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Lexus - 2013 Lexus GS 350

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2013 Lexus GS 350
2013 Lexus GS 350 picture
Engine Type V6, aluminum block and cylinder heads, DOHC 24 valve with dual continuously variable valve timing with intelligence (VVT-i), Direct and Port Injection; Electronic Throttle Control System with intelligence (ETCS-i)
Displacement cu in (cc) 3.5 liter (3,456 cc)
Power bhp (kW)  at RPM 306 hp @ 6,400 rpm
Torque lb-ft (Nm) at RPM 277 lb.-ft. @ 4,800 rpm
Redline at RPM 6,600 rpm
Brakes Anti-lock Braking System (ABS); Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD); Brake Assist (BA); and VDIM
Tires Bridgestone, Dunlop, Michelin and Yokohama - 225/50R17 (standard) 235/45R18 (optional) - Optional 235/40R 19 rear All Season Tires (AWD) 235/40R19 front, 265/35R19 rear Summer Tires (RWD F SPORT package)
Length 190.7 in.
Weight 3,795 lbs
Acceleration 0-62 mphs 5.7 sec. (RWD) 6.0 sec. (AWD)
Top Speed mph (km/h) 142 mph (RWD: gas) 131 mph (AWD)
Fuel economy EPA (1/100) 19/28/23 (RWD) 19/26/21(AWD)
Base Price 46,900
Car Description

The 2013 Lexus GS 350 is available in rear-wheel drive (RWD) with a base MSRP of $46,900 or all-wheel drive (AWD) with a base MSRP of $49,450. The configurations are available as F SPORT models or can be equipped with the available Premium or Luxury packages for greater personalization.

The 2013 Lexus GS features a class-leading 10 airbags, along with new Whiplash Injury Lessening (WIL) front seats. Available options to help further enhance occupant safety include a pre-collision system, featuring a first-in-class infrared camera to monitor the driver’s eyes to check on driver status. 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).

The 2013 GS 350 with F SPORT package takes performance to an entirely new level. Unique to the F SPORT package will be aggressive 19-inch wheels, F SPORT-tuned Adaptive Variable Suspension, thicker anti-roll bars, bushing changes, and new larger front brakes with high friction pads. In addition, rear-wheel drive models will be equipped with 19-inch staggered width wheels and Variable Gear Ratio Steering. Inside, the all-new package also features a sporty attitude with a new 16-way power driver’s sport seat, unique interior design treatment and available F SPORT exclusive Cabernet Red leather interior.

Following the inspirational design cues of the IS line-up and CT 200h, the F SPORT package separates itself from the GS line-up with distinctive exterior details. To display its aggressive attitude, the GS 350 with F SPORT package will be outfitted with a sport front bumper and rear lower valence, rear lip spoiler, unique F SPORT mesh grille inserts and F SPORT badging.


Overall Exterior Styling/Body Design

17-inch alloy wheels with 9-spoke design
Aggressive inverted trapezoid-shaped upper and bottom-wide lower grille to produce a new “spindle grille”
Arrowhead-shaped LED Daytime Running Lamps
Bi-High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps
Color-keyed exterior mirrors with turn signals
LED rear combination lamps
Lower bumper with integrated dual exhaust outlets with lateral fins (hidden exhaust on hybrid)
Shark fin antenna for integrated SiriusXM Satellite Radio (90-day trial subscription included)
Ultraviolet and infrared ray-reducing tinted glass for all windows
Width enhancing wheel flares and bumper corners; slanted shape, “slingshot” windows and rear door back edge projects strength and stability

Body Structure and Paint

Color-keyed Super Olefin Polymer front and rear bumpers
Exterior colors (9): Starfire Pearl, Liquid Platinum, Nebula Gray Pearl, Fire Agate Pearl, Obsidian, Rivera Red, Satin Cashmere Metallic, Deep Sea Mica, Meteor Blue Metallic
Flat underbody with aero-stabilizing fins for improved aerodynamic and noise performance
Galvanized rust-resistant steel
Lightweight asphalt sheets for interior noise reduction
Narrow and precise body gaps

Convenience Features

Auto on/off headlamps with 30 second delay-off feature
Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) with AUTO and HOLD features
Heated electrochromic auto-dimming retractable outside review mirrors and reverse tilt-down functions and puddle lamps with integrated turn signals
One-touch open/close moonroof
Rear window defogger with auto-off timer
SmartAccess keyless entry and push-button engine start system
Windshield wipers with mist cycle


Acoustic Control Induction System (ACIS) varies intake manifold length depending on conditions
Computer controlled ignition system with separate knock sensors for each cylinder bank, and Electronic Spark Advance (ESA) to optimize ignition timing
Dual exhaust system
Electronic Throttle Control System with intelligence (ETCS-i) with “Snow Mode”
Fluid-filled front engine mounts to reduce noise and vibration
Sound generator on intake side to produce exhilarating intake sound under acceleration
Smart Stop Technology
Drive Mode Select
Paddle Shifters
VDIM cut-off switch


Interior Trim

Aluminum alloy “Lexus” stamped scuff plates on all door sills
Assist grips: two front and two rear
Contrast stitching on soft vinyl wrapped upper I/P, seats, door panels and shift boot
Leather-trimmed seats available in Black, Flaxen, Light Gray or Cabernet Red
LED ambient lighting integrated into door ornamentation and RTI surround area
Padded instrument panel Seats
10-way power driver and front passenger seats (power adjustments: fore-and-aft slide; fore-aft recline; front and total vertical height; lumbar support; four-way manual headrest adjustment fore-and-aft and height)
Fold-down rear center arm rest
Height adjustable headrests for all seating positions, including rear center
Seatback pockets behind front seats

Instrumentation and Controls

8-inch high resolution central control screen
Analog clock
Combined LCD climate control function and temperature display
Second generation Remote Touch Interface (RTI)
Steering wheel multimedia, cruise control and multi-information display controls
Optitron analog instrument cluster with color TFT Multi-Information Display

Convenience Features

Bluetooth® phone capability
Cruise control
Electrochromic rearview mirror with compass (without Navigation) and HomeLink® programmable garage door opener
Electric trunk release with valet lockout feature
Individual front and rear reading lamps
Lexus Personalized Settings (LPS) allows certain electronic settings to be tailored to owner preference
Lexus Memory System to control driver’s seat (except lumbar), outside mirrors and steering wheel
One-touch up/down function with jam protection on all four windows
Power door locks with anti-lockout feature and driver door two-turn unlock system
Power tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel with automatic tilt-away
Push button engine start
Rear A/C vents on the back of center console
Retained accessory power feature for operation of power windows and optional moonroof
S-flow auto climate control to focus air flow only to areas where passengers are seated
Sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors
Trunk pass-through


Lexus Premium Audio System

5.1 surround sound
12 speakers
Bluetooth streaming
Advanced voice recognition
AM/FM/DVD with HD radio and WMA/MP3 capability
Aux and iPod®/USB input plugs
Digital signal processing with Automatic Sound Levelizer (ASL)
Electronic crossover network
Gracenote music management system
Integrated SiriusXM Satellite Radio receiver (90-day trial subscription)
MP3 sound enhancement
Rear glass-imprinted radio antenna with separate FM diversity antenna
Text to speech SMS with Navigation
Theft-deterrent design



3-point belts for all seating positions, including rear center position and height adjustable front shoulder belt anchors
Automatic locking retractor (ALR)/Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) seat belt function on all seating positions except driver (ELR only)
Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
Driver and front passenger airbag Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) with occupant-detecting front passenger airbag cutoff mechanism (designed to stop the front passenger airbag from inflating when the front passenger seat is vacant)
Driver and front passenger knee airbag SRS
Force-limiting seat belts with pretensioners for both the driver, front passenger and outboard rear seats
Four-channel, four-sensor Anti-locking Braking System (ABS) integrated with Brake Assist (BA), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
Front and rear energy-managing crumple zones
Front and rear side-curtain airbag Supplemental Restraint System (SRS)
Impact-dissipating upper interior trim
Rear back-up camera
Seat-mounted side airbag SRS for front and rear seats
Tire pressure monitor system (TPMS) system; direct type
Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) system integrates and manages ECB, ABS, BA, EBD, VSC and Electric Power Steering (EPS)
Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) system Security
Access-linked illuminated entry: puddle lamps, interior lights and engine start button ring illuminate when doors are unlocked (remains illuminated for 15 seconds or until door is opened)
Entry system with lock, two-stage unlock, trunk open and “panic” features, volume-adjustable confirmation tone and rolling code technology
Headlight off delay feature: After locking vehicle, headlights remain illuminated for a certain period of time before automatically shutting off
Safety Connect® with Automatic Collision Notification, Stolen Vehicle Location, Emergency Assist Button, and Enhanced Roadside Assistance (one-year trial subscription included)
Vehicle theft deterrent system


18-inch split five-spoke aluminum wheels with all-season or summer tires
Blind Spot Monitor
Heads Up Display (HUD)
Heated rear seats
Intuitive Park Assist (IPA)
Lane Keep Assist (LKA) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
Lexus Dynamic Handling (LDH) System with Dynamic Rear Steering (DRS)
Lexus HDD Navigation System with 12.3-inch High Resolution Screen
Lexus Enform® with SafetyConnect®: Automatic Collision Notification, Stolen Vehicle Location, Emergency Assist Button (SOS), Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Destination Assist, and eDestination (complimentary one-year trial subscription included) and APPS function which allows the driver to enjoy various mobile phone applications on the navigation screen
Lexus Insider™
AdvancedVoice command casual-language voice recognition system
SiriusXM NavTraffic, NavWeather, Sports and Stocks (90-day trial subscription)
Mark Levinson® Premium Surround Sound Audio system
Mark Levinson® audio with 17 Green Edge speakers, Class D Digital amplifier with ultra-low crossover distortion, 835 watts of continuous power at less than 0.1 percent Total Harmonic Distortion (THD), 7.1- channel speaker architecture, DVD audio/video capability
Night Vision System
Pre-Collision System (PCS) with Driver’s Eyes Monitor and Adaptive Cruise Control
Cold Weather Package
Heated steering wheel
Heavy duty heater
Headlamp washers
Water repellant front door glass
Wiper Deicer
Luxury Package
Adaptive Front lighting System (AFS)
Adaptive Variable Suspension
Semi-aniline leather
Multi-contour 18-way power front driver seats (includes piower mid-back, side bolsters, thigh support, fourway lumbar)
Passenger seat memory
Rear A/C and audio controls
Rear manual side sun shades
Unique design split nine-spoke 18-inch wheel
Unique high gloss linear espresso wood ornamentation
Wood/leather steering wheel
Premium Package
Heated/ventilated front seats
Power rear sunshade
Rain-sensing wipers

F SPORT Package

16-way power sport driver seat (includes power side bolsters, thigh support, four-way lumbar)
19-inch staggered width split five-spoke wheels with summer tires for RWD, single width with all-season tires for AWD
F SPORT tuned Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS)
Larger front brakes with hi-friction pads
Rear lip spoiler
Sport interior (aluminum trim, unique perforated leather trim, and black headliner)
Sport front bumper and rear lower valence
Unique mesh grille inserts
Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS) (RWD only)
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