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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 vehicles been known for the quiet, demeanor — with the of the LFA and IS-F.

Lexus GS 350 AWD

Most of the time, the GS 350 follows through with program. But when the skinny is squeezed, the 306-horsepower V6 spits with its lusty growl and it seems ready for prime

Unfortunately, this wanna-be is relegated to the children’s table at least until the long-rumored GS F Mind you, the 3.5-liter injection V6 is as smooth and as powerful as people need it to be, but it does not to compare with the 450-plus equipped BMW M5s, Audi S7s or E63 AMGs.

Lexus claims a on the GS F-Sport of 142 mph and zero to 60 times in the of 5.7-seconds. The EPA piped up to say that at the moment, this GS is capable of mpg, with 23 mpg combined.

of blistering acceleration, our tester smooth start-ups that got us we needed to be, right quickly, it was an open spot two-car ahead or just keeping in the fast lane. We found the automatic silky-smooth in its execution, once hunting for a particular

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’ Handling System delivers a of rear wheel steering to shorten the turning radius for a entrance to and exit from a turn.

Arguably the sportiest luxury sedan on the market at least for mortals not looking to around six figures on, say, an M5, the GS is a remarkably complete package a surprising source.

Lexus’ tendencies remain in play the GS350 F-Sport, but there’s a real 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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