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2014 Lexus GS 350 F Sport - Driven

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  • Lexus GS 350 F Sport - Driven
  • Year:
    2014
  • Make:
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  • Engine:
    V6
  • Transmission:
    eight-speed auto
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    306
  • MPG(Cty):
    19
  • MPG(Hwy):
    29
  • Torque @ RPM:
    277
  • Displacement:
    3.5 L
  • 0-60 time:
    5.7 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    144 mph
  • Layout:
    Front-engine, Rear-Drive
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The Lexus GS sedan has been around for quite a while, seeing its first U.S. sales in 1993. Built to compete against the likes of BMW’s 5 Series, the GS is segmented between Lexus’ popular IS sedan and the high-rolling LS premium sedan. Now in its fourth generation, the front-engine, rear-drive sedan is better looking and sportier than ever before. But how does it compete?

I recently spent a week getting to know a Nebula Gray GS 350 F Sport around my familiar stomping ground of Central Florida. A short-ish road trip provided an even greater range of roads and conditions in which to put the GS through its paces. Make no bones about it, this is no boy-racer track car, but it’s no luxo party barge either.

Like all GS 350 sedans, my tester came powered by the ubiquitous 3.5-liter V-6, that in this case, makes 306 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. New for 2014 is an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The F Sport package adds extra adornments that liven up the GS’ appearance, larger wheels and tires, performance-oriented shocks, and larger brakes.

The interior was loaded down with nearly every desirable techno-functionality that makes driving more convenient. A massive, 12.3-inch infotainment screen lives deep in the center dashboard complete with Lexus’ Enform software, satellite radio, heated and cooled front seats, and leather everything.

So jump on down for the full run-down of the 2014 Lexus GS 350 F Sport including video and photos.

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Two More Sedans Could Head to the Chopping Block as Lexus Contemplates its Future

Two More Sedans Could Head to the Chopping Block as Lexus Contemplates its Future

Spoiler Alert – It’s the IS and the GS!

We cannot stress enough on the fact that sedans are on their way to extinction. After Ford and Chevrolet, the trend seems to be making its way into the premium automakers’ category as well. This time, it’s Lexus with the IS and the GS sedans. Is this a smart move by a company whose sales figures are controlled by loyalists?

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Lexus Outsmarts Gravity to Save Your Day

Lexus Outsmarts Gravity to Save Your Day

The black abyss between the seats has been thwarted!

You know that sinking feeling when your phone or keys fall between the seat and the center console of your car. It’s awful. It means you’ll be pulling over and hunching under the steering wheel or in the back seat trying to fish your phone out without scratching the screen. Almost worse, when a French fry unknowingly falls into the trench and your car smells like fast food for two weeks. Thankfully, Lexus has devised a solution – a foam pad that fills the gap yet allows for movement of the power-adjustable seat.

I’m currently driving a 2017 Lexus GS 200t F Sport and was reminded of the feature when my iPhone slid from my right front pocket. It would have disappeared if it hadn’t been for the padded blocker.

This ingenious technology isn’t new, however. Lexus has been doing this for as long as I’ve been reviewing cars (since 2013), and likely longer. There are also several aftermarket “As Seen On TV” products that attempt the same thing, though they are not sewn onto the seat and probably sink into the gap themselves. That’s not the case here. It stays put and keeps everything from danger. When it comes time to adjust the seat, the foam pad simply contours around any changing shape in the center console. It’s a simple yet effective means of stopping an age-old problem. Kudos, Lexus. Keep up the great work.

Keep reading for a list of more Lexus GS 200t F Sport coverage.

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2017 Lexus GS 200t F Sport - Driven

2017 Lexus GS 200t F Sport - Driven

Lexus’ mild-mannered sport sedan

The Lexus GS has been around since 1991, and its latest generation raises the bar for Lexus’ mid-size luxury sedan. The fifth-generation GS debuted for the 2013 model year and underwent a refresh in 2015 as it gained the highly recognizable and polarizing Spindle grille. The refresh also brought the 200t variant and its 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. When matched with the available F Sport package, which brings a sport-tuned suspension and more aggressive aesthetics, the GS truly shoulders the role of a proper sports sedan.

I just spent a week behind the wheel of a 2017 GS 200t F Sport covering some 200 miles of mixed driving over familiar Central Florida roads. From the grocery store parking lot to the high-speed Autobahn/demolition derby known as I-4, I put the Lexus through it all. Even the parent pick-up line at the kiddo’s elementary school saw some F Sport action. Here’s how things played out.

Continue reading for my driven review of the 2017 Lexus GS 200t F Sport.

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Driven Opinion: How the Lexus GS 200t Compares to the Competition

Driven Opinion: How the Lexus GS 200t Compares to the Competition

How the GS stacks up against the Germans and Americans

This week has seen a 2017 Lexus GS 200t in my driveway, and after some 200 miles of mixed driving around town and down the Interstate, I started thinking about how it compared to another luxury sedan I’ve driven. This won’t be a true apples-to-apples comparison due to the wide variety of engine options and trim levels, however, but we’ll still make the best of it. Grains of salt are generously sprinkled atop the premise of this piece.

So, a little on the Lexus GS 200t. Well, it has the rather desirable F Sport package, meaning it has an upgraded suspension with summer performance tires designed for better handling, it has a more aggressive exterior appearance, and the interior is finished off with deeper bucket seats and some slightly flashier trim work. The F Sport package does not change anything about the engine. The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder produces the same 241 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque as the non-F Sport version. It’s also worth noting that Lexus’ website calls the 2017 GS 200t the GS Turbo and that, for 2018, the car is renamed the GS 300. Read about the name change here.

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How the Lexus GS 200t F Sport Compares to the GS F

How the Lexus GS 200t F Sport Compares to the GS F

Two very different trims of the same sedan

Lexus might be best known for its cushy cars and that unforgettable Spindle grille, but the company has a long list of high-performance vehicles that include the iconic LF-A and a handful of F Performance models. The F stands for Fuji Speedway where the vehicles are developed, but it might was well stand for fun. These models have performance-oriented suspensions, larger brakes, a powerful engine, and more aggressive styling. A perfect example of this is the Lexus GS F. It’s a full-size sedan with a 467-horsepower 5.0-liter V-8, rear-wheel drive, massive Brembo brakes, and looks to kill.

At the opposite end of the spectrum is the Lexus GS 200t – the same sedan but powered by a 241-horsepower turbo-four. While the cars couldn’t be more different, Lexus offers something in the middle: the F Sport package. This adds 19-inch wheels, larger brakes with high-friction pads, an adaptive suspension system, variable ratio steering, and a body kit that closely resembles the GS F’s.

This week happens to have a 2017 Lexus GS 200t F Sport in my driveway, and I wanted to explore the differences between it and the all-out GS F, especially haven driven both.

Continue reading for the quick comparison.

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Is There a Difference Between the 2017 Lexus GS 200t and the 2018 Lexus GS 300?

Is There a Difference Between the 2017 Lexus GS 200t and the 2018 Lexus GS 300?

It’s all in the name…

Look on Lexus’ website for the GS sedan, and you won’t find any mention of the GS 200t. Yet, in my driveway, sits a 2017 Lexus with a chrome 200t badge affixed proudly to its trunk and printed clearly on its Monroney window sticker. So, what gives? Well, someone at Lexus’ marketing department must think “GS Turbo” sounds better, so most everything you’ll find online uses that nomenclature.

Making things even more confusing is the 2018 GS 300. Is it a new 3.0-liter engine in the GS? Nope Rather, Lexus decided to rename the GS Turbo (aka GS 200t) for the 2018 model year. It’s now called the GS 300, but it still comes with the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder found in the 2017 GS 200t. Lexus did the same renaming trick with the IS sedan, as well, moving it from the 2017 IS 200t to the 2018 IS 300, despite the IS 300 name already being used on the 2017 IS equipped with the V-6 AWD. Yeah…

But back to the GS. Besides the name, the GS 300’s only updates for 2018 include new 19-inch wheels and a complimentary 10-year subscription to Lexus Enform. Everything else – even down to the 241-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder – remains unchanged from 2017.

I’ll have several articles and a full, driven review of the 2017 Lexus GS 200t in the coming days, so stick around TopSpeed.com for that. For now, check out the growing list of Lexus GS articles below.

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The Lexus GS 200t's Infotainment System is its Weak Point

The Lexus GS 200t’s Infotainment System is its Weak Point

A joystick that doesn’t bring joy

This week has a 2017 Lexus GS 200t in my driveway, and while there are many admirable qualities about this full-size luxury sedan, its infotainment system isn’t one of them. It’s called the Lexus Enform system, and it’s been around for a while. It relies on a joystick-like controller to scroll and click through menus. The system helps guide the joystick to menu buttons and selectable options like the planchette on an Ouija board.

Making the situation worse is the menu layout within the infotainment system due to a cluttered-looking screen with fonts of varying sizes. But the worst grievance by far is imputing addresses into the navigation system. It just takes too much patience and time. Thankfully, voice commands are able to help. On the other hand, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are nowhere to be found.

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Why is Lexus Charging $1,400 for Heated Seats on a $47k Car?

Why is Lexus Charging $1,400 for Heated Seats on a $47k Car?

It’s even a standard feature in many value-based vehicles

There are a few features shoppers tend to expect come standard when buying a luxury sedan. Power window, power locks, leather seats, push-button starting – these have turned from extra-cost options to basic necessities in a vehicle billed as luxury. Apparently, Lexus didn’t get the memo with the GS sedan as heated and vented seats are bundled in the $1,400 Premium Package, along with the power rear sunshade and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

But there’s a logical reason Lexus does this.

The Premium Package is technically only available on the GS 200t and GS 350. It comes as standard equipment on the GS 200t F Sport, GS 350 F Sport, GS 450h, and GS 450h F Sport. In other words, only the base trims come without the Premium Package and its heated and vented seats. That brings up Lexus’ reasoning. Without the added cost of those features, Lexus is able to price the 2017 GS 200t at $47,305, which is well beneath the starting prices of the GS’ main competitors, the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Jaguar XF, and Audi A6. The base GS with no options provides that luxury car look and feel, but at a more affordable price and without many of the gadgets some folks might not want. It’s all about packages and the base price.

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2019 Lexus GS

2019 Lexus GS

For a while now, rumors have been circulating, and it seems as if the Lexus GS may find itself on the guillotine at the end of the fourth and current generation. That generation has been around since 2011 and was just updated in 2015, however, the GS has had some seriously insignificant sales, which is probably why rumors seem to point toward the ES taking the GS’s place in as the mid-sized executive box on wheels. And, considering Lexus sells roughly 10 times more ES than GS models, the rumors make sense. However, we’re now looking at some spy shots that point to those rumors being wrong. We’re guessing the model you see here is the new GS, but it could also be the next-gen ES as it’s currently about time for a generational shift as well. Either way, there is something fresh coming to Lexus’ stable soon, and if it is the GS, rumor has it that the next-gen GS F will get a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8 that’s good for some 590 ponies and 500 pound-feet of torque.

With that said, the spy shots show a fairly revised model regardless of what it really is, but we don’t know much else about it at this point. It is clearly a hybrid, as the yellow tape on the back window is a safety requirement for hybrids testing on the Nürburgring. Potential debut dates, based on the current life cycle of both the ES and GS, point to a late 2018 debut with the potential to be a 2019 model with 2020 seeming more feasible. So, we should be learning more about what’s lurking under the camo in the somewhat near future. But, until then, we’re going to assume this is a next-gen GS, so let’s take a better look and talk some more about it.

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2016 Lexus GS F by Clark Ishihara

2016 Lexus GS F by Clark Ishihara

Wide-body kit adds some sporting character to Lexus’ performance sedan

VIP Auto Salon’s Clark Ishihara has been in the aftermarket business for over 10 years now so by way of simple longevity, the man has built his fair share of SEMA creations, most notably with Lexus models. This year, Ishihara once again put his tuning hat to good use with two new Lexus offerings at the world’s biggest aftermarket auto show. One of these two programs is for the Lexus GS F and it’s been loaded with a wide-body kit to go with splashes of interior and performance upgrades.

Known for being a “Lexus enthusiast,” Ishihara’s history with Toyota’s premium brand goes a long way. In 2015, he presented the Macadamia LS 600hL show car and in 2010, his modifications on a 2011 LS hybrid was recognized for a Mothers award for design excellence. The man knows his way around Lexus models more than most tuners and to no one’s surprise, he was the guy that Lexus tapped to work on the GS F and the RC F models.

The upgrades for both Lexus models are admittedly more subtle than what you’d expect at an outlandish show like SEMA. But Ishihara has never been outlandish about his project cars, opting instead to give them real-world aftermarket applications that GS F and RC F owners can look at and say, “that’s something I’d like to see on my GS F.” And on that note, that’s what the man behind VIP Auto Salon did with the sports coupe. Sporty and aggressive without going over the edge. This is Clark Ishihara and this his aftermarket take on the Lexus GS F.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Lexus GS F by Clark Ishihara.

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Latest Rumors About Toyota and Lexus Point to an All-New Engine for the next Supra

Latest Rumors About Toyota and Lexus Point to an All-New Engine for the next Supra

This could be a BIG deal for Supra fans everywhere

The rumor mill is churning over at Toyota with reports that the Japanese automaker is finally building a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine, codenamed 943F, that it plans to use on the fifth-generation Lexus GS. The model is scheduled to make its debut in late 2017 or early 2018 and will be marketed as a 2019 model. But, according to Japanese media outlet Mag-X, the big takeaway from the fifth-gen GS is the turbocharged V-6, the first production V-6 that Toyota will build in its long and illustrious history.

While there hasn’t been any confirmation coming from either Toyota or Lexus, there is an argument to be made for Lexus to get a turbo V-6, none more so than the increased importance being placed by automakers in downsizing their engines as a way of addressing the increasingly stringent emissions regulations. For its part, Lexus also needs a forced induction V-6 because a lot of its competitors already utilize a similar engine in some form or capacity. It may be time for Toyota’s premium brand to join the fray in that regard and expand its V-6 offerings past the turbocharged inline-sixes that it has used in the past.

If Toyota does take this step, don’t sleep on the possibility of another model eventually using the same engine. Again, this is all speculation but if Toyota wants to maximize the seemingly limitless potential of the returning Supra sports car, having a turbocharged V-6 as an engine option is a great way to do it. At the very least, it would be able to make a big statement in differentiating the sports car with the Toyota GT 86, which currently uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. That’s been one of Toyota’s goals anyway so it only makes sense for the company to give the Supra the same turbo V-6 that it is reportedly developing for the Lexus GS.

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2016 Lexus GS 450h F Sport – Driven

2016 Lexus GS 450h F Sport – Driven

A sporty hybrid disguised as a large luxury sedan

The Lexus GS has been on U.S. shores since 1993, and since then has grown both in size and in luxury. That growth has occurred over four generations with various mid-cycle refreshes in between. The first generational change took place in 1997. The design lasted until 2000 when a refresh debuted for the 2001 model year. Five years later, the third generation GS debuted for the 2006 model year. The fourth and current generation debuted for the 2013 model year and just recently received its mid-cycle refresh for the 2016 model year.

This most recent iteration of the GS sedan brings the large Lexus Spindle grille that’s found across the brand’s lineup. The new face is more aggressive and striking, suggesting the Lexus GS is no longer a soft, cushy cruiser built for the retirement crowd. In fact, the GS has broken that mold. The car’s more youthful and muscular stance now places it more squarely against competitors like Audi, BMW, and Mercedes.

Adding to that muscular stance is the optional F Sport package. Check that box and the grille trades its horizontal chrome trim for an X-pattern mesh and larger air inlets down low. F Sport-specific wheels and badges are also added. Comparably, the F Sport package is like BMW’s M Sport – both add sporty features but aren’t the range-topping performance iterations. Leave that to BMW’s M division and Lexus’ F brand. And yes, the GS does offer a full-on GS F version, all-new for 2016, with a 467-horsepower 5.0-liter V-8.

However, I recently found the 2016 GS 450h F Sport in my driveway. As you might suspect, the “h” stands for hybrid. This version packs a V-6 and a battery pack, along with the eagle-eyed F Sport package for good measure. In a sense, the GS 450h F Sport is a true jack-of-all-trades. Keep reading to see what it’s like to live with.

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2015 Lexus GS F By Gordon Ting/Beyond Marketing

2015 Lexus GS F By Gordon Ting/Beyond Marketing

The Lexus GS F sedan may not have the visceral look of its coupe cousin, the RC F Coupe, but the former can still attract an audience wherever it goes — especially if it’s rocking a bright orange wrap that’s impossible to ignore. Such is the scene at the SEMA Auto Show where Lexus, in collaboration with aftermarket shop Gordon Ting/Beyond Marketing, is showcasing a fully customized GS F Sedan.

The revamped GS F is a real looker, and it’s not just because of the blindingly bright orange wrap. It also has quite the list of aftermarket modifications, most of which were installed to improve the sedan’s performance and handling capabilities. There’s an aero kit in there too that gives the GS F an aggressive look and, in case it hasn’t been established enough, the bright orange wrap really does wonders in enhancing the sedan’s already overflowing charisma.

The GS F sedan is one of two models that Lexus and Gordon Ting/Beyond Marketing are presenting at SEMA. The other one is the RC F Coupe and, not surprisingly, it also has a similar orange wrap. These two Lexus models may not win any “best-in” awards, but they’ve certainly made their mark at SEMA.

Continue reading to learn more about the Lexus GS F By Gordon Ting/Beyond Marketing.

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Toyota Announces "Highway Teammate"

Toyota Announces "Highway Teammate"

Self-driving cars have been a popular topic lately. Google’s autonomous cars have been cruising around for a while now, and Chevy just announced plans to integrate a fleet of fully autonomous 2017 Chevy Volts into its Warren Technical Center Campus. Now, in a recent press release, Toyota revealed that it has been testing an self-driving Lexus GS on Tokyo’s Shuto Expressway.

The Lexus GS has been fitted with special sensors and the latest artificial intelligence programming that allows it to recognize hazards, make decisions, and take action. Once a driver enters the highway or passes through a toll booth, automated driving can be turned on, and the vehicle will maneuver through traffic without input from the driver. Say hello to Highway Teammate.

The special GS is the newest example of Toyota’s push to evolve the driver-car relationship and its development of advanced safety systems. Toyota will continue to develop the technology and hopes to make it so that mobility means safety, efficiency and freedom for everyone. Toyota plans to put vehicles like the Highway Teamate into production and release them into the market sometime around 2020.

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2016 Lexus GS

2016 Lexus GS

First introduced for the 2013 model year, the fourth-generation Lexus GS represented a new direction for the mid-size luxury sedan. Positioned as an updated answer to the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E Class and 2017 BMW 5 Series, it was built on an entirely new platform, powered by a range of more powerful, fuel-efficient engines and featured new styling that included one of the first iterations of the polarizing Lexus spindle grille.

In the past, we praised the GS for its menacing looks, high-quality interior and versatility, but dinged it for its dated infotainment system, lacking performance (though, this was largely remedied with the 2015 GS 350 F-Sport) and pricey options list. Overall, a very competent car in a very competitive segment.

Now it’s mid-cycle refresh time for the fourth-generation GS, and Lexus has tweaked things for the 2016 model year with some new styling updates, including a distinctive new take on the spindle grille that’s gone full Predator mouth, and an updated range of engines that adds a new turbocharged, four-cylinder option.

Updated 09/22/2015: We’ve added a series of new photos we took at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Find them in the "Pictures" tab.

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2014 Lexus GS450h - Driven

2014 Lexus GS450h - Driven

“Sport” and “hybrid” aren’t often found in the same sentence when talking about anything this side of McLaren, Porsche, and BMW, but Lexus makes that claim with its second-largest luxury sedan. Things gets plausible when considering the GS450h comes with 338 horsepower thanks to a 3.5-liter V-6 and a pair of electric motors – all of which power the rear wheels.

Despite not coming equipped with the optional F Sport package, the G450h still comes with an adjustable suspension and various drive settings that allow for a range of driving feels, spanning from Eco to Normal and Sport to Sport+. Even the gauge cluster modifies itself to suit the mood – switching from an eco gauge to a full tachometer.

You may recall our own Christian Moe’s review of the GS450h back in the fall. He walked away pleasantly surprised at the car’s ability to coddle occupants in luxury while getting decent mileage with horsepower in reserve. Surprisingly his tester and mine came equipped with exactly the same options, even down to the paint color. Only eight GS sedan separated our cars on the assembly line as the VINs were only separated by a factor of 10.

While Moe has the beauty of curvy back country roads snaking through the hills of East Tennessee, I make use of near sea-level lands in central Florida. Would the scenery and altitude change the GS450h’s behavior? How well does a child seat fit in the back? Two questions among many I aimed to answer during my week with one of Lexus’ premiere hybrids.

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2015 Detroit Auto Show: Best in Show

2015 Detroit Auto Show: Best in Show

As all the champagne glasses have been emptied and spotlights have been downgraded to regular indoor lighting, the 2015 edition of the North American International Auto Show is now welcoming regular folks instead of hungry journalists hunting for each and every press conference and its subsequent car launch. Unlike other editions, this year it was probably the most surprising in terms of premieres, mainly because the general consensus spoke about a very Ford-centric car show. Sure, there were plenty of worth-mentioning world premieres from every other American carmaker stables, with GM showing its 2016 Chevrolet Volt and the bonkers 2016 Cadillac CTS-V, while the 2015 Chevrolet Bolt Concept stopped a reasonable amount of presses as well.

The truth of the matter is that Ford pretty much stole the show, with the GT Concept even outshining the much-expected production version of the 2016 Acura NSX, while the 2016 Mustang GT350R and 2017 Ford Raptor were more than worthy sidekicks. With that being said, a number of other carmakers also brought a fair share of worthy premieres. Alfa Romeo showed everyone their all-new 2016 4C Spider, ready to complement the coupe version in being the first new Alfas in a long time to be officially available in the U.S., while Buick showed a very cool-looking but sadly futureless 2015 Avenir Concept.

Even though most trucks aren’t actually meant to be beauty queens, Nissan brought a somewhat visually-challenged new Titan in Detroit, but its Cummins V-8 with 555 pound-feet of torque will probably be more than enough to keep people from saying that it looks like a Chinese copy of the Ford F150. Speaking of new vehicles falling from the ugly tree, Audi premiered the all-new Q7 SUV, which comes packed with technology and a gigantic loss of weight to counteract its less-than-stellar looks, while Mercedes-Benz brought the 2016 GL63 Coupe to steal some sales from the latest BMW X6M. There were plenty of other cool or less-than-cool novelties in Detroit, but we figured we’d just choose the five best-of-show vehicles in the following list.

Click past the jump to learn which cars we find the best of show this year.

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Lexus GS F Flexes its Muscles on the Detroit Auto Show Floor

Lexus GS F Flexes its Muscles on the Detroit Auto Show Floor

The recently-unveiled 2016 Lexus GS F was finally launched at the 2015 edition of the North American International Auto Show, with Lexus giving it a reveal worthy of a super sports car. Following in the footsteps of the IS F compact sedan and the 2015 RC F coupe, the all-new Lexus GS F sedan comes with every intention of battling established performance sedans like the BMW M5, Mercedes-Benz E 63 AMG and the Cadillac CTS-V. Unfortunately, there is a rather long road between intention and actual delivery, as the new Lexus is down in both power and performance compared to any one of its competitors.

The GS F is powered by the exact same engine as the RC F coupe and based on the midsize GS sedan. Its 5.0-liter, naturally aspirated, high-revving V-8 delivers 467 horsepower and 389 pound-feet of torque, both figures being obviously put to shame by any of its turbocharged or supercharged rivals. Paired with a sport-tuned eight-speed automatic transmission, the new Lexus GS F can hit 60 mph from a standing start in a yet-to-be-disclosed amount of time, but my money is on around 4.6 seconds considering the not-exactly-extraordinary power-to-weight ratio.

As far as the styling goes, probably no one will ever call it understated, as the F Sport bodykit is extreme from just about every angle, with the car looking like it wants to prey on small Toyotas. "The styling philosophy of the GS F is one of form following function. For example, the GS F’s spindle grille was born to further enhance the car’s aerodynamics and cooling, while the air outlets in the front fenders, first applied in the IS F and then the RC F, have been adopted in the GS F because of its efficiency. The styling direction of the GS F is one that promotes Lexus’ commitment to ‘Progressive Luxury,’ and I feel this car conveys that brand message flawlessly." said Yoshiharu Nakajima, project chief designer, Lexus Design Division. I can’t but agree with most of that.

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Lexus Teases New F High Performance Model for Detroit

Lexus Teases New F High Performance Model for Detroit

Lexus has officially announced it will be bringing a new F-branded vehicle to the 2015 North American International Auto Show this coming January. The new vehicle will accompany the recently launched RC F in the automaker’s growing lineup of performance-oriented cars. However, the two teaser shots here are all the details Lexus has provided.

The images, combined with the recent sightings of a camo-covered – but still obviously sportier — Lexus GS sedan, adds fuel to the fire of an upcoming GS F. Judging by the photos, the character lines and size of the teased car seems to indicate this as well.

So what can we expect? Well Lexus will likely use the same 5.0-liter V-8 found in the RC F, along with its close-ratio, eight-speed automatic transmission. Expect the same 467 horsepower and 389 pound-feet of torque routed to the rear wheels. Then again, Lexus could add some extra ponies to compensate for the larger sedan-sized packaging. The RC F hits 60 in 4.4 seconds; any slower and the GS F runs the risk of not being taken seriously.

While speculating is fun, we can also glean other information from the two pictures. The car will have massive four-piston calipers with slotted rotors surrounded by a beautiful double-spoke-style wheels with matte and bright finishes, all wrapped in performance rubber.

Also included is an updated grille design with a new style of fishhook LED daytime running lights The headlights are also Lexus’ new style of LED bulbs. It should make for an attractive appearance both day and night.

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Lexus Could Bring Two New Models To 2015 Detroit Auto Show

Lexus Could Bring Two New Models To 2015 Detroit Auto Show

Lexus’ product offensive appears to have no sign of easing up any time soon. As if the reported arrival of the SC sports car isn’t exciting enough, we’re now being told that the Japanese automaker is planning to bring “at least one, if not two new models" to the 2015 North American International Auto Show in January 2015.

Lexus Group Vice President Jeff Bracken told WardsAuto of the company’s plans, even if he didn’t specifically say which models are going to Detroit. It’s extremely unlikely that the Lexus SC would make an appearance, but a far more plausible scenario would be the debuts of the next generation RX and the new GS F.

Details on the next generation RX are limited at this point but past reports have suggested that the crossover could evolve into a seven-seater in order to accommodate the growing demand for three-row crossovers in the US market. The arrival of the well-received NX also gives Lexus the chance to tinker with the RX in order to differentiate the two models.

As far as the GS F is concerned, we actually saw a prototype of the car doing some test runs back in September 2014. It’s clear that Lexus is preparing the car to become the four-door equivalent of the RC F and serve as a competitor to the BMW M5 and the Jaguar XF-R. The prototype definitely had the proportions of a beefed-up GS and the inclusion of the quad exhaust pipes are clear indications that the model has high-performance written all over it. Lexus has said that the new GS F will arrive as a 2016 model so the timing is perfect for the car to make its debut at Detroit in January before going on sale later in the year.

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2014 Lexus GS 350 F Sport - Driven

2014 Lexus GS 350 F Sport - Driven

The Lexus GS sedan has been around for quite a while, seeing its first U.S. sales in 1993. Built to compete against the likes of BMW’s 5 Series, the GS is segmented between Lexus’ popular IS sedan and the high-rolling LS premium sedan. Now in its fourth generation, the front-engine, rear-drive sedan is better looking and sportier than ever before. But how does it compete?

I recently spent a week getting to know a Nebula Gray GS 350 F Sport around my familiar stomping ground of Central Florida. A short-ish road trip provided an even greater range of roads and conditions in which to put the GS through its paces. Make no bones about it, this is no boy-racer track car, but it’s no luxo party barge either.

Like all GS 350 sedans, my tester came powered by the ubiquitous 3.5-liter V-6, that in this case, makes 306 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. New for 2014 is an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The F Sport package adds extra adornments that liven up the GS’ appearance, larger wheels and tires, performance-oriented shocks, and larger brakes.

The interior was loaded down with nearly every desirable techno-functionality that makes driving more convenient. A massive, 12.3-inch infotainment screen lives deep in the center dashboard complete with Lexus’ Enform software, satellite radio, heated and cooled front seats, and leather everything.

So jump on down for the full run-down of the 2014 Lexus GS 350 F Sport including video and photos.

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Spy Shots: 2016 Lexus GS F Caught Testing

Spy Shots: 2016 Lexus GS F Caught Testing

Although Lexus has yet to confirm plans to offer a high-performance version of the GS sedan, it appears the Japanese luxury automaker is indeed working on a competitor for the BMW M5 and the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG. And this time we’re not quoting another rumor that surfaced the Interwebz, but relying on a batch of photos we just received from our trusty paparazzi. Yes, folks, the Lexus GS F is alive and rolling on tarmac, although for the time being only in the form of a prototype.

The vehicle you see above was just spotted roaming the streets, and the body panels hidden behind the camouflage suggest we’re looking at a beefed-up version of the GS. The sports sedan is set to arrive for the 2016 model year, when it will join the brand-new RC F in Lexus’ quest to take on BMW’s popular high-performance sedans.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Lexus GS F.

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2014 Lexus GS450h - Driven

2014 Lexus GS450h - Driven

The GS is the second-largest sedan you can buy from Lexus, and it is one of the most luxurious. It comes loaded with all the leather, wood and technology you would expect from the brand, but it comes with something most Lexus models are missing; a touch of anger and performance. Lexus sells the GS with an adjustable sports suspension, an F Sport model and even a hybrid that promises to let you have fun.

Lexus has proven that it can do some great things with the F brand, but I had to laugh at the idea of a fun hybrid from the brand. Low and behold a Starfire Pearl colored GS450h rolled into my driveway for me to beat and cane on for a whole week. After experiencing what Porsche can do with the Panamera Hybrid, I was interested to see if Lexus could make a hybrid that was “fun.”

It has more than 300 horsepower, promises more than 30 mpg, and it looks great to boot. If there was ever going to be a hybrid from the Toyotafamily that I would enjoy, it would be this one. Let’s jump and in and drop the hammer; it’s time to see what this thing is made of.

Read on to find out more about the 2014 Lexus GS450h

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2015 Lexus GS 450h F Sport

2015 Lexus GS 450h F Sport

Lexus unveiled the 2014 GS 450h in September 2013, so it’s a little surprising that the automaker took a full year to launch the GS 450h F Sport. Despite the lack of an F Sport package for a year, the GS 450h remained a really, really sharp car that crossed out just about every item on our checklist. Giving it a sporty F Sport package simply makes it an even sweeter package.

The F Sport package is a new addition to the 2015 GS 450h. It may not come with any engine upgrades that bump the car’s already potent 338-horsepower output, but there are still enough performance upgrades to give it a sportier look and ride. Besides, the F Sport is mostly about making small improvements to many parts of the car, not just focusing on one aspect of the car and leaving the rest entirely untouched.

The exterior and interior of the GS 450h F Sport both receive notable upgrades, plus improved technology. Most importantly, all these changes didn’t cost the GS 450h its notable EPA rating, which is still estimated at 31 mpg combined.

Lexus looks like it has another knockout model to add to its growing F Sport lineup. At some point, it stops being surprising and starts becoming expected.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Lexus GS 450h F Sport.

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Lexus Prepares GS F and Four-Door RC F for 2016

Lexus Prepares GS F and Four-Door RC F for 2016

It seems Lexus is preparing a new GS F sedan for production in the 2016 model year. Reports confirm the performance sedan will be powered by an upgraded, 5.0-liter V-8 that powers the upcoming RC F coupe. The GS F will also get an eight-speed automatic from ZF, along with a Torsen rear differential as standard equipment.

We can expect the GS F’s V-8 to pump out roughly 506 horsepower and just under 400 pound-feet of torque. That should put the four-door sedan in the mid four-second range to 60 mph and at a top speed exceeding 170 mph.

Holding everything together will be a lengthened version of the RC’s chassis. A multi-link, electronic suspension with separate drive modes is also expected. The new GS F will borrow some of the RC F’s styling cues, including that massive Lexus Spindle Grille. Expect the GS F to cost around $130,000 when it hits the market.

What’s more, Lexus is apparently working on a four-door version of the RC F. If that’s the case, it will surely ride on the same lengthened platform as the GS F and share much of its underpinnings. It may be a case of slight size and styling differences being the only separators. AutoCar is reporting the four-door RC F is likely to bow "sometime in 2016" as well.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lexus GS F and RC F.

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2015 Lexus GS Crafted Line Edition

2015 Lexus GS Crafted Line Edition

If there ever was any doubt that Lexus is serious about its venture into the world of luxury, its new Crafted Line puts those questions to bed. The Crafted Line is available on a handful of Lexus models, including the LS 460 F Sport, GS 350 F Sport, IS 250 F Sport, RX 350 AWD F Sport and ES 350. That’s a lot of models to choose from.

The GS 350 F Sport’s status as Lexus’ high-performing, midsized luxury sedan makes it an ideal base for the Crafted Line treatment. Not that it needs any more splashes of luxury, it just doesn’t hurt to get more of it. Owners get their GS 350 F Sport dressed up in combination of Ultra White and Obsidian with a two-tone black and red interior. The color combinations are particularly vexing with the red interior highlights, creating a splash of life to the otherwise classy shades of white and black on the body.

Lexus’ collaboration with TUMI further emphasizes the level of style and luxury the Japanese automaker put into creating the Crafted Line. Every model, including the GS 350 F Sport will receive an exclusive TUMI luggage set. The participation of TUMI is a big deal in building cache among business people, some of whom are probably loyal consumers of the high-end lifestyle and accessories brand.

Look for the Lexus GS 350 F Sport’s Crafted Line version to become a hit when it debuts at the Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance before its scheduled launch in November 2014. Only 875 GS 350 F Sport models will fall under the Crafted Line collection, so expect it to sell out faster than most of its brethren.

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Lexus F-Range to Spawn Hybrid Sports Cars

Autocar recently had the opportunity to chat with a lead engineer from Lexus and according to the ex-development lead of the Lexus LF-A project, there are a few new high-performance models lined up for the future. The interaction with Haruhiko Tanahashi also raised rumors about a V-8 powered RC F coupe that could be headed for the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.

So, although an LF-A replacement won’t happen in the near future, a couple of F models may provide some excitement. That is until a more reasonably priced LF-A enters the fray.

The new ’F products’ would form the Japanese car maker’s premium high-performance range, starting with the RC F, GS-F and IS F. Lexus is gearing-up to introduce the second-generation IS F sedan for a later date, while the RC Coupe could get a V-8 engine transplant soon.

On top of all of these in-the-works goodies, Lexus officials also hint of performance hybrids being a part of the F-product lineup. That is sure to get anybody amped up — gratuitous electricity pun very much intended.

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Leaked Japanese Magazine may Show the 2015 Lexus GS F

Leaked Japanese Magazine may Show the 2015 Lexus GS F

Lexus has been testing F variant of the new-generation GS sedan for quite some time. Unfortunately, it has always been under heavy camouflage. Today, a leaked Japanese magazine seems to reveal the upcoming GS F, and it certainly appears to be the real deal.

As we can see from these leaked images, it looks like the GS F features large air intakes and a sporty carbon-fiber body kit. For the rear, the GS F features the signature, double-stacked exhaust exits seen on the Lexus IS F before it.

As for the powerplant, we have heard all kinds of rumors that range from a possible V-8 engine to a performance-based hybrid powertrain. This Japanese magazine does reveal that the GS F will carry a 5.0-liter, naturally aspirated V-8 engine with an output of 465 horsepower. Now we just need to find out if these are for real, or just a prank.

Click past the jump to read more about the upcoming Lexus GS F.

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Top-Ten Best Performance Sedans

Top-Ten Best Performance Sedans

What is the appeal of a really hardcore performance sedan? There are a dozen valid reasons, and most car guys will not need much persuading to get on-board. Killer pace starts from the new Panamera Turbo’s projected 3.2-second blastoff to 60 mph.

The ingredients for the recipe are deceptively simple: big power all over the rev dial, rear-drive bias strongly preferred, and a manual box unless the automatic is absolutely state of the art.

The last and least important part? Those rear doors. Buyers of the hottest full-size performance sedans typically do not mind a tiny back seat. After all, the best possible passengers back there will probably be adoring ladies in thousand-dollar outfits.

So, megalux atmosphere back there is more important than true comfort and versatility. After all, you cannot take three beautiful and giggling best friends for a windows-down, radio-up spin in the hills without a swanky coupe-like sedan.

Even better is a stomping acceleration soundtrack and real panache outside the hottest bars and restaurants. No longer just Euro exclusives: all the cars on this list can be bought or ordered right here in the U.S. for 2013 or 2014.

Representatives from BMW, Mercedes, Lexus, Jaguar, Audi and Cadillac are also proudly represented in this market for $50,000-plus super sedans.

Click past the jump for the current Top Ten Best Performance Sedans, with a few in there you might not have expected.

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2014 Lexus GS 350

2014 Lexus GS 350

If every car company has one division of rock star engineers and stylists assigned to work on the most important projects, what do Lexus’s biggest brains focus on? The new sport sedan platform is the result of intensive engineering at the very highest levels in the Toyota and Lexus organization. Twinned with the IS sedan, the GS was all-new for 2013 with looks that really warm up over time.

But the GS has always somewhat failed to deliver on its V-8 engine’s initial "Something Wicked This Way Comes" advertising campaign, even more than 15 years since the GS400 made every Lexus dealer a little bit more ’hip and trendy lounge’ versus a ’hip replacement center.’

The world seems like quite a different place now. The GS competes in the most challenging and action-packed segment of the luxury sedan market, the $40,000 to $60,000 class that also includes such exceptional machines as the Mercedes-Benz E350 with a new nine-speed automatic, the always-rapid BMW 535i and the quietly stellar Audi A6.

The GS needs to be among the best if Lexus is to be successful outside its core niche of affluent and comfort-focused car shoppers who prefer not to own a German car.

Whether thinking the servicing will be too expensive, the image is not right, or myriad other reasons, Lexus wants to expand its niche to real car guys. If all goes well, the company should be able to please its existing clients and also have a shot at some respect in Europe and China, where Lexus is currently destroyed in sales by the three German luxury juggernauts.

Coming in the GS 450h Hybrid or the gasoline GS 350 or the GS 350 F Sport, the 2014 Lexus gets a new eight-speed automatic and some detail trim enhancements like something Lexus calls a ’superchrome’ finish on the wheels. The battle for luxury sedans is hotter than ever, and the new GS finally has some real advantages over its competition.

But is that enough for the 2014 Lexus GS 350?

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2014 Lexus GS 450h

2014 Lexus GS 450h

Lexus added a hybrid version to its GS lineup for the first time in 2006 when the model was in its third generation. Once the fourth-generation GS was announced for the 2013 model year, the GS 450h was also updated with a more aggressive exterior look, a more powerful engine and improved fuel economy.

For the 2014 model year, the GS 450h will evolve even further, thanks to some new features. Lexus will add new standard features like Siri Eyes Free technology licensed from Apple and Climate Concierge.

Lexus also updated The Luxury Package with new features, like LED fog lights, a Liquid Graphite finish for the 18-inch wheels and the discontinuing of the Lexus Night View system. A series of new optional features will also be added to the model.

Under the hood, the GS 450h keeps the usual Lexus Hybrid Synergy Drive system that helps it deliver some of the best fuel economy in its class.

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Spy Shots: 2014 Lexus GS F Loses its Cover

It looks like Lexus is preparing very serious about taking on its German competitors head on. Over the past few weeks, we’ve brought you some spy shots of the 2015 RC F, and now it’s time for the GS F to show us what it’s got. The model will be offered as a direct response to the 2014 BMW M5.

The best part is that the prototype caught testing today is wearing no camouflage, revealing the sports sedan in all of its glory. As you can see, the model features the trademark Lexus F elements, like the more aggressive body kit and the signature quad-tip exhaust exits.

As for the engine, rumors point to the GS F getting an upgraded version of the 5.0-liter V-8 from the IS F, developing around 450 horsepower. Along with the powerful engine, the GS F will also receive a torque-vectoring differential on the rear, high-performance brakes and a sport-tuned suspension to handle the twist with ease.

Expect the new Lexus GS F to arrive early in 2014.

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Spy Shots: Lexus GS F Caught in the Garage

The other day we brought you the first spy shots of the Lexus IS F Coupe or RC F, which will be Lexus’ response to models like BMW M4. Today we get a our first look at the GS F sports sedan, which is Lexus’ answer for the 2014 BMW M5 and 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG.

Unfortunately, the GS F has yet to leave the garage, but our spy photographers were able to shoot some parts of the car to help us see this very hot version of the GS sedan. As you can see, Lexus engineers weren’t very happy this and tried to block our spy photographer’s view each time the garage door was opened.

Under the hood, rumors suggested that the model will retain the same engine as the IS F. This means that we will likely see a twin-turbocharged V-6 engine with power reaching nearly 450 horsepower.

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2013 Lexus GS 350 F Sport Supercharged by VIP Auto Salon

2013 Lexus GS 350 F Sport Supercharged by VIP Auto Salon

Lexus’ contingent of vehicles headed to the 2012 SEMA Auto Show has a new addition in the form of a supercharged GS 350 F Sport. Anytime the word ’supercharged’ is being thrown out, you know that it’s a very good thing. Lexus and VIP Auto Salon certainly think so because this specially customized GS 350 F Sport is headed to SEMA to turn some heads.

On the outside, the Japanese automaker and its tuning partner fitted the GS 350 F Sport with a new body kit courtesy of noted Japanese tuner Wald International. The kit consists of a slew of new components, including a new front lip spoiler, revised side skirts, a fully-mounted trunk spoiler, and a roof spoiler. On top of that, VIP Auto Salon also added an RSR Super coilover suspension and a new set of 20" Vossen CV7 wheels wrapped in Yokohama S. Drive tires with complementing Brembo GT brakes.

At the heart of this customized GS 350 F Sport is a new Apexi CG SPL supercharger kit. Though Lexus didn’t release specific performance numbers, you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to figure out that with this supercharger in tow to go, a Smart Accel throttle controller, and a PTS Joe Z Series true dual header-back exhaust system, you’re going to see a staggering increase in output from the model’s current 306-horsepower and 277 lb/ft of torque figures.

Lexus will drop the figures at the 2012 SEMA Auto Show so be sure to come back to get the full details.

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2013 Lexus GS 350 F Sport Safety Car

2013 Lexus GS 350 F Sport Safety Car

Safety cars are usually reserved for BMW and Mercedes models with added sprinkles of muscle cars here and there. But now, Lexus is joining the fray with introduction of the GS 350 F Sport Safety Car.

Set to make its inaugural duties at the Muscle Car Masters at Sydney Motorsport Park, the GS 350 F Sport Safety Car will, from here on out, serve as the series’ official safety car. To serve in its new official capacity, the GS 350 Sport Safety Car was fitted with all standard equipment befitting its function. The exclusive exterior styling of the car comes with all the decals and an aggressive new body kit. Likewise, the interior was touched up with the same attention to its purpose. Then, the car was also fitted the Lexus Dynamic Handling System (LDHS), a system that features Dynamic Rear Steering (DRS) and Adaptive variable Suspension (AVS).

Under its hood, the GS 350 F Sport Safety Car gets a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 317 horsepower, generating a 0-62 mph time of just six seconds with an estimated top speed of 142 mph.

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2013 Lexus GS F Sport by Wald International

2013 Lexus GS F Sport by Wald International

Launched late in 2011, the Lexus GS F-Sports has only received an upgrade package from Five Axis. The main reason for that, of course, is that the sports sedan doesn’t look like it needs any upgrades, unless you’re looking at it through the eyes of Wald International.

The Japanese tuner’s new "Executive Line" aero package is based mostly on upgrading the exterior of the vehicle. It consists of a new front spoiler, darkened headlamp and taillight bezels, new side skirts, and a rear apron with a diffuser. The car also comes with a new set of alloy wheels and, upon request, Wald International will add a larger boot spoiler and a new suspension kit.

To be honest, we would have loved a boost in power; maybe next time. For now, customers will have to settle for the standard 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 306 HP.

Prices for the new Lexus GS-F Sport by Wald International will be announced at a later date.

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2013 Lexus GS 450h

2013 Lexus GS 450h

It’s only been a few weeks since Lexus unveiled the new generation Lexus GS350, and now they are rounding up the crowd again with the debut of the GS 450h at the Frankfurt Motor Show. A relatively young model on the market - it was first unveiled in 2007 - the GS 450H is now the world’s first premium performance sedan to be equipped with a V6 Atkinson cycle gas engine and two-motor hybrid system.

The hybrid system combines an Atkinson cycle 3.5-liter V6 engine with a two-motor hybrid system in a front-engine/rear-wheel drive configuration. They both deliver a total of 338 HP and will sprint the GS 450h from 0 to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds. Fuel economy has also been improved by 30%. The model will be equipped with a Drive Mode selector that will allow the driver to choose between Eco, Sport S, Sport S+ and EV modes.

UPDATE 06/29/2012: Lexus has unveiled a new video presenting the technology behind the new GS 450h. Enjoy!

Hit the jump to read more about the new Lexus GS 450h.

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TopSpeed Rendering: 2013 Lexus GS-F

A few days ago, Lexus Product Planning Chief, Karl Schlicht, offered up a few new details on the upcoming Lexus GS-F and confirmed that there was a 99% chance of them actually putting into production. With such a solid future ahead of the sports sedan, we had to get to the drawing board to sketch the future model.

The future Lexus GS-F will be offered as a competitor for models like the BMW M5 and the Mercedes E63 AMG. It will be powered by same V8 engine as found in the IS-F, but upgraded to deliver somewhere in the 450 HP range. As for the exterior changes, expect to see a raised hood, large brake cooling ducts, LED headlights, functional front fender air outlets with lower edges, four exhaust diffusers (two per side in a vertical arrangement), and 19" light alloy wheels.

Let us know what you think of the 2013 Lexus GS-F in the comments section below!

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Video: Lexus "Tori 500" track inspired by Tori Praver's Curves

Video: Lexus "Tori 500" track inspired by Tori Praver’s Curves

Is not a secret anymore that men are crazy about how hot swimsuit models look like. Their sexy curves always temped them and if you combine those with a hot cat then you got the perfect combination. Or are we wrong?

Lets take Swimsuit Model Tori Praver. She’s hot, no? It seems that Lexus approves and in cooperation with Sports Illustrated they have founded a very cool way to promote the latest GS 350 sedan. The company has unveiled the "Tori 500" - a race track that has been inspired by the hot curves of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model Tori Praver.

So, if you think you can handle it, o behind the scenes of the making of "Tori 500," then download our two new iPhone apps at http://www.Lexus.com/Tori500. We hope you’ll enjoy it! Good luck with handling the car!

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Super Bowl Ad: Lexus ready to unleash the "Beast" during the Super Bowl

Super Bowl Ad: Lexus ready to unleash the "Beast" during the Super Bowl

Lexus’ very first foray into the world of Super Bowl commercials has been hyped up for the past couple of days with endless teasers of the ad that will appear during the Big Game.

Today, the teasers stop and we finally get to see the ad for the very first time. For their ad, Lexus went the way of promoting not just the company’s new brand direction, but also showing off their first vehicle under this said direction: the 2013 Lexus GS.

As far as treatments are concerned, Lexus veered away from the comedy routine to show a commercial that actually has a little Hollywood-like trailer look to it.

Locked up in a stout chamber in a highly-secured military base, the Lexus GS rams the doors continuously until the latter flies off and the car is finally "unleashed".

Lexus has some high hopes for the new GS, as they do their recent line up of cars, so it wasn’t really surprising to see that they went with a cutting-edge production for their first Super Bowl ad.

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2012 Lexus GS by TRD

2012 Lexus GS by TRD

Five Axis was the first tuning company to come out with an upgrade package for the new generation Lexus GS, specifically the GS 350 F-Sport, but now Toyota Racing Developments (TRD) is getting in on the action with a full list of accessories for the GS. The package can be applied to both the GS 350 and GS 450h models, but buyers beware, it’s going to get expensive. For example, just a new set of wheels will run the customer $6,574.

Aside from the pricey wheels, TRD is offering a pretty impressive aero kit that includes a front under-spoiler, side skirts, a trunk spoiler, and a rear diffuser. Customers can also opt for a quad-exhaust sports muffler and a new set of 19" forged aluminum wheels that are lighter than the standard and help improve rigidity, contributing to the high dynamic performance and elegant comfort of the GS.

In addition to these features, the Lexus GS’ ride was superbly balanced with a new sport suspension that helps change the damping force of the spring and damper stiffness stabilizer from a revised rate.

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2013 Lexus GS350

2013 Lexus GS350

After being revealed back in 1991, the Lexus GS will be entering its fourth generation by the end of 2011 or early 2012.

The new generation Lexus GS, which was officially introduced at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, will be built on a brand new platform, making it sportier and more efficient than the previous model. Under the hood, expect to see the same direct-injected 3.5-liter V6 engine that delivers a total of 306 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 277 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 3,600 rpm. The real star of the show will be the 5.0-liter V8 engine with an output of about 450 horsepower found in the GS-F version.

According to Lexus "the fourth-generation GS model introduces a more defined and emotional design philosophy featuring a new distinctive front grille and styling cues that will soon be seen on all future Lexus vehicles. The new GS has also been engineered to provide a more engaging and dynamic driving experience and the highest levels of refinement."

UPDATE 12/22/2011: Lexus has announced prices for the 2013 GS 350 arriving in dealerships in early February 2012. The GS350 will be offered in rear-wheel drive (RWD) with a base MSRP of $46,900 or all-wheel drive (AWD) with a base MSRP of $49,450. An F SPORT Sport S+ mode adds another $5,690 and an optional navigation system adds $1,735.

UPDATE 01/24/2012: On January 6th, Lexus asked their Facebook fans which feature of the all-new GS they would like to learn more about. They voted, and today the company has unveiled a video about the car’s performance enhancements, based directly on the majority of votes. Enjoy!

Find out more about the Lexus GS350 after the jump

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Super Bowl Ad: Lexus teases their very first Super Bowl commercial

Super Bowl Ad: Lexus teases their very first Super Bowl commercial

Lexus has high hopes for 2012 after what can only be described as a sub-par 2011. So with a new year full of hope and high expectations, Lexus is kicking off 2012 with a bang with their very first Super Bowl commercial.

“This is a big year for Lexus as we introduce nine new or updated models, and the Super Bowl provides us with an equally big opportunity to reach a highly engaged audience of 50 million people,” said Brian Smith, Lexus Vice President of Marketing.

The Toyota-owned automaker is due to run a 30-second commercial in the first quarter of the Big Game and considering that its Lexus’ very first attempt at a Super Bowl spot, you better believe that they’re setting everything up by introducing a 15-second teaser of their 30-second commercial.

Only during the Super Bowl will you see a teaser of a commercial.

According to Smith: “The star of our commercial is the all-new 2013 GS which launches in February and kicks off a pivotal era for the Lexus brand. The spot also will convey that even more products are waiting in the wings and are anxious to hit the road.”

Check out the teaser video of Lexus’ first Super Bowl ad before the full 30-seconder is unveiled on February 5, 2012.

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Lexus plans to offer nine new or updated products this year

2011 hasn’t been the best year for Lexus on the North American market. The world crisis combined with the massive earthquake that shook Japan to its core in March 2011 hurt the company’s sales and made it surrender its 11-year reign as the best-selling luxury brand in the United States. However, Lexus has plans to make a major comeback, announcing plans to offer nine new or updated products to hopefully increase their sales by about 21%. This translates to 240,000 units compared to 2011’s 198,552 units.

"We will grow more than any other luxury brand this year. Our base plan is 240,000. But we think we can exceed that by a pretty good margin," said Mark Templin, Lexus General Manager.

The list of new models includes the GS 350 and GS 450h sport sedans arriving in February, followed by reworked versions of the ES 350, the IS 250 and 350, the LS 460, and the 600h. The LX SUV will also be refreshed in 2012.

But the biggest news for 2012 is theLF-LC Hybrid Concept shown at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. This concept will be immediately followed by a production version priced somewhere between $100,000 and $130,000.

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Lexus wants to bring the pain to BMW with a GS-F rival for the M5

Apart from being one of the most awesome supercars on the planet, the Lexus LF-A taught us something important about Lexus. Toyota’s luxury division is trying to shed away its conservative persona in favor of being seen as a harbinger of high-performance cars.

Now it appears they’re targeting more than just the Ferraris and Lamborghinis of the world. They’ve also got an eye towards performance vehicles like the BMW M5, which only adds to Lexus’ growing reputation as a giant slayer.

According to Autocar, the Japanese automaker is planning on building a high-performance version of the GS-F, one that will carry a tuned version of the LF-A’s 4.8-liter V10 engine and will have at least 450 horsepower on tap. Those figures still fall short of the M5’s 550-horsepower output, but it’s still what people will consider as high-performance. Besides, you can expect Lexus to make up for the relative lack of output by packing all sorts of technology in the car.

Lexus’ intention of catering more to the world of high-performance cars was busted open with the release of the LF-A supercar. After seeing what they’re truly capable of, we’re not going to put anything past these guys.

If they want to go after cars like the BMW M5, then by all means, more power to them.

2013 Lexus GS 350 F-Sport pictured above

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2012 Lexus GS 250

2012 Lexus GS 250

Lexus has officially unveiled the GS 250 sedan - the smallest version of the GS family - on the British market. The new model will go on sale in June 2012, along with the GS 450h and the F-Sport version.

The new GS 250 uses a 2.5-liter V6 petrol engine with D-4S direct port injection and Dual VVT-i intelligent valve timing. The engine delivers a total of 206 HP at 6,400 rpm and a peak torque of 186 lb-ft delivered at 4,800 rpm. It is mated to Lexus’s Super ECT-i close-ratio intelligent six-speed automatic transmission, with a sequential manual shift function. The car can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 8.6 seconds and can hit a top speed of 142 mph.

The list of standard equipment includes a 12.3-inch multimedia screen, a new S-flow air conditioning system with nanoe air purifying technology, and a new Mark Levinson audio system with up to 17 speakers. And just like all the other GS models, the driver can adjust vehicle behavior to suit road conditions and driving preferences using the Drive Mode Select. This system gives the option of Eco, Normal, and Sport S modes, while versions equipped with Adaptive Variable Suspension will also offer a Sport S+ mode for even more dynamic performance.

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2013 Lexus GS F Sport by Five Axis

2013 Lexus GS F Sport by Five Axis

Lexus employees have barely finished buffing out the brand spanking new GS 350 F-Sport and there’s already a tuner prepared to debut the vehicle’s first tuning package. Through the eyes of Five Axis comes the Project GS F Sport with some aesthetic and mechanical updates to wow the SEMA showgoers.

The Project GS F-Sport is sparkling in a Glacier White exterior paint with custom Slate Gray accents to offset the unique Silver textured accents for the interior. The vehicle is then given a little attitude with a Five Axis widebody conversion kit and a new set of wheels - size 20x9.5" at front and 20x10.5" at rear - wrapped in Yokohama Advan Sport tires.

The gleaming aesthetic changes are matched up with tools for better stability on the road. The Project GS F-Sport comes equipped with a new Stoptech Brake Kit with six-piston opposed calipers up front and four at the rear, an AirRunner TC-5 Air suspension system, and a custom fabricated exhaust with dual finishers by Five Axis for that clean engine sound. Speaking of the engine, Five Axis left the 3.5-liter V6 engine of the standard model untouched so owner will still be riding away using 306 HP.

The Lexus GS F-Sport’s first tuning package may not contain all of the bells and whistles of the average kit, but the result seems to be astounding nonetheless.

UPDATE 11/07/2011: If you wanted to see what the GS F Sport by Five Axis looks like in real life, then check out our live images from SEMA!

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2013 Lexus GS 350 F-Sport

2013 Lexus GS 350 F-Sport

The new Lexus GS350 debuted at the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours, leaving many with the building anticipation for its F-Sport package sibling. That wait will soon be over as Lexus will be headed to the 2011 SEMA Auto Show with the GS F-Sport and will be displaying it from Nov. 1st-4th, 2011.

The new GS F-Sport harbors the same 306 HP 3.5-liter V6 engine from the standard model, but adds "the ability to take performance to an entirely new level." The F-Sport package adds unique exterior and interior design treatments, as well as an F-Sport-tuned Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS), thicker anti-roll bars, bushing changes, and new larger front brakes with high friction pads.

"The all-new GS 350 with F-Sport package will offer our customers more agility and a sportier appearance," said Mark Templin, Lexus group vice president and general manager. “The racing-inspired F-Sport components were precision engineered for this vehicle, providing quality performance without compromise."

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