The Lexus GS is arguably responsible for setting the performance trajectory of Lexus automobiles. While the first version of the car (offered in 1993), offered only mild performance leanings, the second generation of the car—with its V8 option—really gave the enthusiast driver cause to take notice of the brand previously praised primarily for its quiet and comfortable demeanor.
Its success squaring off against cars like BMWs 5 Series, emboldened Lexus to offer more performance-oriented models such as the IS F and the LFA. Performance has indeed found a home at Lexus and the contemporary version of the Lexus GS (introduced in 2011 as a 2013 model) is the most capable GS ever. While the V8 engine was dropped with the current version of the car, today’s V6 engine has more horsepower than that V8—with even better fuel economy.