Rumor: Lexus considering a coupe version of the 2013 GS

Article by Christian Andrei, on July 25, 2011

The production version of Lexus’ all-new 2013 GS 350 will be unveiled next month but already, the carmaker is considering whether to offer a coupe version of the sport sedan. If the decision is all up to Ben J. Mitchell, Lexus' product planner manager, then the GS Coupe would be a sure thing.

In an Inside Line interview, Mitchell said that Lexus is aiming to raise the brand’s “emotional qualities” as well as to highlight exterior styling and dynamics.

Mike Michels, Lexus' external communications vice president, confirmed that the brand aspires to be a full model line and to have global reach. If the GS Coupe gets built, it would be the only two-door fixed-roof offering from Lexus, aside from the $375,000 LFA.

It would also be just the second two-door Lexus to offer more than two seats. The first is the IS hardtop convertible. However, it would take some time before it arrives in the market. It’s unlikely for the GS Coupe to be introduced before spring 2013.

This new coupe is expected to be built on the entire platform and rear-wheel-drive drivetrain as the GS 350 sedan. Powering the coupe would be a 300hp 3.5-liter V6 engine aside from Lexus’ six-speed automatic transmission. It’s expected to be priced at around $50,000. Typically, a coupe is followed by a convertible but no one has confirmed if there would really be a drop top.

Lexus is constantly evolving into a highly covetable sport hybrid generation of cars. The latest Lexus GS was launched recently at the 2011 Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach, California. UK consumers will get their hands on the new Lexus by next year and will have a choice between GS250 petrol (F-Sport) and GS450h (full hybrid) variant.

The new GS has been refined to deliver a bolder statement and is now equipped with wider chassis that perfectly match the new Lexus signature spindle grille. To top it all, the latest model guarantees a more engaging driving plus more efficient handling.

With comfort and convenience topping its priority list, Lexus has redesigned its modern and stylish interior along with massive space adjustments for the driver and the passengers’ convenience. The designer team even dared to create a more spacious interior without changing anything from the outside. As a result, the exterior dimensions are almost the same but with considerably roomier cabin and boot space for a comfortable ride.

Judging from the outside, the new Lexus GS is by all means an expression of its new design philosophy. The beautifully sculpted exterior is a combination of style and functionality that will be used in all new Lexus models from this day forward.

The car’s state-of-the-art exterior consists of the very sleek side tail lamps with fins, an all-new spindle grille that controls the airflow and the expressive new head lamps with daytime running LED, which also forms a distinctive L-shape. Meanwhile, the sides are much more compelling with the newly styled lower door sills, which come with tapered ends and short overhang at the front.

The wider wheel of the GS also commands more attention, thus contributing to Lexus’ high-performance and new improved dynamics. On the other hand, the rear bumper’s aero fins and diffuser help provide an aerodynamic feel to allow more driving versatility. There can be no doubt; drivers will soon buckle up to a bolder, more confident sports saloon with the all-new Lexus GS.

Topics: lexus, lexus gs, coupe

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