Lexus GS460

With a 4.6-liter 342-horsepower V-8 under its hood, the midsize Lexus GS460 is one of Lexus’s most powerful premium vehicles. The four-door GS460 represents the third generation of V-8 powered luxury sport sedans in the Lexus brand’s popular GS family.

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Lexus GS460 Origins

Lexus introduced the GS460 in 2008 as a more powerful alternative to its high-performance V-6 powered luxury sedan, the Lexus GS350. Along with a larger engine, which was borrowed from Lexus’s flagship LS460 luxury sedan, the GS460 features an eight-speed automatic transmission and an active stabilizer suspension system intended to improve handling.

The GS460 shares a body style with other GS models. Notable characteristics include a semi-fastback roofline, athletic stance, aerodynamic hood, and sporty alloy wheels. Offered in just one trim, the GS460 comes standard with a long list of luxury features such as high-quality leather upholstery, a sunroof, heated and ventilated seats, and an emergency telematics system.

In 2012, Lexus replaced the GS460 with the new GS450h hybrid luxury sport sedan.

About the Lexus GS460

As of 2012, the Lexus GS460 was the most muscular sport sedan in the GS lineup. A 342-horsepower V-8 engine provides enough power to reach zero to 60 mph acceleration in an estimated 5.4 seconds, while a double wishbone front suspension, multi-link rear suspension, and rear stabilizer bar provide athletic handling and control.

While not as fuel efficient as its hybrid sibling, the Lexus GS450h, the GS460 received gas mileage ratings of 17/24 mpg city/highway, which were slightly higher than other vehicles in the luxury sport sedan class.

In addition to its high-performance abilities, the GS460 is recognized as a high-end luxury vehicle thanks to premium conveniences like rich wood trim, high-grade leather, and a well-insulated cabin. Similar vehicles in the luxury sport sedan class include the Mercedes-Benz E550, BMW 550i, and Jaguar XF.

Lexus GS460 Features

The last Lexus GS460 was released in 2011.

The 2011 Lexus GS460 was powered by a 4.6-liter V-8 providing 342 horsepower and 339 lb-ft of torque. The engine was paired with an eight-speed shiftable automatic transmission. As with other GS models, the GS460 was offered in one trim level that could be customized with a variety of packages and individual options.

Standard equipment in 2012 included 18-inch alloy wheels, performance tires, leather upholstery, eight-way adjustable front bucket seats, a multi-level heated driver seat, a power glass sunroof with remote operation, power side mirrors with reverse tilt, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, dual-zone climate controls, leather and wood interior trim, Bluetooth connectivity, satellite radio accessibility, and a 10-speaker audio system with six-CD changer and USB/iPod interface.

The GS460, which was awarded a rating of ""good"" by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, offered a multitude of safety technologies. Standard safety features included four-wheel anti-lock braking, front and rear head airbags, dual front and rear side-mounted airbags, child seat anchors, foglights, daytime running lights, self-leveling headlights, stability and traction control, tire pressure monitoring, a driver whiplash protection system, and a post-collision notification system.

Buyers could add emergency service, airbag deployment notification, and stolen vehicle tracking with a subscription to the Lexus Enform with Safety Connect system. An optional adaptive cruise control system automatically prepares the car for impending accidents by tightening seat belt pretensioners and engaging brake assist.

Other options included a 14-speaker Mark Levinson sound system, a hard-drive navigation system with real-time weather and traffic, voice controls, rear parking assist, Bluetooth phonebook downloading, a Lexus Enform telematics system, adaptive cruise control, and a power active stabilizer. Buyers could further personalize the vehicle with an optional rear spoiler, power rear sunshade, and all-season tires.

The 2011 GS460 measured 190.7 inches in length, 56.1 inches in height, and 71.7 inches in width. Inside the car, front passengers were offered 37.8 inches of head room, 54.4 inches of hip room, and 43.5 inches of leg room. Rear passengers received 37 inches in head room, 51.4 inches in hip room, and 36.4 inches in leg room. A cargo capacity of 15.2 cubic feet put the GS460 on par with most of Lexus’ other GS models.

Lexus GS460 Evolution

The first Lexus GS460 debuted with the same 4.6-liter V-8 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission available in later years. While Lexus would eventually add a number of technology features to the vehicle, the 2008 GS460 offered many of the same luxury details that would be carried over into later models. Some of these standard features included leather seats, wood trim, a power sunroof, heated driver seats, and 18-inch wheels.

By 2010, the Lexus GS460 gained several new technology features. Streaming Bluetooth audio, an iPod/USB port, satellite radio, and an emergency telematics system became standard. Active front safety head restraints were added on all vehicles. Additionally, an optional navigation system was upgraded with a voice control feature and real-time weather and traffic.

The only change for 2011 was the addition of a brake override system.

Select a Lexus GS460 Year

2011 Lexus GS460

Luxury, Sedan

The 2011 Lexus GS460 provides a great choice in luxury sport sedans and delivers performance, comfort, prestige, and lots of features that please the most selective automobile shoppers.

2010 Lexus GS460

Luxury, Sedan

2009 Lexus GS460

Luxury, Sedan

Seeking out a sport sedan in the luxury class with a decent amount of performance used to be limited.

2008 Lexus GS460

Luxury, Sedan

When drivers want a high-quality sedan with plenty of power and a lot of luxurious features, they should turn to the 2008 Lexus GS460.