 13th, 2011 7:15pm
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Handling of the GS should be behind BMW.. and on par with Mercedes. If you want to the absolute best handler, you buy a BMW. But if you have common sense, live in a pot holed real world, and already have a Porsche Cayman as your weekender... you probably don't want a BMW. Rather have something softer as a daily driver.
Jul 13th, 2011 7:20pm
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jon_leong jon_leong
Good. what this car needs is a range of engines in order to compete with the Germans. We know big V6, V8, and Hybrid is done. How about turbo4s or similar for low end market, and a 500hp+ GS-F?
Jul 13th, 2011 5:34pm
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Can’t wait to see the new GS, it should be a great alternative to the German rivals
Jul 13th, 2011 5:29pm
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