2013 Lexus GS 350: An aggressive new package

Lexus did not radically update its new GS model, but some of the add-ons and tuning make for a surprisingly sporty car.

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Long battling a reputation for luxury without performance, Lexus released the IS-F and LFA models, both cars of limited appeal. Now the company offers convincing performance on a more popular platform, the new GS 350.

The F Sport package for the GS 350 makes all the difference, adding aggressive tuning to both engine and transmission, along with an adaptive suspension. This is no mere cosmetic package. Thus equipped, the GS 350 shows impressive handling and gear-holding up to high revs.

Lexus also took a techie leap forward in the cabin, fitting the car with a huge, 12.3-inch LCD to show off the new Enform system, which relies on a connected smartphone to power apps, such as Yelp, Bing, and Pandora.

The new GS 350 makes for a very tech-filled cruiser, with cutting-edge features bringing external data into the infotainment system, improving driver safety, and increasing road-holding ability.

Read CNET's review of the 2013 Lexus GS 350 .

About the author

Wayne Cunningham reviews cars and writes about automotive technology for CNET. Prior to the Car Tech beat, he covered spyware, Web building technologies, and computer hardware. He began covering technology and the Web in 1994 as an editor of The Net magazine. He's also the author of "Vaporware," a novel that's available as a Nook e-book.


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