To boost its sales in the luxury car division, Lexus released a line of executive cars in 1993. Badged as the GS300, this vehicle was known for its elegance and refinement. Although it was replaced in 2007, the GS300 is still considered by many as one of the best vehicles in its division. Through its generations of performance and style, this vehicle inspired many automakers and car owners around the world.
1993-1996: First generation
In 1993, the production of the export GS300 started. It was praised by many car owners because of its superior drivetrain and various amenities which made it better than the ES luxury sedan line. What's more, the first generation of the GS300 was powered by a 3.0-liter, 2JZ-GE, straight-six engine that could generate as much as 210 pound-feet of torque and 227 horsepower. In terms of interior style, this vehicle had leather seats, a center console in walnut wood trim, and a steering wheel that was equipped with an automatic tilt-and-telescoping mechanism. Sales-wise, it sold a total of 19,164 units in its debut. Unfortunately, due to its steadily increasing price, the sales of the GS300 declined and production was stopped in 1996.
1997-2000: Second generation
The GS300 was once again put into production in 1997 for export markets. It was produced under the body style platform JZS161, and its engine was revised to produce 225 horsepower and 225 pound-feet of torque which was less than the previous generation's performance. It also received various awards such as the Import Car of the Year in 1998 from Motor Trend. In terms of sales, this generation was more successful than its predecessor. It managed to sell a total of 30,622 units in its debut and 28, 079 units in 2000.
2006-2007: Third generation
In 2006, the third generation of the Lexus GS300 was introduced. It had an all-aluminum, 3.0-L engine that could generate as much as 245 horsepower. With its setup, this generation was considered as an excellent highway vehicle that could block much outside noise. It was also equipped with high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps, dual-zone automatic climate control, stability control, leather upholstery, and side airbags. For those who want something extra, the GS300 was also made available with optional features such as an adaptive cruise control, a rear backup camera, and DVD navigation. Unfortunately, despite its superb features, the GS300 was still discontinued in 2007 and was replaced by the GS350.