2013 Lexus GS
Things are looking up for the fourth generation of the Lexus GS. And looks seem to be a big priority, as the 2013 Lexus GS 350 F Sport arrives with an aggressive make over that earned praise from our staffers.
Sharp angles and bodylines already define the new GS, but the F Sport package swaps the slotted spindle grille for a mesh one. A more aggressive front fascia ditches the foglights in favor of larger air intakes, while 19 inch alloy wheels, and a rear decklid spoiler round out more of the F Sport visuals.
Inside, the GS keeps its uber-luxurious feel, with the F Sport lending aluminum trim to door panels, dash, and pedals. A 16-way adjustable driver’s seat ensures you stay in place as you rip up the track.
And indeed, that’s the first place we took the F Sport, and flew down the track in under 6 seconds, or about the same as the standard GS we tested last spring. That’s not surprising as the 3.5 liter V6 rates the same 306 horsepower for both cars.
The F-Sport did differentiate itself through the cones however. A unique Sport S+ mode adjusts steering feel, shift points, and the adaptive variable suspension system to near-perfect sport driving levels. Stiffer springs and anti-roll bars do sacrifice some traditional Lexus ride comfort, but put handling well above the standard GS.
A quick switch back to Normal mode, and the GS 350 F Sport subdues itself, returning to the luxury liner most expect it to be. There’s a surprising balance, and, it seems, a mode for every mood.
The Lexus GS 350 F Sport is on sale now, for around $57,000.
Engine: 3.5 liter V6