2013 Lexus GS 350 F Road Test

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2013 Lexus GS 350 Sedan

(3.5L V6 6-speed Automatic)

Lexus GS 350 F Sport Picture

Finally Builds a Serious Sport Sedan

Published: — by Mike Monticello. Test Editor

One run through our course was all it took to feel how different the 2013 Lexus GS 350 F is from the previous three of GS. Damn! was how our incredibly eloquent put it.

An early prototype drive had us an indication of the GS 350’s improvements. But we have any performance data to it up. Now we do.

It Runs the Numbers, Good

A few runs later and the 2013 GS 350 F Sport had done nothing than tie the smaller and more focused 2011 Lexus IS F a speed of 69.7 mph through the That’s 4.5-mph quicker the last GS 350 we tested in 2008. The new car generated 0.88g on the skid

Bear in mind that the F package is a step more than the standard GS 350. It quicker steering, adjustable stiffer springs, thicker bars, staggered-width Bridgestone summer tires, optional steering and larger 14-inch brakes. It’s the serious package the GS has been in need of for

On slalom times alone, accomplished, as the Germans have on the GS F Sport’s ability to change Then again, there’s to a proper luxury sport than slalom times.

Old New Sounds

The GS 350’s engine a 3.5-liter V6 with variable timing and both port and injection. Output is up, but only to 306 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 277 pound-feet at Minor efficiency enhancements fuel mileage up to a projected EPA of 19 city/28 highway/23 mpg combined a 2 mpg highway improvement and 1 mpg in the combined).

importantly, this engine now has character thanks to a sound mounted on the air intake between the air and the throttle body assembly. it’s contrived, but it’s than nothing. The GS remains silent on the highway at cruising but get hard on the throttle from rpm on up and there’s a pleasingly enthusiastic

Not surprisingly, the 2013 Lexus GS 350 F puts up similar acceleration to the 2008 GS 350 we last tested. to 60 comes in 5.8 seconds (5.6 with a 1-foot rollout as on a strip) and it does the quarter-mile in seconds at 99.9 mph. keeps it on par with the 2011 BMW (zero to 60 in 5.7 seconds) but a good bit than the supercharged 2012 A6 Quattro at 5.2 seconds.

The GS 350’s six-speed automatic has updated for quicker shifts and an torque converter lockup. all GS 350s now come standard steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, give nice throttle on downshifts. Unfortunately this shifts for itself at 6,400 rpm in Manual mode, made obvious during an autocross the GS would upshift to 3rd right you were about to brake for a

The Essence of F Sport

The suspension is the basic setup as the outgoing GS double wishbones up front, at the rear but new designs. The front an increased use of aluminum and the rear a redesigned toe link that serves to increase luggage (a GS sticking point) to 14.3 feet.

The F Sport package a stiffer version of Lexus’ Variable Suspension as well as Variable Gear Ratio Our test car also featured the Dynamic Rear Steering

Toggle the Lexus Drive selector between Normal and (there’s also an Eco mode we didn’t bother with) and the F offers a comfortable, although not plush, ride. Turn the knob to Sport Plus and two happen: First, an outline of the GS up on the display screen, with the steering wheel and engine indicating sportier settings. the GS 350 F Sport comes alive.

The steering becomes performance-car-quick and the GS F goes exactly where you it. There’s some degree of roll for a forgiving nature, but the F is exceptionally planted, no doubt the rear steering (which the rear tires up to 2 degrees in the direction of the fronts below 50 the same direction as the fronts that) is playing a part

Nothing fazed the brakes We measured a 60-0-mph stop of 112 and it came on the last of seven The pedal travel is short a nice, firm feel, but the end exhibits a little more than we’d prefer.


Although the GS’s length and wheelbase remain at 190.7 and 112.2 inches, the new car is 2 inches wider and 1.2 inches together increasing interior and widening the track. The all-new metal serves as the new face of but the body is also 14 percent thanks to additional reinforcements and an number of spot welds.

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While Lexus asked the guys to make the new GS stiffer, the designers were told to out as much weight as possible, since weight would be back in with more features. The engineers lightened the door trim by 21 percent, the by 14 percent, trunk trim by 20 trunk lining by 28 percent and the by 3 percent. The end result: 3,832 as-tested, just 39 pounds than the GS 350 from 2008.

The itself is an all-new design. materials are of a higher quality before, with yards of leather and real brushed We especially appreciate the supremely leather on the edge of the center at the exact point where the right knee rests, we’re not big fans of the BMW-like signal stalk.

The F Sport’s seats feature 16-way including power-operated side and thigh support. Although lowered the driver seat and wheel slightly, the seat feels just a tad too high at its lowest setting. The 12.3-inch screen for the optional navigation is brilliant and there’s a new version of computer-mouse-like Remote Touch that feels more than before.

The F Word

The 2013 Lexus GS 350 be available in rear- and all-wheel-drive when it goes on sale in with the new GS 450h following in the The V8 GS 460 has been dropped altogether.

haven’t been set, but the GS 350 likely come in under Which means the GS will the Audi A6 3.0T Quattro BMW 535i ($52,250) and Mercedes-Benz ($50,490). Getting the full of the F Sport package will run you another $4,000, and tack on a grand more if you want steering.

The 2013 Lexus GS F Sport in particular, is an impressive It’s a Lexus that enthusiasts can get excited about. than just promises, actually fun to drive. And unlike the IS F, the GS 350 F adjustable suspension won’t you for the performance it brings.

It can do smooth and or serious and sporty: your

Which makes us wonder: about a GS F? Despite our best to wrangle a commitment out of a Lexus at the press launch, they wouldn’t admit one is coming. No one it, though, either. And if the GS 350 F Sport is capable with a V6, just what kind of a performance a true GS F would be with a of a supercharged V8 under the hood. It be good.

Very good.

The provided Edmunds this for the purposes of evaluation.

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