Arriving in dealerships in early February 2012 is the 2013 Lexus GS sedan. It costs $47,775 (including a destination charge of $875). Compared to the older models, the GS 350’s chassis has been redesigned and its stance is wider. The comfort of the driver and passenger is raised with the interior space being wider.
It is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that delivers 306hp with both port and direct injection. Lexus also claims that this twin-cam unit is more responsive and offers higher fuel economy than before. The GS 350 has an EPA rating of 19 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.
It could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds. The only available transmission is a six-speed automatic, which is coupled with paddle shifters on the steering wheel as well as programming from the IS-F performance sedan. Its shifts are faster and it is also equipped with earlier torque-converter lockup and downshift throttle blips.
Four modes are available on the GS -- eco, normal, sport S and the optional sport S+. Any of these could be chosen with the new Lexus Drive Mode Selector. For just $1,400, you could get the Premium package that features rain-sensing wipers, a power rear sunshade, and heated and ventilated front seats.
For $5,750, the Luxury package has all of the elements in the Premium package with the addition of adaptive suspension, adaptive front lighting, a set of 18-way power front seats, seat-position memory and 18-inch wheels, etc. The GS F Sport, which was unveiled at the SEMA show in Las Vegas, will have a MSRP of $53,465, including destination costs.
The F Sport’s body has gotten the go-fast treatment. It also comes with larger wheels and a tuned adaptive suspension. The rear-wheel-drive models feature staggered-width wheels, bigger front brakes and a variable steering-ratio setup that makes use of rear-wheel steering to make maneuvering around corners easier. Installing navigation would cost the buyer $1,735 more.
It also gets a 12.3-inch screen with dual display. Selecting this option allows access to the Lexus Enform Application, which enables the driver's mobile phone to listen to Web radio, search Bing, make dinner reservations or acquire movie tickets.