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2007 GS350 AWD Road Test

O ne year after the introduction, has added some hot sauce to the that make up its redesigned GS sedan.

The extra spice is by a new engine that moves the GS of its V-6 Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi and competitors in the horsepower department.

the car was introduced as the GS 300 in 2005, it came a three-liter, aluminum V-6 motor produced 245 horsepower and 230 pound-feet of

The V-6 was whisper quiet and super — just what expect from a Lexus but the response from the engine was merely adequate. The GS 300 certainly offer the brisk acceleration one expect from an expensive with at least semi-sporty

The deficiency became more when compared with Toyotas down-market Avalon and its V-6 that generates 268 horsepower. On top of Lexus then introduced its expensive, entry-level ES 350 luxury with a 272-horsepower version of the engine.

Something had to be done. So, with the same basic V-6, Lexus engineers to add an extra 58 horsepower and another 44 of torque.

The upgraded powerplant the mid-size sedan, now known as the GS a personality transplant that is at the first touch of the accelerator. The mph run drops from a leisurely seconds to an authoritative 5.7. ability, especially on two-lane goes from maybe to no

A merely adequate 245 horsepower has replaced by a confidence inspiring

Its not too often that you get a lot for a little buying a car, but Lexus has just that with the GS The base price of the all-wheel-drive I drove is $46,100, a mere more than the AWD GS 300 I tested the new car first came out. a mere $10.34 per horse.

opting for a rear-wheel-drive sedan can on paying about $2,000 for their cars.

Buyers of the GS 350 be shelling out much more at the either, although both the old and new drink premium fuel. The GS EPA rating is 18 mpg in city driving and 25 mpg on the road. The less powerful GS 300 was at 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway.

Once you get past the engine, the GS 350 is identical to the GS 300.

The transmission is the automatic that shifted in the less powerful car. time, however, it doesnt to shift as much.

As before, the system splits power 30 to the front wheels and 70 per cent to the wheels in dry-road driving. the roads turn slippery, the split changes to 50/50.

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The suspension, speed-sensitive power and all-wheel antilock brakes to the cars semi-sporty qualifications. The is comfortable, the cornering competent and the fade-free. However, the steering, accurate, is a bit numb.

Still, most Lexus models, the GS 350 is about luxury than it is sport. The car simply does not aggressive driving so much as it long-distance cruising.

For an additional dose of fun behind the the Lexus buyer may prefer the V8- GS 430, which uses to automatically adjust the suspension depending on road conditions. It allows the driver to adjust the settings four ways on personal driving style. The V-8 sedan is available only rear-wheel-drive.

But, like the GS the GS 430 has become something of an anomaly. Its V-8 generates only 300 horsepower and performance nearly identical to of the GS 350. The guess here is its engine compartment will get an upgrade to the 4.6-liter powerplant in the new Lexus LS 460 flagship, although it wont equal that 380-horsepower output.

The ultimate GS, for is the hybrid powered GS 450h . combines a V-6 engine and electric to produce a combined 340 horsepower and 5.2 0-60 mph times. It, too, has the suspension.

Loaded with all the luxury Lexus offers, the traditional Lexus sedans can have tags well above and the hybrid hot rod can approach $60,000. The GS I was, by comparison, a real


With only all-wheel-drive and worth of minor extras (a rear spoiler, ventilated cargo net, mats and locks), it carried a price tag of But it was hardly a spartan vehicle its standard leather upholstery, trim, power seats, climate control, 10-speaker and more. And, just all GS models, it had a full complement of the safety equipment.

The only thing conspicuously was the combination navigation/premium sound which added more $4,000 to the price of the last GS I

If you can keep the option list to a the satisfyingly powerful Lexus GS 350 may be the best bet for the money.

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