Toyota Aristo is a business class car produced by Toyota Motor Corporation since 1991. Under this name, the car is known primarily in the domestic Japanese market. For the external and mainly North American market, the model is named Lexus GS. Body type 5-seater 4-door sedan. The car was manufactured in a rear- and all-wheel drive configuration. Since 2012, the 4th generation Lexus model GS has been produced at a factory in Japan. At the same time, the car is classified as a sports sedan.
Toyota Aristo, 1st generation, 1991-1997
The Toyota Aristo, a large rear-wheel drive sedan, began production in 1991. The car was equipped with in-line three-liter six-cylinder engines: atmospheric (230 hp) and turbocharged (280 hp). A year later, an all-wheel drive version appeared with a 4.0-liter engine with a capacity of 250 hp. In 1993, the Toyota Aristo was launched in the US market as the Lexus GS 300.
The main advantages of this model include the presence of a comfortable cabin, in which already in the basic configuration there is everything necessary for the driver and passenger not to experience any inconvenience. The machine has a sensitive and precise steering, demonstrates excellent stability on the road surface.
The design of the nose is made in the style of premium cars of the time. This is expressed in the presence of separately located blocks of the main light of a non-standard shape, the radiator grille and sections of the air intake system have a stylish, representative design. The side planes of the body have smooth contours that give the profile a more dynamic look. At the stern, a non-standard design of the elements of the rear lights stands out, two pipes of the exhaust system are spaced along the edges of the bumper. The interior decoration was carried out with high-class materials, including natural wood inserts, light-colored leather that has gone through more than a dozen stages of processing, and polymer panels with a pleasant texture for the eyes. The automaker included a separate air conditioner with several preset modes of operation as part of the mandatory option relationship. In the cabin, full-time audio training is carried out, the doors are locked with a central lock, all windows are equipped with a servo drive.
Toyota Aristo, 2nd generation, 1997-2005
The second-generation Toyota Aristo debuted in 1997 (the Lexus GS was also updated at the same time). For the sedan, the previous three-liter engines were offered. In 2005, the production of Aristo was discontinued, the model received its continuation only as the third generation Lexus GS.
Toyota’s 3.0-liter 2JZ-GE engine was assembled at the Tahara Plant in Japan from 1991 to 2007 and fitted to the company’s popular rear wheel drive models such as the Aristo, Crown and Mark II. There are two modifications of this motor: a 1991 stock model and a 1997 version with VVT-i.
The Toyota 2JZ-GTE 3.0-liter twin-turbo engine was produced by the company from 1991 to 2002 and was installed only on the first two generations of the Aristo sedan and the A80 Supra sports coupe. The units for the Japanese market are different from the export ones, and there is also a version with VVT-i.
The 4.0-liter V8 Toyota 1UZ-FE engine was assembled at the Tahara plant from 1989 to 2004 and installed on the most powerful rear-wheel drive models of the Japanese concern of that time. There are two generations of the motor: 1989 without a phase regulator and 1997 with the VVT-i system.