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2013 Lexus GS 350 fully revealed at Pebble Beach

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By Damon Lavrinc

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Posted Aug 18th 2011 7:15PM

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We've endured the teasers, seen the leaks and even driven a prototype, and now the wraps officially come off. This is the 2013 Lexus GS 350, the automaker's latest bid to create a driver-focused mid-sizer aimed at the hearts, minds and wallets of would-be 5 Series and E-Class buyers. It might be a tough sell, but it's a compelling case on paper, even if the styling leaves us wanting.

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The chassis is all-new, the interior is more spacious and it's all

powered by a 3.5-liter V6 putting out 306 horsepower and 277 pound-feet

of torque through a six-speed sequential shift automatic gearbox. In

rear-wheel-drive guise, Lexus

claims a 0-60 mph time of 5.7 seconds and a run from 30 to 50 mph in

three seconds flat. An optional electronically controlled

all-wheel-drive system can vary the power split between 50/50 and 30/70,

but a torque-vectoring rear differential is notable in its absence.

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Three driving modes span the spectrum from fuel-conscious to maximum

consumption, with the now-familiar ECO mode reworking the throttle

mapping, seat heaters and climate controls for improved fuel economy,

while Sport S changes the instrument lighting from blue to red, delivers

more aggressive shifts and throttle settings and Sport S+ tightens

steering, loosens the stability control and shores up the adaptive

suspension.

A 112.2-inch wheelbase works in partnership with aluminum control arms

front and rear, along with a completely reworked multi-link rear

suspension, beefed up bushings and four-piston aluminum calipers in

front and upgraded discs at all four corners. Rolling stock include

standard 17x7.5-inch wheels with optional 18x8 or 19x8-inch, the latter

of which are fitted with 235/45 or 235/40 rubber, respectively.

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Lexus managed to keep the dimensions almost exactly the same as the

outgoing model and overall curb weight is down from 3,795 pounds to

3,715. The interior is more driver-centric, with all the major controls

kept closely at hand, including a new Remote Touch system for the

adaptive climate control system a

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