Lexus GS 350 F Sport to debut at SEMA

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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The 2013 Lexus GS 350 hasn't even come to market yet and already Lexus has announced a special F Sport performance package for the new luxury sedan. Awesome!

Although the GS 350 with F Sport package uses the same 3.5-litre V6 engine as the base GS and delivers the same 306 horsepower, the package adds exclusive performance equipment.

Exterior additions include a sport front bumper, rear lip spoiler, F Sport mesh grille inserts and F Sport badging. Other appearance items include 19-inch staggered width wheels with 265/35/19 rear tires - the widest rear tires of any factory equipped Lexus sedan. The optional all-wheel-drive model also has 19-inch wheels and can split front-to-rear torque balance from an even 50/50 to a rear-biased 30/70. To improve its stopping power, the GS 350 F Sport features larger front brakes with high-friction pads.

The GS 350 F Sport's 6-speed sequential shift automatic transmission makes use of steering wheel-mounted paddle-shifters and has four driving modes including Normal, Eco, Sport S and Sport S+. While Normal mode works well for routine driving, Eco mode revises the throttle mapping, climate control and even the seat heating feature all in a bid to improve fuel economy. Sport S mode again changes the throttle mapping and also the transmission response in order to make better use of the powertrain. In Sport S+ mode, all of the advantages of Sport S mode are incorporated as well as revisions to the vehicle's suspension which are claimed to make for better handling.

Lexus Dynamic Handling with dynamic rear steering (DRS) is an optional feature of the GS 350 F Sport package and is meant for drivers seeking the highest levels of handling. The system employs DRS, electric power steering and variable gear-ratio steering to monitor vehicle speed, steering direction and driver input. The system independently manages both front and rear wheel angles in order to improve turn-in, rear grip and overall cornering agility.

"With one of the most powerful base engines in the segment, the new racing-inspired GS 350 with F Sport package was designed to provide superior performance," said Larry Hutchinson, Director of Lexus in Canada. "The all-new F Sport package will also offer our customers a more aggressive and sporty appearance coupled with enhanced handling characteristics and driving."

Like its GS 350 counterpart, the GS 350 with F Sport package comes equipped with 10 standard airbags as well as standard whiplash injury lessening front seats. Other safety equipment includes a night vision system, a heads-up display, a blind spot monitor and lane keep assist with lane departure warning.

The performance-oriented 2012 Lexus GS 350 F Sport package makes its official debut at the 2011 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas on November 1.

©(Copyright Canadian Auto Press)

Topics: Sedan, Lexus, 2013, GS 350 F Sport, SEMA,

Organizations: Lexus

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