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Not many cars in the world can give four-wheel legends like Mercedes Benz and BMW a run for their money. Lexus is one of the very few that can and its GS430 model deserves ample praise for it. The Lexus GS430 is a member of third-generation GS series of the Japanese automaker. The series was first introduced in the early 1990s as Lexus’ attempt at cracking the sport-oriented luxury sedan segment. The first-generation model wasn’t very successful in winning critical acclaim, but a number of its successive redesigns followed to bring the GS much closer to a number of luxury European rivals. Midway through the model’s second generation, the GS430 saw the light of day and was immediately recognized for its V8 power, reliability and a good balance of performance and luxury. Here’s what to expect from this car.
Legendary Lexus Power
The reason for the 430 moniker was a growling 4.3-litre V8 engine that generates 290 horsepower and 319 lb.-ft. of torque. Lexus has never been one to shy away from plenty of power and this is more than obvious when it comes to the GS430. It should be said, though, that the 430 version of the third-generation GS only existed during 2006 and 2007. The same model was renamed GS460 the following year as a result of being outfitted with a larger engine. In 2006, the model’s V8 was actually rated at 300 horsepower and 325 lb.-ft. of torque. This means little for drivers interested in this car as it is overall superbly powered, responsive and quick thanks also in part to its great six-speed automatic transmission.
Tons of Equipment
Lexus has a long tradition of including large amounts of standard equipment in all of its models; a tradition that got its start way back with the GS430. It incorporates stability control, anti-lock brakes with brake assist and 10 air bags, as well as a 10-speaker sound system, dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery, keyless ignition/entry, adaptive xenon headlamps and the like. When it comes to optional upgrades, they involve a Pre-Collision accident preparedness system, adaptive cruise control, a back-up camera, as well as a Mark Levinson audio system with navigation.
Japanese Build Quality Through and Through
While the GS430’s sporty handling, refined ride and very powerful V8 engine are among its best aspects, they aren’t the only great things on this car. Interior design is equally impressive and three tall passengers can sit comfortably in the rear seats. The interior is extremely spacious and stocked with smart and interesting solutions, such as a drop-down dash panel that conceals many of the lesser-used switches and secondary controls. Compared to the all-in-one control systems in a number of rivals, the GS430’s central touchscreen and traditional control layout are much easier to understand and use. Ergonomics-wise, the 430 is flawless. Above Competitors in More Ways Than One There’s not much to say when it comes to the Lexus GS430. Even though it is a used car that’s gone out of production in its original form back in 2007, it is still equally impressive as the first time it saw light of Canadian day. It its heyday, it was ranked way above two of its strongest Japanese competitors, the Infiniti M45 and Acura RL, which is not surprising given that Lexus always excels when it comes to overall value for money it provides their customers. Definitely be on the lookout for the GS430 if you’re looking to invest in an older-generation luxury Japanese sport sedan.