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Lexus GS 350 AWD

2013 Lexus GS350 AWD Reducing the Meds

By George November 9, 2012 at 10:45 am

upon a time . Lexus, of serenity [of the motoring rather incontinence kind], offered a rear-drive luxury sport known as the GS, that humbled the mighty BehEmVeh M5.

Successive of the GS executive saloon were on a diet of Lexus Valium. Not a segment first parallel powertrain option could the the sensation of the sport being out of the sedan.

By contrast  the Bavarians and were feeding their sedans (BMW 5-series, A6, and MB E-class) human growth Even the Infiniti M was pumping iron.

And then,by some Lexus began dropping heavily testosterone-laced F-bombs,: in 2007 in the guise of the 416 hp IS-F V-8 compact sport sedan, with the track bred 553 hp powered LF-A super-car, in All the tears shed over the departure of the SC convertible boulevardier and its tape deck in 2010 even consume a single tissue.

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For 2013, the Lexus GS350 has to an edgier design, catching up to the of the modernists in the executive sedan Far away and left behind is curvaceousness of the previous models, penned by Ital-design’s Giorgetto Witness the waist-cinched hour grille, the violently creased nose and air dam, and the exaggerated LED daytime running lights. and rear quarter panels are far minimalist than the wide buttresses they once Less successful, and sure to be with some later Corollas, is a tail section became mired in a Tokyo parlor .

Inside the new Lexus GS350, are gadgets and trinkets galore. If quest is for top quality materials the the GS with a hefty electrically genuine wood-trimmed steering and yards of velvety aniline Much of the brushed satin trim is indeed plastic, to avoid denting and occupants’ that heat / cold metal would generate. is a rear-center armrest the size of replete with audio and controls. Noteworthy, here in the is the included controller for rear tush warming. If a TFT instrument is expected in this segment, the center LCD infotainment / navigation featuring Enform mobile software is above and beyond .  As is the console mouse controller with wrist pad. fund managers wring hands in delight as Lexus your ride to work so closer to the mobile office. And if a bad day drives you to picking up a nasty habit, the GS350 offers ash Front bucket seats are the kind, with power for the upper and lower lumbar Certain to generate complaints daddy longlegs among is the sparse leg and foot room in the seat of the GS350. Could a former Alaska Governor ( ) traverse that Mt. McKinley of humps in the aft of the GS cabin? While the lid releases and opens and powers as smooth as Vermont maple the 14.3 cubes of space are between some obtrusive wells. Without a folding back, GS350 owners have to make do with a pass-through.

Lexus GS 350 AWD

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Carried-over from the previous GS are power- and drivetrains. As of yet no V8 hand-me-down the full-size LS460. An inundation of the suspension and some body with aluminum alloys the load of our all-wheel drive to just 4000-pounds, some lighter than a BMW 535i Noticeable is the lack of  immediate torque available from the of the competition’s optional forced-induction engines. Being some 200 lighter than a BMW 535 x-Drive the load for the 303 hp coming from the DOHC 3.5L V6 featuring valve lift and direct With power put down to all four wheels through a shorter 3.7:1 final 60 mph will arrive in an adequate under 6 seconds.  Combined economy attained in the GS350 AWD was 20 per gallon.  That was after put the spurs to our tester. And by spurs we dialing the center console Lexus mode selector to Behold as the paddle shifters the 6-speed slush-box to smartly rip off rpm upshifts.

Feel the steering rack increase in zest and linearity becoming inordinately heavy. the GS350 through corners on Dunlop SP Sport 5100 but prepare for some low-sidewall over frost heaves. stiffened dampers hunker the down with little There is a tinge of all-wheel understeer to keep things rather than hairy. tricky to modulate are the disc Stepping onto the pedal a sensation reminiscent of stepping a lawn gift left by Avoid Eco-Mode, which enough chassis wallow to a healthy dose of Dramamine.

The 2013 Lexus GS350 AWD at $49,000, which squares Infiniti’s M37x and undercuts a E350 4-Matic by some Our tester required only in options to be well kitted. We even bemoan the absence of the Mark Levinson sound though we wouldn’t have the Advanced Guided Parking featured in our recent 2012 Prius V. If the Lexus GS350 quite match an Audi A6 in after a day at the grindstone some still prefer their

The re-designed for 2013 Lexus with all-wheel drive. is out. Modernism is in.


Lexus GS 350 AWD


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