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(from Lexus Press
Release) Lexus Reveals All-New 2013 GS 350 at Pebble Beach
• A Sport Sedan with
World-Class Luxury and Evocative Design Shows New Identity of
• Outstanding Driving Dynamics and Innovative Technology
• Spacious Interior With Open, Modern Architecture
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif.,
August 18, 2011 – Lexus today unveiled the all-new GS 350 at a press
conference in conjunction with the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
The new 2013 GS combines bold, dynamic styling, precise handling,
innovative technology, and a spacious interior. In addition to the
GS 350, other 2013 GS models that will be launched in early 2012
include hybrid and F Sport versions, with further details to be
announced later this year.
“Today, buyers in the mid-size luxury segment want a more engaging
driving experience, styling that makes a statement, and a roomier
interior package,” said Mark Templin, Lexus group vice president and
general manager. “With the all-new GS, we’re giving them what they
asked for, and more.”
Along with a new Lexus signature spindle grille, the GS is a car
that conveys a tangible sense of driver confidence, with a
redesigned chassis and a wide, strong stance that inspires and
rewards driver participation with crisp and precise handling.
GS engineers challenged themselves to develop a more spacious
interior environment. While leaving exterior dimensions virtually
unchanged, they dramatically increased cabin and trunk space to
create an interior that can easily transport passengers and their
luggage in luxury and style regardless of distance.
Richly endowed with world-class features and premium details, the
new GS is supported by advanced, performance-enhancing technology
that makes it more than just a luxury car. The driver and front
passenger will enjoy the clean appearance of the new high-resolution
central control display.
A New Personality and An
Invitation To Drive
Designing the new GS 350
to be both strong and agile was a key focus of the engineering team.
They looked to the Lexus LFA supercar for inspiration and carried
over some key elements to provide a more engaging driving
experience, including a new aerodynamic body; a completely new
platform with a wider stance and stiffer structure; a transmission
with quicker shifts; distinctive engine sound and exhaust notes; and
better seat support.
The new platform is more rigid compared to the current model.
Engineers conducted extensive platform testing, ultimately
increasing the number of spot welds and adding laser welds in very
specific locations. The track, wider by almost two inches, works in
combination with a revised suspension design to assure a more solid
stance and superior cornering performance.
The new suspension system is designed to help guide the 2013 GS
through corners with precision. In the front, upper and lower
control arms are made from aluminum and employ larger bushings. The
rear subframe has been completely redesigned to accommodate an
all-new multi-link rear suspension, using improved suspension
geometry that retains tire cornering force and enhances rear
control. With the stiffer platform and lighter components, the
shocks can use lighter-viscosity oil, so they move easily and
respond to small inputs more quickly.
The use of front and rear aluminum control arms helps reduce
unsprung weight and results in significant improvements in agility,
roll damping, ride comfort, body control and steering precision.
Overall, the suspension is lighter and stronger, allowing it to
react to driver input readily, and ride quietly without harshness.
Ventilated disc brakes featuring four-piston aluminum front calipers
are endowed with the latest electronic enhancements to help provide
braking balance and control.
Customized Driving Experience
The new GS is powered by
an advanced 3.5-liter V6, four cams, and four valves per cylinder
with dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i). At 306
horsepower, it is one of the most powerful base engines in the
segment, as well as the only one with both port and direct
injection. It propels the GS from 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds and at the
same time, fuel economy has been improved.
Acceleration from 30 to 50 mph can take just 3.0 seconds, and
improved engine sound characteristics complement the bolder, more
energetic personality of the new GS. The six-speed sequential shift
automatic transmission has paddle shifters and sport driving
functions as standard equipment.
The transmission incorporates many features adopted from the Lexus
IS F high-performance sedan — including faster shifts, earlier
torque converter lockup and downshift throttle blips — to support
four driving modes that can be operated by toggling the new Lexus
Drive Mode selector. In addition to the Normal mode, the following
settings let the driver customize the driving experience:
• ECO mode revises
throttle mapping, seat heating, and climate control systems for
better fuel economy. In ECO mode, meter lighting changes to
• SPORT S mode revises throttle mapping and transmission
shifting priorities to fully exploit the capabilities of the
powertrain. In SPORT S mode, meter lighting changes to red.
• SPORT S+ mode (available on some models) engages handling
enhancements via a sport setting of the adaptive variable
suspension, steering system, and vehicle stability control (VSC)
together with the powertrain enhancements of SPORT S mode.
electronically controlled all-wheel-drive system is designed to
enhance traction in a variety of driving conditions. The system can
vary front-to-rear torque balance from 50/50 to as much as 30/70,
depending on driving conditions, for exceptional control.
Innovative Lexus Design
The 2013 GS expresses a
new generation of Lexus’ design philosophy with its precisely
sculpted exterior and will lead the rest of the lineup in an
entirely new direction. When designers shaped the GS they visualized
the flow of air around it and, like the LFA supercar, maximized
aerodynamic efficiency for class-leading coefficient of drag.
The GS fuses distinctive style with engineering functionality. Fins
incorporated into the side of the tail lamps and the design of the
trunk area all help direct air over and past the car. The rear
bumper underbody area was designed for reduced wind resistance to
help keep the car firmly planted on the ground. Finally, air inlets
located on the outer edges of the lower grille serve as cooling
The signature spindle grille with its trapezoidal contours evolved
from current Lexus styling and fully integrates into the aggressive
front bumper allowing for efficient airflow. This distinctive Lexus
design feature combined with the deep-set, high-tech headlamps and
L-shaped LED daytime running lamps further express the vehicle’s
confident and dynamic character. The headlamps use a projector beam
design, adding a strong, chiseled appearance and excellent
From the side, the GS projects the image of a spacious sport sedan
with a road-hugging wider stance. The tapered lower rocker panel and
the short front overhang give the vehicle a sense of motion.
Width-enhancing front and rear wheel arches adds an athletic stance
enhancing the vehicle’s dynamic presence.
The rear bumper features a distinctive exhaust diffuser and centered
aero fins to help control underbody airflow. Combined with the
L-shaped LED tail lamps, a Lexus design cue, these rear bumper
features lend a high-performance appearance. Overall, the new GS
sheet metal represents a significant extension of the Lexus
L-finesse philosophy that is the core of all Lexus product design.
The GS 350 will feature three colors that are new to the Lexus color
palette: Riviera Red, Meteor Blue Metallic and Liquid Platinum.
Vehicles in Riviera Red will benefit from glass flakes incorporated
into the coating that adds a high level of brilliance to the paint.
Lexus engineers developed a new advanced coating process for Liquid
Platinum exteriors. The GS 350 will be the first Lexus to adopt this
new coating technology. Vehicles with the Liquid Platinum exterior
will appear more radiant as an additional metallic texture gives
both strong shading and defined, sharp highlights. This metallic
effect makes subtle and defined bodylines more noticeable and the
surface appear finely polished.
Spacious Interior with Premium
The GS provides more
overall space for all occupants. With these changes, the new GS
offers comfortable space for front and rear passengers.
Upgraded accommodations start with the driver. The entire cabin was
created around the driver and the driving experience. A
horizontal-themed instrument panel emphasizes the spaciousness
through its wide layout. A redesigned seat frame and changes to
steering column architecture enable an improved driver seating
position for increased comfort, better forward visibility and
overall command of the road. Equal attention has been paid to
maximizing space for rear passengers, adding headroom, legroom, knee
room and improved foot space compared to the current generation GS.
Door openings have also been revised for easier ingress and egress.
Trunk space has been increased by almost 25 percent, and trunk
access is improved with a wider, deeper opening.
Painstaking attention to detail was applied to the GS cabin as well
to create a balance of luxurious and technological amenities and
emotional design. The new layout of the long, sculpted dash gives
the driver and front passenger a sense of roominess through its
clean center stack and new, large high-resolution center control
display placed deep near the front windshield. Most of the comfort
and convenience controls such as audio and climate were relocated to
provide a cleaner and more sophisticated dash layout.
The interior includes a number of embedded premium upgrades as
standard equipment. A new energy-saving auto climate control system
called S-Flow uses the occupant-detection system to focus airflow
only to the front area where passengers are actually seated, a
first-in-class technology. A next-generation Remote Touch with
one-push confirmation is standard on all models and enables smooth,
intuitive operations control.
The Remote Touch allows the user to operate the climate, audio,
phone controls, optional navigation system and more. The screen
menus are selected with the controller, eliminating the need to
reach out. Remote touch also reduces eye movement and helps users
operate functions with reduced effort and distraction. A standard
rear back-up camera helps add security and convenience.
The finely crafted cabin detail is complemented further by ambient
lighting that unobtrusively welcomes and guides the user into the
vehicle, providing a carefully designed experience. New white LED
lights are sequentially lit to illuminate the areas around the
doors, center console and footwells. A new analog clock with LED
indicators, carved from an ingot, adds a unique touch, at once both
modern and traditional.
Cabin materials include three types of wood specially chosen to
highlight the unique flavors of the model variations. Meticulously
detailed contrast stitching is used as a visual accent on the
instrument panel, door trim, center console, shift knob and steering
wheel to create a rich, tailored interior space.
multimedia brings a host of standard entertainment and connectivity
enhancements, including enhanced Bluetooth® capability with
automatic phonebook download and streaming audio.
GS buyers will get DVD audio and video compatibility, MP3 sound
enhancement, 5.1 Surround Sound, and a high-resolution eight-inch
central control display centrally located high up in the instrument
panel. An SMS text-to-speech feature allows the driver to be read
text messages and send preset responses with a compatible smart
phone. HD Radio™ with iTunes tagging and a three-month trial
subscription to SiriusXM Satellite Radio are standard. The Gracenote
Media management system creates dynamic music playlists and a voice
recognition solution recognizes nicknames for music artists and even
By adding the optional navigation system, GS owners can get an
industry-first 12.3-inch, split-screen, high-resolution multi-media
display. The split-screen ultra-large display enhances visibility
through the use of advanced, high-definition graphics that are easy
to read and easy to use. The 12.3-inch screen is large enough to
support simultaneous, split-screen viewing of a large map display,
plus audio, climate or other vehicle information.
GS buyers will also have access to next-generation Lexus Enform®,
the system that leverages mobile phone technology to provide a new
level of connectivity and information management. Local searches can
be conducted through Bing, or use voice-enabled apps to make
restaurant reservations through OpenTable, get movie tickets via
MovieTickets.com or tap into internet radio, including Pandora® or
They will also appreciate the ability to check-in on Facebook, and
search for restaurant reviews on Yelp. SiriusXM data services offer
information on stocks, traffic, weather, sports and fuel prices. The
system is updatable and upgradeable through over-the-air downloads,
so new apps and content can be readily added.
For audiophiles who insist on the ultimate in audio performance, an
835-watt, 17-speaker Mark Levinson audio system is available. The
system provides 7.1 Surround Sound through 10 channels using a new
class D Digital amplifier and luxury-first Green Edge™ speakers that
are lighter, more energy-efficient and have less distortion. The new
system produces almost three times as many watts per channel over
the previous generation.
Integrated Safety Systems
In addition to enhanced
braking systems and an impact-absorbing body structure, the new GS
offers significant advances in both passive and active safety
systems as standard equipment.
There are a class-leading 10 airbags in the new GS, including a knee
airbag for both front driver and passenger. Rear seat occupants have
seat-mounted side airbags, and all four outboard occupants are
equipped with side curtain airbags.
New Whiplash Injury Lessening (WIL) front seats increases the
likelihood that occupants will be in optimum position at the moment
of impact, enhancing the protective effect of the seatbelt system.
Standard seatbelts with pretensioners with force limiters used for
front and outboard rear seats further assist occupant protection.
Available options to help further enhance occupant safety include a
pre-collision system, which uses the dynamic radar cruise control
system to provide early warning of upcoming objects that might
result in a collision. The system also uses a first-in-class
infrared camera to monitor the driver’s eyes to check on driver
status. In the event that the driver does not appear to be looking
forward when a collision appears imminent, the system will initiate
the warning at an earlier threshold. If the driver still does not
respond and make the appropriate maneuver, the system will initiate
braking intervention up to two seconds prior to impact, helping to
lessen the severity of the collision.
Other available safety systems include a Night Vision System that
enhances driver visibility at night; Heads Up Display (HUD); a Blind
Spot Monitor that helps detect vehicles in rear/side blind spots;
and Lane Keep Assist (LKA) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW). GS is
the first in its segment to offer LKA with active steering torque to
provide a small amount to assist in maintaining course, while the
LDW feature alerts the driver if the system detects that the vehicle
is beginning to drift out of the lane.
“The new GS 350 combines luxury, outstanding driving dynamics and
world-class technology features in a new and bold design,” said
Templin. “We expect this car to occupy a key position both at the
core of the Lexus brand and at the heart of the mid-luxury sedan