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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 car. But it is more intriguing you might expect.

Throughout its the GS has long been one of the more shapes in the Lexus lineup. A redesign brought with it new and much-needed — focus.

The GS 350 with a direct-injection 3.5-liter V6 featuring dual continuously valve timing with Making 306 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 274 of torque at 3,600 rpm, it is a powerplant that has been in from the ES, RX and the GS, as well as various automobiles and SUVs. The part we most about this is the use of an Acoustic Control Induction which varies the length of the manifold, adding to the aural coming from under the Power delivery goes to the wheels through a six-speed transmission with paddle and Eco, Normal, Sport, + and Snow modes.

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

While the standard GS 350 a double wishbone set with springs and gas-charged shocks in and a multi-link kit with coils and gas in the rear, the F-Sport package brings with it a multitude of features which may not make the GS go but enable it to be a more responsive in the process.

Among these is an adaptive variable suspension the driver can adjust the grade of damping from normal to and sporty at the top of the selector dial. The kit staggered-sized front and rear summer tires for enhanced when the slush gremlins are Yes, the GS can be had in an AWD version or a hybrid albeit not as an F-Sport.

What’s it up

The Lexus GS 350 F-Sport competes some hallowed marques the BMW 535i, Mercedes-Benz E350, M37 and Audi A6, all of which offer degree of additional sportiness as an

How does it look?

We can’t talk about Lexus automobiles without the proverbial elephant in the room: The polarizing spindle grille. loved and hated at the same it brings to the table a more nature than any of its rivals.

from the front end, LED running lights give an glow from a distance on Aggressive intake vents do part to cool the brakes on the an uprated kit with bigger and high-friction brake pads.

A decklid spoiler does its to calm the rear wind and even add a touch of downforce the rear wheels. We do dig the smoked alloy rims, which rather badassed and manage to the dreaded brake dust at the time.

In basketball parlance, called one and the bonus, but we wonder how dated these black are going to look in a few years.

And on the

Somewhat steampunk in its color the GS F-Sport interior features black leather and soft material to outfit an SM pleasure Well-executed, multi-adjustable sport keep the front row occupants than secure through the use of side bolsters and in the case of the seat, a power-adjustable thigh

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

The center console features a widescreen display for operation of the Bluetooth, audio, climate and controls, in conjunction with the Remote Touch Interface Like a joystick, it allows to point and click their functions.

Though feedback has improved over the years, we aren’t fans of RTI since it drivers to take their away from the road in to operate the system. Not helping was a voice recognition system seemed unwilling to listen to us.

Not all was inside the F-Sport. The rear offered more than legroom and comfortable seating for although it would probably not be a bad if the middle seat occupant a child, due to the constrained headroom by the sloping fastback roofline of the


But does it go?

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

Lexus GS 350 AWD

Most of the time, the GS 350 F-Sport through with that But when the skinny pedal is the 306-horsepower V6 spits forth its lusty growl and suddenly it ready for prime time.

this wanna-be big-boy is to the children’s table — at until the long-rumored GS F arrives. you, the 3.5-liter direct V6 is as smooth and as powerful as most need it to be, but it does not begin to with the 450-plus horsepower BMW M5s, Audi S7s or Mercedes-Benz E63

Lexus claims a top-speed on the GS of 142 mph and zero to 60 times in the neighborhood of The EPA piped up to say that at the same this GS is capable of 19/28 with 23 mpg combined.

Instead of acceleration, our tester offered start-ups that got us where we to be, right quickly, whether it was an spot two-car lengths or just keeping pace in the lane. We found the six-speed silky-smooth in its execution, never hunting for a particular cog.

The assisted, speed-sensitive power felt slightly artificial but tightened up properly when through a turn. Not a deal-breaker in the it was one we quickly warmed to and found forgetting it was a boosted system at

The adaptive suspension offered change-ups that seemed to for all grades of road from highways to undulating bridge to the patchwork that seems in the midst of road construction Clicking from normal on the drive mode selector to Sport mode saw an immediate and transmission remap that the true romping character an F-Sport model should Sport + upped the ante more by firming up the suspension.

the place of any sort of torque 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 remain in play with the F-Sport, but there’s also a hint of fun to be had.

But as good as the GS F-Sport is, the fact that only when a GS F the market will the GS range be to sit at the big boy table.

2013 Lexus base price, $46,900. As $60,349.

F-Sport package, Blind Spot Monitoring $500; Head up display, Mark Levinson Audio $1,380; Navigation, $1,735; park assist, $500; Dynamic Handling package, Cargo net, $64; mat, $105; Destination,

Photos by Mark Elias.

Lexus GS 350 AWD
Lexus GS 350 AWD
Lexus GS 350 AWD
Lexus GS 350 AWD
Lexus GS 350 AWD

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