New Lexus GS 350
When you think about the Lexus GS, many words come to mind to describe the four-door saloon. Comfortable. Luxurious. Reliable. But, one word has been missing. And that’s sporty. But with the launch of the
new 2013 GS 350, ‘sporty’ is very much a key part of the cars character. Well, what do you expect when the engineers have used the LFA supercar as inspiration?
With a stiffer platform, wider track and freshened up suspension system, it may just handle almost as well as the LFA.
But, if you think there’s a big V8 under the bonnet, you’d be wrong. Sitting in the engine bay is a 3.5-litre V6 with port and direct injection, four cams, four valves per cylinder and variable valve timing. It’s mated to a quicker-shifting six-speed automatic with paddle shifters, which come as standard. Don’t, however, think the V6 is a weakling, it’s far from that. The GS 350 produces 306bhp and hits 0-100kph in a very respectable 5.7seconds.
In addition to the Normal drive mode, you also get Eco, Sport and Sport Plus. There’s an optional all-wheel drive system which can vary front-to-rear torque balance from 50/50 to 30/70
We like the sculpted new looks of the GS 350 especially the aggressive front bumper and air inlets on the outer edges of the grille, not to mention the diffuser at the back and the 17in alloys - which you can spec up to 19in.
Inside, there’s space galore and since it’s a Lexus, the seats are more comfortable than your favourite armchair. It features ambient lighting, an energy-saving climate control called S-Flow, a DVD audio and video compatibility and a high-resolution 8in central control display while on the safety front, it has a class-leading 10 airbags.