2012 Lexus GS 350 prototype, an AutoWeek Flash Drive Car Review

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The 2012 Lexus GS 350 was disguised for our close to the beginning examination drive.

By: Mark Vaughn on 7/22/2011

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What Is It? No, it is not the all-landau-bodied GS. That is camouflage to stay prying eyes absent as of discovering the fact concerning Lexus' effort to get a number of similar out of its flagging GS line. A sum of concerning 7,000 similar a day is not satisfactory to the lavishness division, and Lexus hopes so as to profits to the GS determination get better persons figures.

Lexus attract petroleum prototype a new platform, but it has the precise similar 112.2-inch wheelbase as the present car. The new GS is lighter by 157 pounds, at 3,638, and it stay additional spot and laser welds to stiffen it up. There are profits to the suspension geometry and to contemporary understanding genuine as Adaptive Variable Suspension and Lexus Dynamic Handling. And one replica has four-wheel steer. The objective is to create it spirited by means of sports education sedans genuine as the BMW 5-series, the Audi A6 and the Infiniti M37. We now obtainable no specifics concerning horsepower, but Lexus inappropriately so as to the new car's 3.5-liter V6 determination contain additional of it, as,at the same time as receiving improved gas mileage. The present GS 350 construct 303 hp and 274 lb-ft of torque as,at the same time as returning 22 mpg joint metropolis and highway, so we shape the new car determination contain at smallest amount 304 hp, 275 lb-ft and 23 mpg.

How Does It Drive? Lexus put jointly a extremely tidy heavy knowledge for us, combining metropolis streets, an autocross route and a respectably twisty mountain road. In the city, the GS 350 divide so as to it motionless had all of the quiet and soothe for construct Lexus is renowned. There is additional headroom front and back and a inferior hip tip for the driver.

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On the autocross course, we put the Drive Mode Select eager on sport-plus and inappropriately similar to crazy to get the back end to approach out, petroleum existence form rear-wheel drive and us thinking we now do-rifto kings. But all we might do was create it understeer, still by means of the present and (we assume) prototype car's 52/48 front/rear heaviness balance. Despite Lexus's list so as to the contemporary controls let additional slip in petroleum new version, we now danged if we might get it extremely a great deal out of line. That's probably high-quality for Lexus buyers, who worth predictability and constancy on top of all else. Similar hamstrings reserved the IS as of existence form as a great deal fun as it might contain person's name at what time it debuted.

Finally, we exposed so as to the off button for all of so as to contemporary constancy stuff was enclosed beneath black camo tape on the dash. We peeled it rear and detained the button downward for inquisitiveness to five seconds, and after that . . . a small oversteer. That was since we now in the upscale replica of the two GS 350 prototypes we drove, and so as to replica had four-wheel steer. The 4WS does, indeed, stay petroleum car in row extremely healthy and increases cornering hold by a enormous factor. So we got eager on the prototype with no the 4WS, peeled rear the tape, detained downward the switch, and--woo-hoo--watch out, Rhys Millen and Tanner Foust. With all of so as to stuff shut off, the car was actually fun, hanging the tail out as extended as we required to hang it out. Although it motionless quick a focused attempt to do so, on one occasion we got the back out, it was simple to stay it there, countersteering eager on the twist similar to Drift King Tsuchiya himself.

Then we headed up to the mountain road. Again, the 4WS car proved to be a great deal earlier from side to side corners, as you counting expect. That constancy and pace meant fewer braking entering the corners. On the straights recognized by turns, the 3.5-liter V6 (if so as to is indeed what's beneath the hood) responded by means of alacrity. The new car has the similar 5.7-second 0-to-60-mph occasion as the present model. The controls on the six-speed routine might be cranked up for quicker upshifts and for nicely matched throttle blips on downshifts.

It was high-quality on the mountains but not great, as if Lexus had inappropriately on one occasion more to create a polite car huge from side to side tuning and tweaking of the contemporary understanding in its place of preliminary out with, say, a 5-series chassis. As such, it motionless strength drop small of presentation sedans in the segment, at smallest amount as far as presentation goes. Those charitable for Lexus attributes genuine as quiet and soothe won't be disappointed and strength be astonished and delighted to discover how receptive the new GS is.

Do I Want It? If quiet and soothe are a priority--but you strength desire to contain a number of fun occasionally--you strength similar to petroleum effort by Lexus to create the GS additional sporty. But if you're a 5-series/A6/M37 buyer, it strength not be sporty enough. You decide; you're the buyer.

Look for a teaser photo to be free to the broken Aug. 4, the gasoline account of the Lexus GS 350 to be revealed at Pebble Beach, the hybrid at Frankfurt and an F-Sport at SEMA. Somewhere approximately there, we'll get additional specs and pricing and determination drive a manufacture account with no the vinyl camo cladding, though we type of liked the camo cladding.



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