After close to three decades, Lexus will be discontinuing the iconic GS sedan coming August due to the fact that the model is not selling very well.
According to the company, the GS made up just 4% of all Lexus passenger car sold globally in 2019. The model’s sales also went down by almost 50% since 2018.
However, since the GS was one of the most memorable and iconic luxury sedans in the world during its heydays, the brand is giving the model a proper farewell in the form of the Eternal Touring Edition which was revealed just a couple of days ago.
Also known as the Black Line special edition in the USA, only 200 units will be made, with no details on pricing yet.
Offered only in Caviar Black or Ultra White exterior, the GS Eternal Touring Edition features Gloss Black F Sport wheels, Gloss Black grille inserts, a specialized black rear spoiler, as well as blacked out outer mirror caps.
Inside, we have black contoured leather seats with contrasting Rioja Red accents on the door panels, steering wheel, and the centre console. Further complementing the package are the special carbon fibre accents, and the Alcantara trim on the instrument panel and armrest.
The main highlight of the Eternal Touring GS however, is actually the Zero Halliburton two-piece luggage set that was designed exclusively by the brand for Lexus.
The 22- and 26-inch luggage bags come with a few distinctive customized features, such as a cushion-cut, chrome logo badge which says “Zero Halliburton for Lexus”, an interior lining embroidered with the Intersect by Lexus Spindle Grille Art, and interior compression panels with a Lexus embossed leather logo badge.
Under the hood, power is supplied by a 3.5-litre V6 engine since the Eternal Touring Edition is based on the GS 350 F Sport, producing 315 PS and 380 Nm of torque. Capable of doing the century sprint in 5.8 seconds, the GS Eternal Edition is able to clock a top speed of 211km/h (electronically limited).
Although it is highly unlikely that the Lexus GS Eternal Touring or Black Series will be brought here officially, there are chances for reconditioned units of one or two in the future, so let us keep our fingers crossed.