2013 Lexus GS 350 |MotorWeek

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Lexus GS


Episode 3119

Lexus is on a to shed their image of cars that are very and high tech, but boring to First came the compact than the exotic LFA, and now turning their attention to a car wider appeal, the mid-size GS sedan. So, is the latest GS a Lexus

With the fourth generation GS 350, Lexus does to break from their mold. Not that the rear GS has been a snoozer. Truth be the previous GS was already fast, and entertaining to drive than people gave it credit The biggest problem was electronic, one of the most aggressive and intrusive control systems on the market quickly kept you from any real fun. So, the fix was more of a one than hardware. Not that the hasn’t changed.

The 2013’s body and chassis are And, the sheet metal is more aggressive at least the front, with huge air that widen towards the menacing HID headlights with LED lights, and LFA inspired curves. In the look is more familiar, smooth sides and thick leading to a rear end that is with a trunk-lip spoiler, tail lamps with mounted fins, and an aggressive fascia with integrated exhausts.

Feeding those pipes is a revised 3.5-liter V6. Horsepower and are up marginally, to 306-horsepower and 277 pound Lexus puts 0-60 at 5.7 There are no plans for a V8, but engineers an Intake Sound Generator sounds like one. The GS Hybrid will boast A revised, paddle-shift 6-speed is standard. New is drive-mode selector ECO, Sport, and Sport settings. All wheel drive is again an option.

With all plus endless Lexus we knew the GS would outperform its But, on our first drive we jaded journalists were with the improved handling. new found prowess still heavily on electronics however, a new Adaptive Variable Suspension. To add Electric Power Steering, Handling with Variable Ratio Steering, Dynamic Steering, and Vehicle Dynamics Management.

But, the most important for the new GS, is genuine feel and feedback, in itself is game changing. even with the upgraded Package, there are times the car’s handling is not telegraphic, but in un-Lexus-like fashion, you can turn all the traction nannies off!

around the inside of the new GS, its still Lexus, but with a nod to the best BMW. High end leather with contrasting stitching on the The wood and leather wheel many controls, and can be heated. The remote touch central still manages most but it now has a more convenient push-to-enter The optional nav system grows a center screen from 8 to 12 And, for as big as it is, it never seemed Voice activation is included.

Gauges look 3-D with that changes from ECO to Angry Red in Sport Mode. Our GS was equipped with just every amenity you could head-up display, blind monitoring, night vision, shades all around, and comfortable, 18-way power adjustable seats. Even rear occupants get coddled with down armrest controls for seats, climate, and audio. Leg is up thanks to redesigned front The trunk is also roomier, due to a compact rear suspension. is up to 14.3-cubic feet.

Government Fuel Economy haven’t been released but estimates are 19-City and 23-Highway on Nor is pricing set, but when start in February, expect the GS 350 to start about where it now, near $48,000.

the 2013 Lexus GS 350 is undeniably capable and fun to drive, it still short of providing the absolute of European and even American The F-Sport model is more but outside of wheels, tires, and even it relies mostly on for its increased capabilities. We’re not that that’s wrong, but “feel” is a lot harder than “performance.” So, Lexus, the new GS is a big step in the direction. Now, let’s a few more.

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