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Lexus reveals 2013 GS350 F-Sport ahead of debut at SEMA show

Sportiest version of the 5-Series rival yet...

Lexus has today revealed the GS350 F-Sport. Until now the GS range has been rather staid and boring in its lineup, but Lexus has decided that there is a market out there for a sportier version to take on the BMW 5-Series M-Sport and the Mercedes E-Class Sport. Designed to "engage driving enthusiasts with factory engineering," the model is distinguished by new styling modifications.

Up front we have a new bumper with lots of aggressive vents and slashes to aid cooling. The main grille gets chromed 'pinches' at the sides which again aid the aggressive look, and there is aluminium mesh in all the openings for a race look. At the rear there is a new bumper with a faux diffuser and twin exhaust outlets and a subtle boot spoiler.

On the handling front, the car is equipped with thicker anti-roll bars, larger front brakes, an Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) system and exclusive 19-inch alloy wheels.

Inside, the cabin features perforated leather seats, a black headliner and alloy pedals. There's also a sport steering wheel and aluminum trim which all combines to give this GS one of the nicest interiors in the segment. In our eyes it is now the 2nd best looking interior behind the Jaguar XF, certainly better than the BMW 5er and Mercedes E.

The F-Sport package will be available on all engine variants, but in this case power comes from a 3.5-litre V6 engine with 306 hp (228 kW / 310 PS) and 277 lb-ft (375 Nm) of torque. It is connected to a six-speed automatic transmission which enables the car to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds. In terms of efficiency, owners can expect to average 20 mpg city / 27 mpg highway (RWD) or 18 mpg city / 25 mpg highway (AWD).

The GS with F-Sport package will feature two new colors: Riviera Red and Liquid Platinum, and also be available in Starfire Pearl, Nebula Gray Pearl and Obsidian. Vehicles in Riviera Red will benefit from glass flakes incorporated into the coating that adds a high level of brilliance to the paint.

Images and video courtesy of Lexus USA

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - www.ecurie25.com Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more