2013 New Lexus GS 350

The Japanese luxury import got treated to a bit of Miami style thanks to the guys at Superior Auto Design. The car belongs to a doctor who just bought it last week and wanted custom class. 

The F Sport Package is interesting for both what it serves up, and for what it doesn’t. Buyers get staggered 19-inch wheels, an F Sport tuned adaptive suspension with adjustable dampers, variable-ratio electronic steering, larger front brake rotors, Sport S+ mode for Lexus’ Drive Mode Select and an F Sport driver’s seat. 

The front grille has a pinched look to it, shared with the CT 200h and the new LX, and is flanked by LED daytime running lamps and xenon headlights, both of which come standard. Once you move past the front, things get decidedly more tame, everything rearwards of the B-pillar is fairly nondescript. The rear of the GS 350 wraps things up with L-shaped LED taillights and a unique pair of almost trapezoidal tail pipes that are integrated into the rear bumper. 

The new GS shouts a very different message. Its styling is now as polarizing as it was generic and noncommittal. The interior sets a similarly aggressive tone and broadcasts its desire for younger buyers with a huge infotainment screen. The quick, surprisingly heavy steering likewise seems tuned to tell you instantly that this is a different sort of Lexus. I did not get a chance to take this all-wheel-drive model to its limit, but found the F-sport version we had in our office earlier offered commendably flat handling.
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