Since its introduction over twenty years ago, Lexus has built a reputation based on comfort and industry-leading reliability. Now the brand is trying to establish itself as a serious performance car builder. With the door opened by the LFA supercar and the ES increasing in size to cover the comfort end of the midsize market, the 2013 Lexus GS sedan was open for a sporty makeover. Critics were wowed by the car’s performance when it debuted, comparing it favorably with major players in the performance sedan market. Now there’s news of a coupe version on the way that will bring even better performance.
What makes the GS so different?
The shift in the GS’s mission began with the styling. Lexus introduced their new spindle grill on the car, while drawing other styling cues from the IS. The wide shouldered look of the old GS was gone, replaced by sharp creases befitting a sports sedan. Rear seat room increased to improve practicality, but lightweight materials kept the curb weight the same as the outgoing model.
A new adaptive suspension kept the comfort levels the same while making the car much more agile. All models allow the driver to tune throttle response on the fly with the “Eco,” “Standard,” and “Sport” modes, providing a trade-off between performance and fuel economy. The Luxury and F-Sport trims added another setting, “Sport+,” that sets the suspension and throttle control to provide maximum performance.
The car also got its own version of the F Sport line. Bulging fenders were added to cover the larger tires and wheels, but the designers also decided to add a striking angular lower clip to help differentiate it from the standard car. Instead of dropping in a massive engine, Lexus decided to use the same V6 for better weight distribution, concentrating on improving the F Sport’s handling. Central to this improvement is the Lexus Dynamic Handling System. This combination of rear wheel steering, variable ratio power steering and a retuned suspension gives the car controllable, balanced handling right up to the limit without a hint of understeer or oversteer. Although the computer control system is constantly making adjustments to keep the car in control, all that technology works so seamlessly that the driver will never feel like the computer is in control of the vehicle.Comments
When looking for a new car, the most common features people consider are style, power, refinement, luxury, reliability, safety, and efficiency. For parents with small children, there is another consideration: the child safety seat, and how well the car will accommodate the seat and their children. Cars.com has recently evaluated the functionality of the car seat retaining systems in the new 2013 Lexus GS 350. The review does a great job answering the questions parents might have when considering a new mid-size family sedan.
We know what a treat Jerry was in for driving the all-new 2013 Lexus GS. It’s the perfect mix of power and technology – a light year ahead of it’s competition, and the epitome of luxury. Jerry appears to like the improvements – and we know you will too.
Lexus promoted the all-new 2013 Lexus GS with it’s first-ever Super Bowl commercial last Sunday at the Super Bowl. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the production of the commercial. Makes good sense that the focus on the commercial was pure Lexus – and their passion for performance and quality.Comments
Lexus asked their Facebook fans earlier this month which feature of the newly-redesigned Lexus GS they would like to learn more about. They offered their feedback and Lexus went all-out with this video, featuring Scott Pruett – race car driver – based on Facebook fan feedback – that covers the design and performance enhancements of the new GS.
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There has been buzz for months about the 2013 Lexus GS, newly redesigned, and full of muscle. Next month, in Lexus’ first-ever Super Bowl commercial spot, the 2013 Lexus GS will show some of that muscle during the broadcast of the Super Bowl on NBC (February 5th).Comments