17 January 2003
Lexus has announced plans to sell a limited edition, performance-enhanced version of its GS 300 luxury sport sedan in April.
The GS 300 L-tuned will be sold as a dealer-fitted package featuring sports suspension, steering and exhaust systems, a larger wheel and tyre package and unique exterior styling enhancements.
A prototype GS 300 L-tuned was unveiled at the recent Sydney Motor Show and received a positive response from show-goers, with several orders taken for the limited edition vehicle.
Lexus Australia will sell just 20 examples of the GS 300 L-tuned, for a recommended retail price of $115,990, not including dealer delivery and on road costs.
“The GS 300 L-Tuned project pioneers the local installation of performance accessories by Lexus Australia,” said Lexus Australia’s senior manager, John Roca.
“The success of the GS 300 L-Tuned will be evaluated with a view to the possibility of producing other Australian-developed and manufacturer-authorised modified editions of Lexus models.”
All the modifications to the base GS 300 L-tuned prototype were performed by Lexus Australia using components developed by Lexus engineers in the United States.
The GS L-tuned’s sports suspension modification consists of high pressure, nitrogen-charged dampers and stiffer springs.
The revised suspension gives the prototype lower ride height, more immediate steering response and flatter cornering. The suspension is mated with unique 18-inch alloy wheels manufactured for Lexus by O.Z in Italy.
The car wears 235/40ZR18 Michelin Pilot Sport tyres on the front and 265/35ZR18 tyres on the rear.
GS L-tuned also features a recalibrated steering ECU (Electronic Control Unit) to further improve the precision and responsiveness of the steering.
The prototype is fitted with a stainless steel sports exhaust system designed to produce a slight increase in horsepower and a deeper exhaust note.
The standard GS L-tuned 3.0 litre VVT-i straight-six cylinder engine produces 166kW.
Styling enhancements include a sports mesh grille, clear side indicators and special L-tuned limited edition badging on the front guards.
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Source: Lexus Press Release