Lexus GS 400
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Auto Shipper for Lexus GS 400 When production began on August 4, 1997, the GS used the JZS160 body style. It made its official appearance in 1998. The American market GS 400 was equipped with a V8 that produced 300 hp and 310 ft•lbf of torque. It is reported to have a 0-60mph acceleration time of 5.4 seconds which is impressive for the 3693 lb. sedan. The GS 300, an earlier model, was also offered once again and featured a slightly revised version of the last generation's engine. The GS 300 was quoted with a 7.6 second 0-60 mph acceleration time. Both models featured a 5-speed automatic transmission with the GS 400 receiving remarkable steering wheel shift buttons. Again, no turbo models were offered outside of Japan. Lexus promoted the arrival of the second generation GS sedan with the tagline, "Something Wicked This Way Comes," and claimed that the GS 400 was the world's fastest sedan at the time.

Compared to its predecessor, the second generation GS sedan was a bigger success, with sales reaching 30,622 units in its first year. This increased in the second, and stabilized at 28,079 vehicles by 2000. In the United States, the base price for the GS 300 and GS 430 averaged approximately $38,000 and $47,000 respectively. The success of the GS sedan prompted Lexus to keep the vehicle in its lineup for over eight years. The GS design was sold as the Toyota Aristo in Japan until 2006, when the Lexus marquee was introduced in that country. This also prompted the discontinuation of the Toyota Aristo in 2005. Though essentially identical, the GS and the Aristo differed in their engine and transmission combinations as well as equipment packages. The current third generation GS comes in both V6, V8, and hybrid versions. The hybrid will hopefully increase in popularity as time passes and they become less unfamiliar.


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