TELL ME ABOUT THIS CAR
Lexus totally ditched the beige and turned heads with its F Sport series including the IS F sports sedan and the brutish RC F V8 coupe. It now offers an F Sport version to most models across its range, including its large sports sedan, the GS, which combines big-car luxury with ‘race-inspired thrills’. First introduced in 2012, the second generation GS series has had a bit of a refresh and comes with four engine types including a 2.0-litre four cylinder turbo, a 2.5-litre hybrid, 3.5-litre V6 hybrid and the 3.5-litre V6 found in the GS 350. Of the four, the GS 350 F Sport probably best lives up to Lexus’ goal to produce a ‘fully-fledged grand-touring sports sedan’.
- Lexus’ 3.5-litre V6 engine direct injection petrol engine produces 232kW with 380Nm of torque and does 0-100km/h in 6.0 seconds. It’s tried and tested but by no means tired.
- Multiple driving settings including Eco, Normal. Sports, Sports +, Customised Sports and Snow which change
- Eight-speed automatic transmission with sequential and paddle shift
- Active variable suspension
- Dynamic, rear-wheel steering that reduces steering effort at low speed while increasing stability when you put the foot down.
- A full suite of active safety features including radar active cruise control, lane keeping and steering assist, pre-collision braking and blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert.
- A comprehensive multimedia system featuring a panoramic 12.3-inch multimedia display, advanced Bluetooth™ capabilities* and music pumped through an epic 17-speaker Mark Levinson sound system.
- Head-up display featuring navigation instructions.
- Quality and aesthetically pleasing interior finishes
- It’s a little thirsty. Lexus reckons it averages 9.7 litres/100kms, but we nudged 12.0 litres/100kms with a lot of freeway driving. You wouldn’t spend more than $100,000 to then drive around in Eco mode.
- The screen controls are a little cumbersome and fiddly.
- The back seat is a little tight for anyone on the tall side
- From behind it looks like a Camry
ANY RIVALS I SHOULD CONSIDER?
The $104,000 drive-away price includes everything, with Lexus believing a car like this should require no further enhancements.
It is in the same league as the Audi A6, BMW-535i and Jaguar XF-S but none of them can offer this much in terms of performance and technology for the price.