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Review: 2013 Lexus GS 350

With its swoopy good the Lexus GS 350 is something of a surprise a company that never to have been comfortable sexy .

But while the standard GS is worth a look, the F-Sport is an attempt by Lexus to quicken the of buyers who have been to barely have a pulse at

No, it s not a four-door Lexus LFA super But it is more intriguing than you expect.

Throughout its life, the GS has been one of the more appealing in the Lexus lineup. A 2013 brought with it new — and — focus.

The GS 350 starts a direct-injection 3.5-liter V6 engine dual continuously variable timing with intelligence. 306 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 274 lb-ft of at 3,600 rpm, it is a well-received that has been in everything the ES, RX and the GS, as well as various Toyota and SUVs. The part we like about this engine is the use of an Control Induction System, varies the length of the intake adding to the aural sensations from under the hood.

Power delivery goes to the wheels through a six-speed transmission with paddle and Eco, Normal, Sport, + and Snow modes.

Notably, no V8 is a part of the GS lineup any longer.

the standard GS 350 features a double set with coil springs and shocks in front and a multi-link kit coils and gas shocks in the rear, the package ($5,690) brings it a multitude of other features may not make the GS go faster but enable it to be a responsive handler in the process.

these pieces is an adaptive suspension where the driver can the grade of shock damping normal to firm and sporty at the top of the dial. The kit includes staggered-sized and rear 19-inch summer for enhanced grip, when the gremlins are gone. Yes, the GS can be had in an AWD or a hybrid — albeit not as an

What s it up against?

The Lexus GS 350 competes against some marques including the BMW 535i, E350, Infiniti M37 and Audi A6, all of offer some degree of sportiness as an option.

How does it look?

We can’t about contemporary Lexus without mentioning the proverbial in the room: The rather polarizing grille. Seemingly loved and at the same time, it brings to the a more aggressive nature any of its rivals.

Starting from the end, LED daylight running give an otherworldly glow a distance on approach. Aggressive vents do their part to the brakes on the F-Sport, an uprated kit bigger rotors and high-friction pads.

A rear decklid does its part to calm the wind turbulence and even add a of downforce over the rear We do dig the smoked black alloy which look rather and manage to hide the dreaded dust at the same time.

In parlance, that’s called one and the but we wonder just how dated black wheels are going to in a few years.

And on the inside?

Somewhat in its color palette, the GS F-Sport features enough black and soft touch material to an SM pleasure emporium. Well-executed, sport seats keep the row occupants more than through the use of adjustable side and in the case of the driver’s seat, a thigh support.

But the best part was the ventilated which managed to keep circulating around the dorsal during these dog days of These are some of the best air seats we ve ever encountered.

The console features a 12.3-inch display for operation of the navigation, audio, climate and systems in conjunction with the Lexus Touch Interface (RTI). a joystick, it allows users to and click their desired

Though feedback has been over the years, we still t fans of RTI since it requires to take their eyes from the road in order to the system. Not helping matters was a recognition system that unwilling to listen to us.

Not all was lost the F-Sport. The rear seat more than sufficient and comfortable seating for three, it would probably not be a bad idea if the seat occupant were a due to the constrained headroom caused by the fastback roofline of the car.

But does it go?


For two decades, Lexus have been known for the upright demeanor — the exceptions of the LFA and IS-F.

Most of the the GS 350 F-Sport follows through that program. But when the pedal is squeezed, the 306-horsepower V6 forth with its lusty and suddenly it seems ready for time.

Unfortunately, this big-boy is relegated to the children’s — at least until the GS F arrives. Mind you, the direct injection V6 is as smooth and as as most people need it to be, but it not begin to compare with the horsepower equipped BMW M5s, S7s or Mercedes-Benz E63 AMGs.

Lexus a top-speed on the GS F-Sport of 142 mph and zero to 60 in the neighborhood of 5.7-seconds. The EPA piped up to say at the same moment, this GS is of 19/28 mpg, with 23 mpg

Instead of blistering acceleration, our offered smooth start-ups got us where we needed to be, right whether it was an open spot lengths ahead or just pace in the fast lane. We the six-speed automatic silky-smooth in its never once hunting for a cog.

The electrically assisted, speed-sensitive steering felt slightly on-center but tightened up properly progressing through a turn. Not a in the least, it was one we quickly warmed to and ourselves forgetting it was a boosted at all.

The adaptive suspension on-the-fly change-ups that to compensate for all grades of road smooth highways to undulating surfaces to the patchwork that typical in the midst of road season. Clicking from on the rotary drive mode dial, to Sport mode saw an throttle and transmission remap revealed the true romping that an F-Sport model possess. Sport + upped the even more by firming up the

Taking the place of any sort of vectoring function, the GS Dynamic System delivers a hint of wheel steering to help the turning radius for a quick to and exit from a hard

Arguably the sportiest midsize sedan on the market — at for mortals not looking to drop six figures on, say, an M5, the GS F-Sport is a complete package from a source.

Lexus conservative tendencies in play with the GS350 but there s also a real of fun to be had.

But as good as the GS F-Sport is, the remains that only a GS F hits the market will the GS be allowed to sit at the big boy table.

2013 GS350 base price, As tested, $60,349.

F-Sport $5,690; Blind Spot System, $500; Head up $900; Mark Levinson System, $1,380; Navigation, Intuitive park assist, Lexus Dynamic Handling $1,700; Cargo net, Trunk mat, $105; $875.

Photos by Mark

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