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2013 Lexus GS 350: Review

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What is it?

The new Lexus GS is the fourth generation of the company’s sport sedan that against cars such as the BMW and Mercedes-Benz’s E-class. In this the GS previews new design language eventually will carry to the rest of the Lexus range. to the new look have diverged, but clearly not bland.

The model be available with available luxury and F-Sport packages, by a revised version of the 3.5-liter V6 now combines direct and port injection. The V6 produces 306 hp and 277 lb-ft of three more of each before, while also fuel consumption to 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the


All-wheel-drive versions of the GS 350 are available, as is the rear-drive format. While the GS a V8 variant for 2013, it gains an model, which is equipped firmer springs, a three-level suspension, thicker antiroll variable-speed steering and a rear-wheel-steer for optimal handling characteristics. The car also has front and rear revisions, larger brakes and wheels with summer

As before, the GS will feature a variant, the GS 450h, which an Atkinson-cycle version of the V6 in combination an electric motor to produce a maximum of 338 hp with 29/34mpg consumption. The electric motor is at the rear axle, and drives the wheels, so GS 450h models are only.

The use of extra spot increased use of high-strength steel and the of a bolted-in triangular engine-box in the new GS body shell increases rigidity by 14 percent. But weight has not beyond the previous car’s despite a full complement of and luxury equipment, because of an exercise to pare weight in area—right down to hose-clamp

What is it like to drive?

of the aforementioned advances in design and the new GS is as solid, quiet and refined as one hope. Intensive aerodynamic and the adoption of a flat underbody and surface tweaks reduce noise significantly, adding to the admirable road-going refinement.

So, to add sporting flavor to the new GS, Lexus a Helmholtz-type resonator that the engine’s induction noises the cabin. The contrast to an older GS 350 we had on hand was startling. While not noisy, the new GS 350 provides a fantastic accompaniment to performance driving retaining the hushed atmosphere of a car when operated at modest

Of all the new models in the range, the F-Sport is one to Lexus’s rivals take note. The combination of ride and technologies provides the new GS with turn-in, brilliant roll amazing stability and a scintillating of speed. Its extraordinary range was showcased by a long autocross laid out on the old air base at El Toro in County, Calif.

Since the wheels can steer in either they can be used to speed by steering in the opposite direction to the then to stabilize the car by steering in the direction.

The variable-steering gear speeds response in slaloms and and none of the motion is lost to body roll. Meanwhile, felt inside the car are easily by the excellent new seats. If chassis was the way that rival companies’ sedans built their in the past, then technology is might knock them off the today.

All of this clever technology broadens the GS’s bandwidth. the sport-optimized F-Sport version tour suburbia with serenity, catering to its occupants’ need with the latest package, connecting them to radio or allowing them to a reservation at a restaurant, then them to that location.

one expects of a luxury car is available. stereo? There’s an 835-watt Levinson system so tight and it is hard to describe in words. The display is a 12.3-inch monster. a night-vision system and a precollision

The seats are heated and ventilated. is a blind-spot monitor and a heads-up

Not all of these things are standard, but all of are available. Short of power it’s hard to think of not offered in one or another of the optional Lexus always had the luxury down.

Now the company wants to inject sporting essence into the Some of the technology that the cars work so well is that used by recognized superstars such as Ferrari.

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the LF-A proudly stationed on the stand at auto shows days, maybe the two brand aren’t as far apart as they were.

Do I want it?

It’s to knock the idea of a refined for everyday activities, particularly if it courtesy of a beautifully made When Lexus first hard-nosed auto writers of too much isolation and not enough Now all of the rival luxury brands are like Lexus than were like themselves in the old

So, when you add performance bandwidth to a product such as the GS 350, it to strafe a canyon road a sports car as well as glide to the office, it makes a fine for what the company has done All that’s left to debate is the new styling.

2013 Lexus GS 350

On Sale: 2012

Base Price:

Drivetrain: 3.5-liter, 306-hp, V6; RWD or AWD, six-speed automatic

Weight: 3,800-4,000 lb (est)

MPH: 5.7 sec (mfr)

Fuel (EPA): 19/28 mpg

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