The 2013 Lexus GS 350, GS 450h and GS 350 F SPORT models, featuring new technology, design and power upgrades, will make their first North American auto show appearance Nov. 18-27 at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Powered by a 3.5-liter V6 and 306 horsepower, the 2013 GS 350 has 0-60 mph acceleration in 5.7 seconds. The six-speed sequential shift automatic transmission, equipped with paddle shifters, offers four driving modes: Normal, ECO, SPORT S, and SPORT S+.
An optional electronically controlled all-wheel-drive system is designed to enhance traction in a variety of driving conditions.
GS buyers will also have access to next-generation Lexus Enform with Safety Connect, along with advanced DVD audio and video compatibility. An SMS text-to-speech feature allows the driver to be read text messages and send preset responses with a compatible smart phone. With the optional navigation system, GS owners get an industry-first 12.3-inch, split-screen, high-resolution multi-media display.
The 2013 Lexus GS features 10 airbags and new Whiplash Injury Lessening (WIL) front seats. Available safety options include a pre-collision system, featuring an infrared camera to monitor the driver’s eyes to check on driver status. Other available safety systems include a Night Vision System that enhances driver visibility at night; Heads Up Display (HUD); a Blind Spot Monitor that helps detect vehicles in rear/side blind spots; and Lane Keep Assist (LKA) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW).
Unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, the GS 450 hybrid version of the 2013 GS 350 incorporates improvements to its hybrid powertrain and is equipped with a second generation Lexus Hybrid Drive system.
The Lexus GS 450h will accelerate from 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds. Fuel consumption is expected to be improved by more than 30 percent. The GS 450h is targeting certification as a Super-Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle II (SULEV II). The new GS hybrid also features a Drive Mode selector. In addition to the Normal mode, the driver can customize the driving experience using ECO, SPORT S, SPORT S+ and EV modes.
Introduced at the 2011 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas, the 2013 GS 350 with F SPORT features 19-inch wheels, F SPORT-tuned Adaptive Variable Suspension, thicker anti-roll bars, bushing changes, and new larger front brakes with high friction pads.
In addition, rear-wheel drive models will be equipped with 19-inch staggered width wheels and Variable Gear Ratio Steering. Inside, the all-new package also features a sporty attitude with a new 16-way power driver’s sport seat, interior design treatment and available F SPORT exclusive Cabernet Red leather interior.
Following the inspirational design cues of the IS line-up and CT 200h, the F SPORT package separates itself from the GS line-up with distinctive exterior details. To display its aggressive attitude, the GS 350 with F SPORT package will be outfitted with a sport front bumper and rear lower valence, rear lip spoiler, unique F SPORT mesh grille inserts and F SPORT badging.