Posted Dec 1st 2011 4:46AM
The 2013 Lexus GS 350 F Sport luxury sedan are revealed at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas. a rather less delicate version of the recently revealed 2013 Lexus GS 350 though a so much cry from the high-performance GS F everyone seems to be holding out for. The F Sport package could be a step more aggressive than the standard GS 350. It adds quicker steering, adjustable shocks, stiffer springs, thicker antiroll bars, staggered-width Bridgestone Potenza summer tires, optional rear-wheel steering and bigger 14-inch front brakes for Lexus GS 350 F Sport.
In case you’re wondering, the automotive has been fitted with 19-inch wheels, an adjustable suspension setup, thicker anti-roll bars, new bushings, and bigger brakes up front biting high friction pads. Power Lexus GS 350 F Sport comes from a stock commonplace 3.5-liter V-6 rated at 306 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque and capable of sending the automotive from 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds. At 306 horsepower, it’s one amongst the foremost powerful base engines within the section, in addition because the just one with each port and direct injection. Output is up, however solely slightly to 306 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 277 pound-feet at 4,800. The Lexus GS 350 F Sport 6-speed sequential shift automatic transmission has paddle shifters and sport driving functions as commonplace equipment.
The Lexus GS remains perfectly silent on the highway at cruising speed. However, get laborious on the throttle from 3,500 rpm on up and there is a pleasingly enthusiastic growl. Sadly this technique shifts for itself at 6,400 rpm even in Manual mode, created annoyingly obvious throughout an autocross when the GS would up shift to third right before you were getting ready to brake for a chicane.
For the outside style, the Lexus GS 350 F Sport package separates itself from the GS line-up with distinctive exterior details. The GS 350 with F Sport package are going to be outfitted with a sport front bumper and rear lower valence, rear lip spoiler, distinctive F Sport mesh grille inserts and F Sport badging. The F Sport package includes a stiffer version of Lexus’ Adaptive Variable Suspension in addition as electric-assist Variable Gear Ratio Steering. Our take a look at automotive conjointly featured the optional Dynamic Rear Steering system.
As with the GS 350, the GS 350 F Sport package are going to be commonplace equipped with ten airbags, as well as a knee airbag for each front driver and passenger. Rear seat occupants have seat-mounted facet airbags, and every one four outboard occupants are equipped with facet curtain airbags. Conjointly commonplace are new Whiplash Injury Lessening front seats designed to assist limit excessive head movement, and facilitate decrease the severity of whiplash-type injuries in sure sorts of rear-end collisions. Commonplace seatbelts with pretensioners with force limiters used for front and outboard rear seats additional assist occupant protection.
The Lexus GS 350 with F Sport package will feature 2 new colors: Riviera Red and Liquid Platinum, and also be on the market in Starfire Pearl, Nebula grey Pearl and Obsidian. Costs haven’t been set, however the GS 350 can likely are available in beneath $48,000. Which suggests the GS can undercut the Audi A6 3.0T Quattro ($49,900), BMW 535i ($52,250) and Mercedes-Benz E350 ($50,490). Obtaining the total goodness of the F Sport package will most likely run you another $4,000, and tack on about a grand a lot of if you want rear steering.