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2013 Lexus GS Rev-ealed!

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On: Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 3:23PM | By: Chris Salamone

2013 Lexus GS Rev-ealed!

Launched at Pebble Beach, Lexus announced the company’s plans to produce an all-new GS 350 in 2013. Like the vehicle’s predecessors, this most recent GS appears to be another road-raging monster synched with the refinements of proper luxury breeding. The new GS mixes uniquely aggressive styling with enhanced handling, the latest technology, and a more spacious interior. Most enticingly, in addition to the GS 350, Lexus plans to launch other GS models in early 2012—hinting at a hybrid and F Sport version.

“Today, buyers in the mid-size luxury segment want a more engaging driving experience, styling that makes a statement, and a roomier interior package,” declared Mark Templin, the Lexus group VP and General Manager. “With the all-new GS, we’re giving them what they asked for, and more.”

Drawing inspiration from the IS F high-performance sedan, and more significantly the LFA, this latest GS features some robust suspension and transmission improvements. Drivers can choose between four different suspension settings: Normal, ECO, Sport S, and Sport S+. For optimal winter performance, an optional AWD system is offered, which can moderate front-to-rear torque from 50/50 to 30/70.

The AWD system’s preference for rear wheel drive tends to hint that this latest GS is more of a track star than a soft-roader, like your average Subaru or Volvo XC70.

While the GS has a completely redesigned exterior, the most notable physical feature of this latest GS is the interior. Lexus has clearly spent an incredible amount of time refining accents, trim, and ergonomics. So much so, three types of wood are offered in conjunction with different model choices. Safety and multimedia features have received an upgrade over previous generations as well.

No word yet on the performance stats of a future GS F, but the company’s projections for the GS 350 paint a promising picture for a performance-oriented model. The GS 350 is expected to produce 306 hp at 6400 rpm and 277 lb.-ft. of torque at 4800 rpm. Curb weight will come in just shy of 4,000 lbs, so the vehicle’s 0-60 is quite impressive: 5.7 seconds. Lexus claims that fuel economy will be improved, but the official press release does not give anything more concrete. The current GS 350 achieves 26 mpg/highway and 19 mpg/city.

With the GS, performance and comfort are the name of the game. There remains only one reason the 2013 GS might not be as successful as previous generations – the rising price of gas. Will buyers in the mid-size luxury market value significant improvements to comfort and performance over the cost and impracticality of constant stops for refueling? Time will tell.

Click for the official Lexus Press Release!

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