'I didn't want this car' said Toyota CEO when this model was launched...
Four generations of the Lexus GS have been produced since 1993, believe it or not. One of the most recent additions to the lineup is the hotted-up GS F, which pumps out 467 horsepower courtesy of a naturally-aspired 5.0-litre V8. But it could be the swan song for the longstanding luxury saloon.
According to a new rumour from the LexusEnthusiast.com, the GS could be culled after its current generation. The website cites the Japanese magazine MAG-X, which suggests the LS will replace the GS, given its new V6 engine. Here is a portion of the translated text:
"As we have reported, next-gen LS has its engine down-sized; the V8 engine to the V6 engine. This means that both the LS and the GS have V6 engines, which causes product overlap in the Lexus’ own lineup. So TMC decided to kick the GS out of the lineup and to fulfil the demand of the customer looking for a large saloon with the LS alone."
Though there aren’t a lot of facts to back up these claims, remember, Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda almost cancelled the project back in 2011. "I didn’t want this car," he said in an interview with Automotive News. But Lexus’ regional management teams "fought me like crazy." If the GS does get cancelled, it won’t be until next year.
For now, the GS will remain a fixture in the Lexus lineup – the company sold nearly 15,000 examples in 2016. The new LS, meanwhile, will serve as the automaker's flagship saloon, and feature a new 3.5-litre biturbo V6 good for 415 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque.