Lexus GS tyres
Since 1993, the Lexus GS range has been a permanent fixture on the radar of executive saloon buyers. In common with much of the Lexus range, it represents a premium brand choice of car to compete in a market dominated by German rivals. As you’d expect from Lexus, the GS has always been a refined and well-equipped option, with reliability beyond any question. A comfortable ride has, in the past, always been combined with exceptional performance and understated looks.
That last statement might not fit the new version of the GS so well, though: this is one of the most angry and aggressive-looking cars ever seen on Britain’s roads! A key aspect of the latest version of the GS range is that there is no diesel option. This may seem strange, given that diesel engines are a popular feature amongst many of the car’s rivals. However, Lexus has instead thrown its impetus behind petrol-electric hybrid technology. Its parent, Toyota, pioneered this technology and it is something which both companies believe will become increasingly important in the future. Thus GS buyers have a choice of petrol or hybrid engines but no diesel option.
The petrol engine of the GS powers a big and heavy car and it’s therefore no surprise that its fuel economy and carbon dioxide emission levels are not very competitive. Additionally, real mpg of hybrid models varies considerably depending on how they are driven. For all that, though, the modern GS remains as popular as its predecessors, a dependable and comfortable car with an image and reputation which continue to appeal to many.
Unsurprisingly, it is the better-known tyre manufacturers with whom Lexus usually works. As such, factory-fitted tyres come from a range of well-known names, with many premium ranges worth considering as replacement options. Bridgestone Potenza tyres are original equipment across much of the GS range and remain etyres’ best-selling tyres for this car. These feature an asymmetric tread pattern which gives high handling response and excellent grip properties. They are also known for their durability, making them suited to the demands of larger cars like this one.
Yokohama’s Advan range is another tyre type to have original equipment status for many larger Lexus and Toyota cars. These tyres offer a balance of comfort and longevity and are trusted by many GS drivers.
When choosing between the many different replacement tyre options for this car, your own driving style should be a key consideration. A sportier driver will be suited by a more performance-orientated tyre, with the Michelin Pilot Sport range ticking the right boxes for many. Alternatively, the hybrid engine is expected to prove a popular choice in many new GS models sold and thus economy will often be an important factor. Etyres’ advice is to buy the best tyres you can afford and this is particularly relevant in the case of the GS. All too often, cheaper tyres will wear very quickly on a heavy car like this and prove to be a false economy.