What does Lexus have in store for its 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show display? A sportier twist on the CT200h, for one, but the big news is undoubtedly the first reveal of the 2013 GS450h sedan.
Lexus unwrapped the all-new GS earlier this summer by showing the 2013 GS350 sedan at Pebble Beach, but waited until Frankfurt to unwrap the hybrid version. Much like the last GS450h, the 3.5-liter V-6 is paired with an electric motor through an electrically variable transmission. Spec numbers differ little, if at all, from the outgoing 2011 model. Net output of the hybrid system remains around 340 hp, and 0-60 times should still fall close to 5.6 seconds. No EPA fuel economy figures are provided at this stage, though Toyota’s U.S. PR staff had previously suggested the new GS 450h should deliver 30% better fuel economy than the 2011 model.
We’re more enthused about sending the GS hybrid through a set of windy hairpins than we are to hypermile it. Lexus has stuffed a number of driving-performance technologies beneath the skin,including the new Dynamic Rear Steering system (which steers the rear wheels by as much as 1.5 degrees), variable-ratio front steering, and active variable-rate dampers. Lexus claims that the GS 450h is the first hybrid to sport four-wheel-steering -- apart from a few series-hybrid earthmovers, we wouldn’t quarrel with that assertion.
The GS isn’t the only sporty-looking hybrid to grace Lexus’ Frankfurt display. As we reported a few weeks back, the little CT 200h is also receiving a new F-Sport package, which incorporates a few new cosmetic tweaks. The photos show the F-Sport touch includes a new aerodynamic kit (including a rear diffuser and a revised front splitter) along new wheel patterns. Lexus says the F-Sport will also get a higher level of standard features, although it shied away from disclosing exact content levels.
But wait, there’s more: Lexus’ release on the GS did, however, say that the GS 450h marks “the start of further expansion of the GS range in the near future.” Seeing that the 350 and 450h have been announced, this could mean the GS will spawn another variant. Perhaps the speculations of a V10-powered GS-F weren’t far-fetched after all…