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2013 Lexus GS 350 Preview


2013 Lexus GS 350

2013 Lexus GS 350

Using the spectacular setting of the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance to show off the 2013 Lexus GS 350 mid-size luxury family sedan, Lexus got what it intended: an audience primed to be impressed.

They weren’t disappointed. The five-passenger 2013 Lexus GS 350, just by looks alone, is remarkably similar to the Lexus LF-Gh concept revealed at the New York Auto Show this past April. Turning the concept into reality, the automaker says it also looked to the LFA Supercar and the high-performance IS F sedan.

For family buyers looking for a luxury mid-size sedan with plenty of performance and all the latest bells and whistles, the 2013 Lexus GS 350 may just fit the wants-and-needs list. Here’s the preliminary information from Lexus.

2013 Lexus GS 350

2013 Lexus GS 350

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Performance

Long known as a luxury sports sedan, the tradition continues with the latest iteration of the GS 350. With its aerodynamic body, the newest GS 360 sits on an all-new platform, one that’s nearly two inches wider and provides stiffer suspension for superior cornering. The GS 350 also boasts a quicker-shifting transmission with many features adopted from the Lexus IS F, distinct engine and exhaust sounds, and more supportive seats.

Power comes from a 306-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 engine with dual Variable Valve Timing with Intelligence (VVT-i), port and direct injection, generating 277 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with a six-speed sequential shift automatic transmission with paddle shifters and sport driving functions. Zero to 60 mph takes an estimated 5.7 seconds.

Rear-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is available.

 

2013 Lexus GS 350

2013 Lexus GS 350

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Interior

On the inside, the 2013 Lexus GS 350 boasts a leather and brushed-chrome themed cabin designed around the driver and the driving experience. The seat frame was redesigned and the steering column architecture changed to provide the driver with a more comfortable seating position, better forward visibility and overall command of the road. Rear-seat passengers benefit from increased headroom, legroom, knee room and foot space compared to the current-generation GS.

Trunk space increases by 25 percent and there’s access thanks to a wider and deeper opening.

Technology

Standard equipment includes enhanced Bluetooth connectivity with automatic phonebook download and streaming audio, DVD audio and video compatibility, MP3 sound enhancement, 5.1 Surround Sound, and a high-resolution eight-inch display screen.

With the optional navigation system, GS 350 buyers get an industry-first 12.3-inch, split-screen, high-resolution multi-media display. For ultimate family listening pleasure, an 835-watt, 17-speaker Mark Levinson audio system is available.

Safety

Ten airbags are standard, including knee airbags for the driver and front passenger. Rear passengers have seat-mounted side airbags, and all four outboard occupant positions are equipped with side curtain airbags. New Whiplash Injury Lessening front seats and seatbelts with pretensioners are also standard.

Optional safety technology includes a pre-collision system that uses the dynamic radar cruise control system to warn of an impending collision and an infrared camera to monitor the driver’s eyes for any signs of inattention; a Night Vision system; heads-up display; Blind Spot Monitor, and Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning.

The automaker promises that further details on the 2013 Lexus GS 350 will be available later, along with information on 2013 GS hybrid and F Sport versions that will launch early in 2012.

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