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|2013 Lexus GS350 – Higher Levels of Styling, Performance and Luxury||
‘NEW HIGHER LEVELS OF STYLING, PERFORMANCE AND LUXURY’
I just finished testing the all-new 2013 Lexus GS 350 and have to say that it is a giant leap forward for the model with its redesigned chassis, wider and stronger stance, a more spacious interior that is richly endowed with world-class features and premium details. The new advanced performance enhancing technology makes it more than just a luxury car. The all-new GS 350 is available in RWD, AWD and can be equipped with the available premium, luxury or F Sport packages for greater personalization. I tested the GS 350 with the luxury package.
The new GS 3.5 liter engine has been enhanced to provide better fuel economy and more responsive performance. The four-cam, four-valves per cylinder, all-alloy V6 engine also comes with dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence. At 306 hp, it is one of the most powerful base engines in the segment, as well as the only one with both port and direct injection. It propels the GS 350 from 0-60 mph in just 5.7 sec. and at the same time, boosts it fuel economy to EPA-estimated 19mpg/city and 28mpg/highway. Acceleration from 30-50- mph can take just 3 sec. and improved intake and exhaust sound characteristics via an intake sound generator and optimized muffler chamber complement the bolder, more energetic dynamics of the new GS 350. The RWD six-speed sequential shift automatic transmission comes with paddle shifters and sport driving functions for enhanced driving pleasure. The transmission incorporates many features adopted from the Lexus IS F high-performance sedan-including faster shifts, earlier torque converter lockup and downshift blips-to support four driving modes that can be operated by toggling the new Lexus Drive Mode selector located on the center console. In addition to Normal mode, the following settings let you customized your driving experience: ECO mod-revises throttle mapping, seat heating, and climate control settings for better fuel economy. In ECO mode, meter lighting changes to blue; SPORT S model-revises throttle mapping and transmission shifting priorities to fully exploit the capabilities of the powertrain. In SPORT S mode, meter lighting changes to red; SPORT S+-is available with the F-SPORT package and Luxury Package-engages handling enhancements via a sport setting of the adaptive variable suspension, steering system, and Vehicle Dynamic Integrated Management (VDIM) together with the powertrain enhancements of SPORT S mode. I really felt the changing dynamics of the suspension when I pushed the Sport S and Sport S+ modes. Damping forces were increased and the steering became even more responsive to my inputs. You can now change the setting to suit how you want the GS 350 to drive when you are in a spirited mind or conventional easy going mind set.
Designing the new GS to be both strong and agile was a key focus of the engineering team. They looked to the Lexus LFA supercar for design and dynamic inspiration. The new platform is more rigid. Engineers conducted extensive testing, ultimately increasing the number of spot welds and adding laser welds in very specific locations. The track, wider by almost two inches, works in combination with a revised suspension design to help ensure a more solid stance and superior cornering performance. In the front is a double-wishbone setup with upper and lower control arms now made from aluminum and employing larger bushings. The rear subframe has been completely redesigned to accommodate an all-new multi-link rear suspension, using improved suspension geometry that helps retain tire cornering force and enhances rear control. With the stiffer platform and lighter components, the shocks can use lighter-viscosity oil, so they move easily and respond to small inputs more quickly. The use of front and rear aluminum control arms helps reduce unsprung weight and results in significant improvements in agility, roll damping, ride comfort, body control and steering precision. Overall, the suspension is lighter and stronger, allowing it to react to your inputs readily, and ride quietly without harshness.
Larger and stronger fully ventilated disc brakes help you stop more quickly and safety. Up front are 13 in. discs clamped with four-piston calipers and 12.2 in. rear discs are clamped with single-piston calipers. Standard ABS, EBD, BA and VDIM (Vehicle Dynamic Integrated Management) all work together to help keep your in control of your direction during severe braking on slick or wet pavement.
My test GS 350 with the Luxury Package came equipped with the larger 18X8 in. alloy wheels wrapped with 235/45R18 in. all-season radial tires for excellent grip and a smooth, quiet ride.
The GS 350 fuses distinctive style with engineering functionality. The signature spindle grille with its trapezoidal contours fully integrates into the aggressive front bumper allowing for efficient airflow. Air inlets located on the outer edges of the lower grille serve as cooling ducts. Next to these are chrome wrapped foglamps. The distinctive Lexus design also feature combined with deep-set, high-tech HID headlamps with a projector beam design and L-shaped LED daytime running lights to further express the vehicle’s dynamic character. On the side you’ll see a low front end, aero-styled heated/self-dimming sideview mirrors, steeply raked windshield A-pillars, full-perimeter chrome strip, flared fenders and deep side extensions. The rear bumper features a distinctive integrated exhaust diffuser and centered aero fins to help control underbody airflow. The LED rear lamp clusters wraparound and are joined by a thick chrome strip. A lip spoiler at the end of the trunk lid helps enhance downforce at high speeds. The total look is fresh and very contemporary.
Ah the interior, it makes driving the new GS 350 even more enjoyable that what lies under the skin. Designers created an interior that can easily transport passengers and their luggage in comfort, luxury and style regardless of distance; it is just so non-fatiguing. The entire cabin was created around the driver and the driving experience. A horizontal-themed instrument panel emphasizes the spaciousness through it wide layout. Attention to details such as changing the steering column angle from 23 to 21-degrees and redesigning the seat frame, enabled engineers to improve the driver’s position for increased comfort, better forward visibility and overall command of the road. Designers also modified the roof shape by employing techniques on the front pillars to help increase the driver’s field of vision. These changes allow the driver to concentrate more on driving while reducing stress and fatigue. Equal attention has been paid to maximizing space for rear passengers. The new GS 350 has more headroom, knee-room, legroom and foot space than the current generation GS. Front and rear door openings have also been revised for easier entry and exit. Trunk space has been increased by almost 25% and can easily accommodate four golf bags, and trunk access is improved with a 61/2 in. wider opening.
Standard equipment includes a new energy-saving auto climate control system called S-Flow that uses the occupant-detection system to focus airflow only to the front area where passengers are actually seated, a first-in-class technology. A next-generation Remote Touch with one-push confirmation is standard on all models and enables smooth, intuitive operations control. The Remote Touch allows you to operate the climate, audio, phone controls, optional navigation system and more. The screen menus are selected with a controller conveniently located within easy reach on the center console. Remote Touch also reduces eye movement and helps you operate functions with reduced effort and distraction. A standard rear backup camera helps add security and convenience. I felt it easier to use than other luxury car systems.
The finely crafted cabin detail is complemented further by ambient lighting that unobtrusively welcomes and guides you into the vehicle, providing a carefully designed experience. New white LED lights are sequentially lit to illuminate the areas around the doors, center console and footwells. You and your front passenger will enjoy the clean appearance of the new high-resolution central control display. A new analog clock with LED indicators, carved from a single ingot of aluminum for a smooth consistent look, adds a unique luxury touch, at once both modern and traditional. Cabin materials include three types of wood specially chosen to highlight the unique flavors of the model variations. Meticulous detailed contrast stitching is used as a visual accent on the instrument panel, door trim, center console, shift knob and steering wheel to create a rich, tailored interior space.
Next-generation Lexus multimedia brings a host of standard entertainment and connectivity advancements including enhanced Bluetooth capability with automatic phonebook download and streaming audio. GS 350 owners will enjoy DVD audio and video compatibility, MP3 sound enhancement, 5.1 simulated surround-sound from normal two channel sources such as MP3 files and CDs, and a high-resolution 8 in. central control display centrally located high up in the instrument panel. An SMS text-to-speech feature allows you to be read text messages and send preset responses with a compatible smart phone. HD radio with i-Tunes tagging and Sirius satellite radio are standard. The Gracenote Media management system creates dynamic music playlists and a voice recognition solution recognizes nicknames for music artists and even some mispronunciations.
The optional Lexus Luxury package also features the above plus rain-sensing wipers, heated and ventilated front seats and power rear sunshade, Adaptive Variable Suspension, Adaptive Front HID Lighting System, unique high gloss espresso wood ornamentation, semi-aniline leather, 18-way power front and driver’s seats with articulated back, side bolster and thigh support control, four-way lumbar, butterfly headrests, driver/passenger seat memory, rear HVAC and audio controls, rear manual side sunshades and a delightful to hold wood and leather wrapped power tilt/telescoping steering wheel.
By adding the optional navigation system, GS 350 owners can enjoy an industry-first 12.3 in. split-screen, high-resolution multi-media display. The split-screen ultra-large display enhances visibility through the use of advanced, high-definition graphics that are easy to read and easy to use. The 12.3 in. screen is large enough to support simultaneous, split-screen viewing of a large map display plus audio, climate or other vehicle information. With the optional navigation system you will also be able to have access to the next-generation Lexus Enform Application Suite, the system that leverages the customers’ mobile phone technology to provide a new level of connectivity and information management. Users can conduct local searches through Bing, or utilize voice-enabled apps to make restaurant reservations through OpenTable, get movie tickets via MovieTickets.com or tap into internet radio, including Pandora or iHeartRadio. You can also check into Facebook, and search for various business reviews including restaurants on Yelp. Sirius XM data services offer information on stocks, traffic, weather, sports and fuel prices. Enform is supported on iPhone, Android and Blackberry.
To make the ride even more pleasurable is the ultimate in music performance. My test GS 350 came equipped with the optional 17-speaker Mark Levinson world-class surround-sound system. The system provides 7.1 channel surround-sound through 10 channels using a new class D Digital amplifier with a clean 835-watts from 20-20,000 hz at only 0.01% total harmonic distortion. Lexus-first Green Edge speakers are lighter, more energy-efficient and have less distortion. This system really increase you pleasure driving the all-new GS 350 with the windows closed and your favorite music coming from the speakers.
Standard features not mentioned above include auto-dimming rearview mirror/outside mirrors, electric sunroof, dual zone climate control with smog sensor and air filter, map pockets behind each front seatback, power windows all express up/down, power door locks, Homelink universal transceiver, carpeted floor mats, rear pull-down dual cupholders, dual map lamps, dual lighted vanity mirrors, grab handles above each door,
Standard safety features include dual front airbags, side impact front airbags, front/rear side curtain airbags, 5-3-point safety belts with front pretensioners/load limiters, front manual height-adjustable anchors, whiplash injury lessening front seats, safety connect automatic collision notification, stolen vehicle location, emergency assist button (SOS), tire pressure monitoring system, front/rear crumple zones, steel beams in each door.
The all-new 2013 Lexus GS 350 is a ‘tour‘d force’ for a midsize luxury sport sedan. It is so much fun to drive, aggressively and luxury styling on the outside, multi-personality dynamic performance capabilities, super comfortable and sumptuous cabin with the latest in connectivity and safety features. Lexus goes high-performance with higher levels of luxury in a mid-size sedan.
COPYRIGHT: 2012: HARVEY SCHWARTZ
- Price: $46,900.00 base/$56,434.00 loaded as tested
- Engine: 3.5-liter DOHC V6 306 horsepower at 6,200 rpm /274 lb.ft. torque at 3,600 rpm
- Wheelbase: 112.2 in.
- Overall length: 190.7 in.
- Overall width: 72.4 in.
- Overall height: 57.3 in.
- Track: f/r-62/62.6 in.
- Ground clearance: 5.7 in.
- Headroom: f/r-38/37.8 in.
- Legroom: f/r-42.3/36.3 in.
- EPA cargo room: 14.3 cu.ft.
- Curb weight: 3,795 lbs.
- Fuel tank: 17.4 gallons
- Coefficient of drag: 0.26
- 0-60 mph: 5.7 seconds
- EPA mileage: 19mpg/city, 28mpg/highway
|2013 Lexus GS 350 Review & Test Drive||
The all-new 2013 Lexus GS 350 sets forth a new design language for Lexus adding more sports-appeal, advanced technology and a refined ride quality for their midsized luxury sports sedan. Receiving a redesign for the 2013 model year, the Lexus GS 350 edges towards a better competitive stance against its German rivals but retains the expected quality aspects of Lexus’ traditionalist luxury path.
First driving impressions from the new 2013 Lexus GS 350 you walk away knowing it is a vehicle that is much more in-tuned to the road than its predecessor. Additionally, the sporty exterior styling of the GS 350 blends well with its new luxury-sports demeanor communicated through Lexus’ new L finesse design philosophy.
Jumping into the new GS 350, I first took notice to the fit and finish quality known to garnish the Lexus brand. Only this time it was highlighted with a surprising edge on new technology and amenity offerings. The new Lexus GS 350 is the sportiest Lexus has ever been, sans the performance oriented ISF and exotic LFA. Having the language of the Lexus LFA supercar filter down to vehicles like the GS 350 makes for a more appealing vehicle to enthusiasts, even if the new GS is still does not have a sporty edge like comparably equipped BMW 5 series vehicles.
The all-new Lexus GS 350 retains some of the outgoing model’s drivetrain attributes. Most notable, is the 3.5-liter V6 engine carried over from last year. There really was nothing wrong with the 3.5-liter powermill as it produces a silky smooth 306 horsepower and 277 ft-lbs. of torque. The only transmission choice, a smooth-shifting 6-speed automatic, is great for every-day driving. However, the tranny tends to lack any sporty characteristics aside from the manual shift paddles.
The new Lexus GS gets Toyota’s Drive Mode Select dial w/ Eco-Normal-Sport modes. In Sport S+ mode, the GS is more apt to down-shift earlier but fails to provide any drastic advancements in making up-shifts any better from normal mode. In Eco mode, the GS is somewhat subdued with a lazy gas pedal and transmission mapping to keep the RPMs low for conserving fuel. Corresponding to the Eco-Normal-Sport+-Sport S+ modes, is the Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) on properly equipped Lexus GS models. My new 2013 GS 350 included the AVS setup as part of the Luxury package with additional options. With the AVS system, the dampers automatically adjust to a firmer setting when the vehicle is put in Sport +S mode.
The driving and handling dynamics of the new 2013 GS 350 are much livelier than its predecessor. However, the suspension is still relatively soft, even in sport +S mode activating a stiffer setting for the dampers. Much of the new Lexus GS 350’s ride quality sways towards a touring sedan rather than a hard-core sports sedan. Possibly, the Lexus GS 350 F-Sport address this faux pas and adds a bit more aggressiveness to the ride and handling characteristics.
Power delivery comes on smooth and the transmission does not leave too much wrapped up in a guessing game when the appropriate gear needs to be selected. Sound entering into the cabin from the V6 engine is kept to a minimum but does not completely isolate the driver from audibly hearing what is going on under the aluminum hood.
The steering feel is pretty solid in Sport +S mode, where the wheel gets a bit more weighted but still tends to lack much road feedback. Although, steering feel has been improved over the outgoing model departing from such a drastic artificial feel. Dynamic Rear Steering (DRS), a stand-alone option for the 2013 GS, steers the rear wheels with the front up to 1.5 degrees for better handling at speeds above 50 mph. Below 50 mph, DRS steers the rear wheels (up to 1.5 degrees) against the front for reduced turning radius.
The luxurious cabin of the new 2013 Lexus GS 350 receives a sports appeal yet nicely integrates finely crafted wood and aluminum trim pieces and accenting leather appointments. Part of a luxury package on my 2013 GS 350 test vehicle, are 18-way power heated and ventilated front seats. The seats are very supportive with adjustable bolsters and memory seat settings for both driver and front passenger. The rear seating area is bigger, too.
During my time with the new GS 350 I had the opportunity to pile in 4 more adults who were able to utilize the 3 additional inches of hip room in the rear compared to the older GS. Other dimensions expanded on the new 2013 Lexus GS, thanks to a revised rear suspension design, is the trunk with a total of 14.3 cubic feet. The driver and front passenger areas get slightly more head and shoulder room.
To conclude the complete redesign of the new 2013 Lexus GS interior is Lexus’ Remote Touch multimedia controller, which works much like a combination of a computer mouse and a force-feedback joystick. The second-generation controller works well for navigating menus limiting any hunting for physical buttons on the dashboard or on-screen functions. Speaking of a screen, the new GS gets a lot of it, a whole foot long. While this is no 5-dollar footling, the high-resolution 12-inch wide-LCD-screen comes as part of a $5,750 Luxury package. An 8-inch high-res LCD display is standard. Combining the Lexus Enform system, including integrated connectivity for local gas prices, stock market info, weather and GPS navigation, the new infotainment system is quite user-friendly after you get used to the Remote Touch controller. The Remote Touch controller combines accurate scrolling with tactile-force-feedback when scrolling over on-screen menu buttons or click-areas. In all, the system is no worse than any other infotainment system offered on current market luxury vehicles. One could even conclude that the Lexus Remote Touch system is comparable to BMW’s iDrive in some aspects despite using a completely different form of input controls.
The new 2013 Lexus GS is offered in a few different trims including our rear-wheel-drive GS 350 Luxury package test vehicle with 18-inch wheels (17-inch wheels standard) 3-zome climate control, an optional crisp sounding 17-speaker 835-watt Mark Levinson audio system, park assist (audible and visual sonar parking sensor system) and power rear sunshade including side-rear window manual shades. The Lexus GS 350 F Sport package adds larger 19-inch wheels, larger front brakes, special steering and suspension tuning, unique sports exterior styling accents and a 16-way power sport driver’s seat. The GS 350 can also be had in an all-wheel-drive configuration. The Lexus GS 450h hybrid is another offering combining many of the Luxury package’s appointments as well as the highly efficient 3.5-liter V6 engine working in sync with electric motors to yield 338 horsepower and estimating 29 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. As a comparison, my 2013 GS 350 gets a respectable 21 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.
0-60 mph times for the rear-wheel-drive Lexus GS 350 come in at a quick 5.8 seconds. The GS 450h hybrid has the 350 slightly beat with a 0-60 mph time of 5.4 seconds.
Pricing for the all-new 2013 Lexus GS 350 starts at $46,900. My nicely-equipped GS 350 test vehicle has an as-tested price of $57,309 including 875 handling and destination fee.
I can walk away saying that the new 2013 Lexus GS 350 appeals to a much broader audience than it ever did. Now enthusiasts shopping the likings of German rivals will have an extra stop to make at the local Lexus dealership because the new GS is something that you do not want to willingly pass up.
Copyright: 2012 AutomotiveAddicts.com
- Price: Base GS 350 $46,900 As-Tested $57,309
- Engine: 3.5-liter 306 horsepower @ 6400 rpm/ 277 ft-lbs torque @ 4800 rpm
- Drive: RWD (optional AWD)
- Wheelbase: 112.2in.
- Total length: 190.7in.
- Total width: 72.4in.
- Total height: 57.3in.
- Track: f/r-62.0/62.6in.
- Turning circle: 36.8ft.
- Headroom: f/r-38.0/37.8in.
- Legroom: f/r-42.3/36.8in.
- MPG est.: 21 mpg city/28 mpg highway
- Fuel tank: 17.4 gallons
- 0-60mph: 5.8 seconds
- EPA cargo volume: 14.3cu.ft.
- Curb weight: 3,795 lbs.
|2011 Lexus GS 350 Review & Test Drive||
In Lexus’ relentless pursuit of perfection, they seek out on a long journey beside of the likings of Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Cadillac, and other luxury automakers who have a strong presence in the United States. One of Lexus’ competitive strong points has been the Lexus GS ever since its introduction in 1991. Since then, the Lexus GS has matured into a refined rear-wheel-drive luxury sports sedan which has remained to be quite the competitive breed. The latest iteration of that marquee rests with the 2011 Lexus GS 350.
I had the opportunity and pleasure of driving the new 2011 Lexus GS 350 on a long highway trip. During my time behind the wheel of the 2011 Lexus GS 350 it shattered any doubts of the GS being the capable touring vehicle that I have grown accustomed to from the likings of BMW. Having owned a BMW for many years, Lexus was always an afterthought. Fortunately I have an open mind and am willing to give other vehicles a fair chance to prove themselves. I can honestly say that the 2011 Lexus GS 350 holds its own very well in the competitive mid-sized luxury segment.
Lexus’ 303 horsepower 3.5-liter V6, same as found in the IS 350, provides an ample amount of power. A smooth-shifting 6-speed automatic transmission ensures that power is smoothly delivered to the rear wheels. Fuel consumption for the GS 350 is at the middle of the road getting 19mpg city and 26mpg highway. During my long highway drive observed 25.6 mpg. The GS 350 will even make a dash to 60mph from a standstill in only 5.7 seconds.
The 2011 Lexus GS 350 has a well insulated cabin isolating the majority of the road noise. Inside of the new GS 350 is a competent interior layout. The fit and finish is among the best in the industry. Although the use of hard plastics in various button and control areas does “feel” as plush as you would expect from premium luxury vehicle. Otherwise, the Lexus GS 350 is top-notch for interior quality. Even the instrument cluster integrates what appears to be aluminum faces on the gauge pods. The 2011 Lexus GS 350 is comfortable enough for 5 adults, although head room is a bit shorter than its competition.
My 2011 Lexus GS 350 test vehicle was decently equipped with several options within the Luxury Value Edition package. This package bundled up the hard-drive navigation system which incorporates many useful options. With a subscription to XM satellite you get XM NavTraffic, XM NavWeather, XP Sports, and Stocks. The audio is also upgraded, to a 14-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound system. On my highway trip, the traffic updates proved to be somewhat useful. Although no alternative route was nearby so I had to listen to the soft voice command of the navigation system repeatedly tell me about a vehicle blocking the right lane in the next 6 miles.
Lexus handsomely equips their vehicles with many standard features and the new 2011 GS 350 is no exception. My GS 350 test vehicle has a long list of standard features including automatic xenon headlights, foglights, power sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, 10-way power front seats with driver memory, power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, leather seating with front heated seats, Bluetooth connectivity for phone & audio, and a 6-CD changer 10-speaker stereo system.
The new 2011 Lexus GS 350 is styled in a mild manner. Being that it is a rear wheel drive luxury sedan, the front end has minimum overhang while the rear end tends to look and feel weighted. The exterior flows nicely from the L-fines front fascia to the rear outlining the LED taillights. Lexus attempted to keep some of the exterior styling traits from second generation GS which is a good thing.
Driving the 2011 Lexus GS 350 is a sheer pleasure if you keep things simple. Simple meaning you never upset the tires to the point that they make any noise. Do so and you will put the stability and traction control into panic mode virtually putting your fun to a slow crawl. The Lexus GS 350 is a great performer in a straight line. If you add too many lateral Gs to the equation you could wind up with a wagging tail, literally. The well-dampened suspension becomes mushy when you put the GS 350 to any hard turns, and the rear end tends to jump out abruptly in some situations. Aside from driving like a hoon, the Lexus GS 350 is poised to be a comfortable touring vehicle on the civilized highway. The Lexus GS 350 for 2011 has an all-wheel-drive option which may aide its handling abilities.
The Lexus GS 350 comes with a long list of standard safety features highlighting front knee airbags and Safety Connect, a simplistic telematics service. Safety Connect includes an automatic collision notification, stolen vehicle locator, and an SOS emergency assistance button. Apart from these additional safety features, the Lexus GS 350 includes antilock brakes with brake assist, stability control, traction control, front and rear side-impact airbags, active front head restraints and side curtain airbags.
The new 2011 Lexus GS 350 is a refined machine dedicated to wrapping its occupants in luxury. With a starting price of $46,000 the Lexus GS 350 comes as a well-appointed mid-sized luxury sedan. The as-tested price of my 2011 Lexus GS 350 came in at $48,910 including delivery, processing and handling fees.
Copyright: 2011 AutomotiveAddicts.com
- Price: Base GS 350 $46,900 As-Tested $48,910
- Engine: 3.5-liter 303 horsepower @ 6200 rpm/ 274 ft-lbs torque @ 3600 rpm
- Drive: RWD (optional AWD)
- Wheelbase: 112.2in.
- Total length: 190.0in.
- Total width: 71.7in.
- Total height: 56.1in.
- Track: f/r-60.4/60.6in.
- Turning circle: 34.1ft.
- Headroom: f/r-37.8/37.0in.
- Legroom: f/r-43.5/36.4in.
- MPG est.: 19 mpg city/26mpg highway
- Fuel tank: 18.8 gallons
- 0-60mph: 5.7 seconds
- EPA cargo volume: 15.2cu.ft.
- Curb weight: 3,795 lbs.
|2013 Lexus GS 350 Revealed at Pebble Beach||
Not only does Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance introduce many new concept vehicles to the lovely public, but several manufacturers reveal new production vehicles such as the highly anticipated new 2013 Lexus GS 350.
From all of the prototype photos and teaser shots of the upcoming Lexus GS, Toyota’s luxury division was happy to introduce their new luxury sports sedan. The new 2013 Lexus GS 350 is poised to be more of a drivers vehicle to be a better alternative for those seeking a new Benz E-Class or BMW 5 Series.
The new 2013 Lexus GS 350 features a 3.5-liter V6 with 306 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque all directed through a six-speed sequential shift automatic transmission. Rear-wheel-drive is standard with an optional all-wheel-drive system that can split power output 50/50 or 30/70 depending on situations.
Dimensions for the 2013 Lexus GS 350 remain almost the same as the outgoing model but weight has been reduced about 80 pounds. An optional 17-speaker Mark Levinson audio system with 835-watts of power, 12.3-inch LCD infotainment display and Lexus Enform allowing Bing searches, Facebook, Pandora, sports and weather information, traffic and other data services sums up some of the new gadgetry in the 2013 GS.
Hit up the full press release below for additional information and specifications on the all-new 2013 Lexus GS 350.
Lexus Reveals All-New 2013 GS 350 at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
• A Sport Sedan with World-Class Luxury and Evocative Design Shows New Identity of Lexus
• Outstanding Driving Dynamics and Innovative Technology Combined
• Spacious Interior With Open, Modern Architecture
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif., August 18, 2011 – Lexus today unveiled the all-new GS 350 at a press conference in conjunction with the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The new 2013 GS combines bold, dynamic styling, precise handling, innovative technology, and a spacious interior. In addition to the GS 350, other 2013 GS models that will be launched in early 2012 include hybrid and F Sport versions, with further details to be announced later this year.
“Today, buyers in the mid-size luxury segment want a more engaging driving experience, styling that makes a statement, and a roomier interior package,” said Mark Templin, Lexus group vice president and general manager. “With the all-new GS, we’re giving them what they asked for, and more.”
Along with a new Lexus signature spindle grille, the GS is a car that conveys a tangible sense of driver confidence, with a redesigned chassis and a wide, strong stance that inspires and rewards driver participation with crisp and precise handling.
GS engineers challenged themselves to develop a more spacious interior environment. While leaving exterior dimensions virtually unchanged, they dramatically increased cabin and trunk space to create an interior that can easily transport passengers and their luggage in luxury and style regardless of distance.
Richly endowed with world-class features and premium details, the new GS is supported by advanced, performance-enhancing technology that makes it more than just a luxury car. The driver and front passenger will enjoy the clean appearance of the new high-resolution central control display.
￼A New Personality and An Invitation To Drive
Designing the new GS 350 to be both strong and agile was a key focus of the engineering team. They looked to the Lexus LFA supercar for inspiration and carried over some key elements to provide a more engaging driving experience, including a new aerodynamic body; a completely new platform with a wider stance and stiffer structure; a transmission with quicker shifts; distinctive engine sound and exhaust notes; and better seat support.
The new platform is more rigid compared to the current model. Engineers conducted extensive platform testing, ultimately increasing the number of spot welds and adding laser welds in very specific locations. The track, wider by almost two inches, works in combination with a revised suspension design to assure a more solid stance and superior cornering performance.
The new suspension system is designed to help guide the 2013 GS through corners with precision. In the front, upper and lower control arms are made from aluminum and employ larger bushings. The rear subframe has been completely redesigned to accommodate an all-new multi-link rear suspension, using improved suspension geometry that retains tire cornering force and enhances rear control. With the stiffer platform and lighter components, the shocks can use lighter-viscosity oil, so they move easily and respond to small inputs more quickly.
The use of front and rear aluminum control arms helps reduce unsprung weight and results in significant improvements in agility, roll damping, ride comfort, body control and steering precision. Overall, the suspension is lighter and stronger, allowing it to react to driver input readily, and ride quietly without harshness. Ventilated disc brakes featuring four-piston aluminum front calipers are endowed with the latest electronic enhancements to help provide braking balance and control.
Customized Driving Experience
The new GS is powered by an advanced 3.5-liter V6, four cams, and four valves per cylinder with dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i). At 306 horsepower, it is one of the most powerful base engines in the segment, as well as the only one with both port and direct injection. It propels the GS from 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds and at the same time, fuel economy has been improved.
Acceleration from 30 to 50 mph can take just 3.0 seconds, and improved engine sound characteristics complement the bolder, more energetic personality of the new GS. The six-speed sequential shift automatic transmission has paddle shifters and sport driving functions as standard equipment.
The transmission incorporates many features adopted from the Lexus IS F high-performance sedan – including faster shifts, earlier torque converter lockup and downshift throttle blips – to support four driving modes that can be operated by toggling the new Lexus Drive Mode selector. In addition to the Normal mode, the following settings let the driver customize the driving experience:
• ECO mode revises throttle mapping, seat heating, and climate control systems for better fuel economy. In ECO mode, meter lighting changes to blue.
• SPORT S mode revises throttle mapping and transmission shifting priorities to fully exploit the capabilities of the powertrain. In SPORT S mode, meter lighting changes to red.
• SPORT S+ mode (available on some models) engages handling enhancements via a sport setting of the adaptive variable suspension, steering system, and vehicle stability control (VSC) together with the powertrain enhancements of SPORT S mode.
An optional electronically controlled all-wheel-drive system is designed to enhance traction in a variety of driving conditions. The system can vary front-to-rear torque balance from 50/50 to as much as 30/70, depending on driving conditions, for exceptional control.
Innovative Lexus Design
The 2013 GS expresses a new generation of Lexus’ design philosophy with its precisely
sculpted exterior and will lead the rest of the lineup in an entirely new direction. When designers shaped the GS they visualized the flow of air around it and, like the LFA supercar, maximized aerodynamic efficiency for class-leading coefficient of drag.
The GS fuses distinctive style with engineering functionality. Fins incorporated into the side of the tail lamps and the design of the trunk area all help direct air over and past the car. The rear bumper underbody area was designed for reduced wind resistance to help keep the car firmly planted on the ground. Finally, air inlets located on the outer edges of the lower grille serve as cooling ducts.
The signature spindle grille with its trapezoidal contours evolved from current Lexus styling and fully integrates into the aggressive front bumper allowing for efficient airflow. This distinctive Lexus design feature combined with the deep-set, high-tech headlamps and L-shaped LED daytime running lamps further express the vehicle’s confident and dynamic character. The headlamps use a projector beam design, adding a strong, chiseled appearance and excellent illumination.
From the side, the GS projects the image of a spacious sport sedan with a road-hugging wider stance. The tapered lower rocker panel and the short front overhang give the vehicle a sense of motion. Width-enhancing front and rear wheel arches adds an athletic stance enhancing the vehicle’s dynamic presence.
The rear bumper features a distinctive exhaust diffuser and centered aero fins to help control underbody airflow. Combined with the L-shaped LED tail lamps, a Lexus design cue, these rear bumper features lend a high-performance appearance. Overall, the new GS sheet metal represents a significant extension of the Lexus L-finesse philosophy that is the core of all Lexus product design.
The GS 350 will feature three colors that are new to the Lexus color palette: Riviera Red, Meteor Blue Metallic and Liquid Platinum. Vehicles in Riviera Red will benefit from glass flakes incorporated into the coating that adds a high level of brilliance to the paint. Lexus engineers developed a new advanced coating process for Liquid Platinum exteriors. The GS 350 will be the first Lexus to adopt this new coating technology. Vehicles with the Liquid Platinum exterior will appear more radiant as an additional metallic texture gives both strong shading and defined, sharp highlights. This metallic effect makes subtle and defined bodylines more noticeable and the surface appear finely polished.
Spacious Interior with Premium Upgrades
The GS provides more overall space for all occupants. With these changes, the new GS
offers comfortable space for front and rear passengers.
Upgraded accommodations start with the driver. The entire cabin was created around the driver and the driving experience. A horizontal-themed instrument panel emphasizes the spaciousness through its wide layout. A redesigned seat frame and changes to steering column architecture enable an improved driver seating position for increased comfort, better forward visibility and overall command of the road. Equal attention has been paid to maximizing space for rear passengers, adding headroom, legroom, knee room and improved foot space compared to the current generation GS.
Door openings have also been revised for easier ingress and egress. Trunk space has been increased by almost 25 percent, and trunk access is improved with a wider, deeper opening.
Painstaking attention to detail was applied to the GS cabin as well to create a balance of luxurious and technological amenities and emotional design. The new layout of the long, sculpted dash gives the driver and front passenger a sense of roominess through its clean center stack and new, large high-resolution center control display placed deep near the front windshield. Most of the comfort and convenience controls such as audio and climate were relocated to provide a cleaner and more sophisticated dash layout.
The interior includes a number of embedded premium upgrades as standard equipment. A new energy-saving auto climate control system called S-Flow uses the occupant-detection system to focus airflow only to the front area where passengers are actually seated, a first-in-class technology. A next-generation Remote Touch with one-push confirmation is standard on all models and enables smooth, intuitive operations control.
The Remote Touch allows the user to operate the climate, audio, phone controls, optional navigation system and more. The screen menus are selected with the controller, eliminating the need to reach out. Remote touch also reduces eye movement and helps users operate functions with reduced effort and distraction. A standard rear back-up camera helps add security and convenience.
The finely crafted cabin detail is complemented further by ambient lighting that unobtrusively welcomes and guides the user into the vehicle, providing a carefully designed experience. New white LED lights are sequentially lit to illuminate the areas around the doors, center console and footwells. A new analog clock with LED indicators, carved from an ingot, adds a unique touch, at once both modern and traditional.
Cabin materials include three types of wood specially chosen to highlight the unique flavors of the model variations. Meticulously detailed contrast stitching is used as a visual accent on the instrument panel, door trim, center console, shift knob and steering wheel to create a rich, tailored interior space.
Next-generation Lexus multimedia brings a host of standard entertainment and connectivity enhancements, including enhanced Bluetooth® capability with automatic phonebook download and streaming audio.
GS buyers will get DVD audio and video compatibility, MP3 sound enhancement, 5.1 Surround Sound, and a high-resolution eight-inch central control display centrally located high up in the instrument panel. An SMS text-to-speech feature allows the driver to be read text messages and send preset responses with a compatible smart phone. HD RadioTM with iTunes tagging and a three-month trial subscription to SiriusXM Satellite Radio are standard. The Gracenote Media management system creates dynamic music playlists and a voice recognition solution recognizes nicknames for music artists and even some mispronunciations.
By adding the optional navigation system, GS owners can get an industry-first 12.3-inch, split-screen, high-resolution multi-media display. The split-screen ultra-large display enhances visibility through the use of advanced, high-definition graphics that are easy to read and easy to use. The 12.3-inch screen is large enough to support simultaneous, split-screen viewing of a large map display, plus audio, climate or other vehicle information.
GS buyers will also have access to next-generation Lexus Enform®, the system that leverages mobile phone technology to provide a new level of connectivity and information management. Local searches can be conducted through Bing, or use voice-enabled apps to make restaurant reservations through OpenTable, get movie tickets via MovieTickets.com or tap into internet radio, including Pandora® or iHeartRadio.
They will also appreciate the ability to check-in on Facebook, and search for restaurant reviews on Yelp. SiriusXM data services offer information on stocks, traffic, weather, sports and fuel prices. The system is updatable and upgradeable through over-the-air downloads, so new apps and content can be readily added.
For audiophiles who insist on the ultimate in audio performance, an 835-watt, 17-speaker Mark Levinson audio system is available. The system provides 7.1 Surround Sound through 10 channels using a new class D Digital amplifier and luxury-first Green EdgeTM speakers that are lighter, more energy-efficient and have less distortion. The new system produces almost three times as many watts per channel over the previous generation.
￼Integrated Safety Systems
In addition to enhanced braking systems and an impact-absorbing body structure, the new GS offers significant advances in both passive and active safety systems as standard equipment.
There are a class-leading 10 airbags in the new GS, including a knee airbag for both front driver and passenger. Rear seat occupants have seat-mounted side airbags, and all four outboard occupants are equipped with side curtain airbags.
New Whiplash Injury Lessening (WIL) front seats increases the likelihood that occupants will be in optimum position at the moment of impact, enhancing the protective effect of the seatbelt system. Standard seatbelts with pretensioners with force limiters used for front and outboard rear seats further assist occupant protection.
Available options to help further enhance occupant safety include a pre-collision system, which uses the dynamic radar cruise control system to provide early warning of upcoming objects that might result in a collision. The system also uses a first-in-class infrared camera to monitor the driver’s eyes to check on driver status. In the event that the driver does not appear to be looking forward when a collision appears imminent, the system will initiate the warning at an earlier threshold. If the driver still does not respond and make the appropriate maneuver, the system will initiate braking intervention up to two seconds prior to impact, helping to lessen the severity of the collision.
Other available safety systems include a Night Vision System that enhances driver visibility at night; Heads Up Display (HUD); a Blind Spot Monitor that helps detect vehicles in rear/side blind spots; and Lane Keep Assist (LKA) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW). GS is the first in its segment to offer LKA with active steering torque to provide a small amount to assist in maintaining course, while the LDW feature alerts the driver if the system detects that the vehicle is beginning to drift out of the lane.
“The new GS 350 combines luxury, outstanding driving dynamics and world-class technology features in a new and bold design,” said Templin. “We expect this car to occupy a key position both at the core of the Lexus brand and at the heart of the mid-luxury sedan segment.”
|Lexus Teases New 2013 GS350 Before Concours Debut||
Lexus has already teased us a few times with “spy” videos of the new 2013 GS350 on testing grounds wrapped up in black camo. Now they have teased us with a new frontal image of the 2013 GS which looks to be very similar to the LF-Gh Concept car.
We will expect the new 2013 Lexus GS to have a 3.5-liter V6 engine making over 300 horsepower.
Look for the 2013 Lexus GS350 to debut at the upcoming Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on August 18th.