“Distant thunder, cold as stone/A V8 screams down from it’s throne/One by one, each car succumbs/Something wicked this way comes”
Blame marketing 100% for why I have a fondness for the second-generation Lexus GS. The cars themselves were interesting enough, but the “Something Wicked” ads were the kicker. While most people jump for the 2JZ-powered GS300, Lexus ran with the 1UZ 4.0L powered sedan as the highlight. Packing 300 horsepower in 1998 was a serious deal…the Mustang Cobra was pumping out 305 horsepower, the Camaro SS was up to 320 horsepower, and you’d have to step up to a BMW M5 to have threatening competition in the sedan market. They didn’t have the immediate attention-grabbing effect that, say, the 1994-96 Impala SS did, but for a Lexus, this thing would absolutely get gone with no issue whatsoever.
Ok, it’s quick by 1998 standards, but it’s a Lexus. Why is it here? It’s not because Matt Farah took this one through the California canyons. This GS400 is here because of the used car market. It’s the same logic I apply to the Angry Grandpa Chrysler: you can hunt used car lots and locate a decently priced GS400 on the cheap, and chances are going to be in your favor that it’s still in decent condition. Add in a brake upgrade, some pipes, suspension work, little bits here and there, and you step up from the car with the “Something Wicked” tagline to…well, something wicked.