The barrage of teaser images and leaked photos are over for the new 2013 Lexus GS. Lexus just officially unveiled its new luxury sedan at the Concours d’Elegance in California. Through a series of teaser images, we were a bit disappoint on the new design, but these new photos of the 2013 Lexus GS tell us a different story. And indeed we have changed our tune, the new 2013 Lexus GS luxury sedan lives up to its name with its new luxurious sporty design to satisfy both enthusiasts and the younger generation of car buyers.
The 2013 Lexus GS is based on the LF-Gh concept that was debuted at the New York Auto Show this year. The new 2013 Lexus GS is more sportier and luxury than previous-generation model. It features sharper and bolder lines to make its presence. Noticeable are the prominent trapezoidal front grille, deep-set headlamps with L-shaped LED daytime running lights, and a much streamlined body work.
For the North American market, the 2012 Lexus GS 350 is equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 producing 306 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. The V6 engine is mated to a 6-speed sequential shift automatic transmission with paddle shifters and sport driving functions as standard equipment. This powertrain setup translates a 0-60 mph (96km/h) time in just 5.7 seconds and a top speed of 142 mph (228 km/h) for this luxury sedan. In addition, Lexus will offer the GS in both rear-wheel and all-wheel drive versions. An optional electronically controlled all-wheel-drive system can vary the power split between 50/50 and 30/70, but a torque-vectoring rear differential is not available.
The 2013 Lexus GS features three driving modes, from economy to maximum consumption. In ECO mode, a new throttle mapping is on, seat heaters and climate controls are off to improved fuel economy. And in while the Sport S mode, it changes the instrument lighting from blue to red to signify more aggressive shifts and throttle settings. Lastly is the Sport S+ mode, it adds a tighter steering, turns off the stability control and power on the adaptive suspension to provide pure sport acceleration.
Suspension system for the 2013 Lexus GS 350 features aluminum upper and lower control arms along with a new multilink suspension. The mid-size sedan also features wider tracks of +40 mm up front and +50 mm at the rear end. To help with the shock response, Lexus uses shock absorbers with lighter-viscosity oil. Braking is provided by ventilated discs all around with four-piston calipers up front. The 2013 Lexus GS rolls on standard 17×7.5-inch wheels with optional 18×8 or 19×8-inch, the latter of which are wrapped with 235/45 or 235/40 rubber, respectively.
The overall dimensions of the 2013 Lexus GS are similar to the current model, but the new Lexus GS sedan offers improved cabin space design to provide easy access, comfort and visibility. The curb weight is now down to to 3,715 pounds, which is about 80 pounds lighter than current model.
As we move to the interior of the 2013 Lexus GS, we see that the design bears resembling to the Lexus LF-A sports car. The interior is more driver oriented, with major controls kept nearby. Another enhancement is the new Remote Touch system for the adaptive climate control system, which can detect how many occupants are in the GS and adjust the HVAC accordingly. To stay in theme with the luxury design, wood and leather abound everywhere.
Other technological amenities include Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, a 5.1 surround sound stereo and eight-inch central control display, SMS text-to-speech read on speakers, Lexus Enform infotainment for Bing searches, Pandora, iHeartRadio and Facebook integration, and Sirius XM data services such as traffic, weather, sports and fuel prices. There is also even a voice-enabled command system to purchase ticket and make restaurant reservations.
The new 2013 Lexus GS is no doubt is an advanced luxury sports car, and this has manifested through its modern design along with its cutting-edge technological features.
The 2013 Lexus GS sedan will begin production in December of this year, and will be in showrooms in February of 2012.