The 2016 Lexus GS350 F sport and pretty well all other Lexus models have gained a tremendous amount of shape refinements with stance adjustments. The GS is a prime example, from a first glance, it’s clear that this car means business. The sharp and chiseled styling cues in this vehicle give it an aggressive presence stance that simply begs for attention. Lexus stuck to their guns by keeping the style throughout their entire line-up one to differ from any other vehicle in any segment.
Essentially the entire front fascia of the GS has been remodeled and redefined. Now using a grille that spans from the hood all the way down to the bottom of the bumper with somewhat of an hourglass shape, this is the F-sport style grille and it gives the car a whole new attitude. The shapes and lines in the front bumper are great, every little feature compliments one another. Even the headlights are completely new, Lexus now went with a sleek design that uses a triple beam projector and moved the LED accent completely out of the headlight and placed it below to follow the lines of the grille, Brilliant if you ask me.
The F-Sport has an athletic stance, being slightly lower in the front makes it look and feel much more sporty. Considering it is a sports sedan this is quite fitting, the staggered wheel design is proportional to the rest of the design and only adds more to the flavor. Sitting on 19-inch aluminum alloy F-Sport wheels the F-Sport so far looks good from all angles.
Moving to the back the views don’t get any worse, brand new taillights follow the theme and look extremely aggressive, evil almost. They are LED so they are super sharp and have a great design. A tiny rear spoiler overhangs the trunk lid giving the appearance that the car is moving even when it is standing still. At the bottom of the rear bumper, we see a dual exhaust with chrome tips that are integrated completely into the bumper.
The GS 350 F-sport is an exceptional looking vehicle is defiantly one to compete with anything German or not in its class.
Once the doors open up fit and finish is clear and obvious. The jet black leather interior with carbon fiber like accents was simple yet elegant and inviting, perforated front seats with air conditioning and heat are both 18-way power adjustable with memory seating. The back seat passengers also get the luxury of having heated seats. There was ample room for all passengers to sit comfortably and spread out without any interference with one another. The rear passengers each had their own little section with a power rear sunshade giving the feel of business class transportation.
For the center display, Lexus incorporates a 12.3-inch multimedia display that is able to split up into multiple screens, these screens can display anything from 3D navigation, phone, media, tri-zone climate control and more. This controlled by a scroll mouse pad located centrally for easy access and convenience it is a little sensitive and takes a few minutes to get used to but when you get the hang of it is actually a great feature. If it proves to be too much for some people Lexus still has you covered by adding all necessary controls on the steering wheel while giving you a great color heads-up display that can give you tons of information. It is evident that Lexus has taken some of the great technology from their supercar the LFA, one thing that is obvious is the digital tachometer that helps give you an aggressive edge.
To keep the look of the center console uniform and uncluttered Lexus also has added a turn knob right beside the scroll pad that control vehicle driving modes, the drive mode select allows you to choose between different driving modes that alter your driving experience with a turn of the knob. These modes include ECO, normal, Sport and Sport+ and the modes are pretty self-explanatory, the sportier modes give you more responsiveness with more dynamic throttle response while the Eco modes are made to deliver great efficiency and comfort.
Our tester came equipped with a 17 speaker Mark Levinson Premium surround sound that boasted a whopping 835 watts. This sound system was clear, crisp and precise with all music through any source. It was truly a surround sound system that offered the best quality to all passengers.
Something I found truly intriguing in the GS was the voice command, although this is a pretty standard feature offered on almost all new vehicles the Lexus had one that was state of the art. This allowed you to make phone calls, navigation functions, and even climate control! You are literally able to say its to hot or to cold and the car will automatically adjust the temperature by four degrees.
Last but certainly not least was the analog clock placed directly in the center of the dash for the perfect amount of class and elegance.
This is perhaps the only area of the vehicle that did not live up to the competition and the rest of the vehicle, not saying that it was bad but it definitely could have used a little more fine tuning. The GS F-Sport is powered by a 3.5 Liter V6 engine that produces 311 horsepower and 28 lb-ft of torque. This is married to a 6-speed automatic electronically controlled transmission with paddle shift, the duo of the two gives you a smooth and fast driving experience. The only problem that I saw was the in the responsiveness, while it did perform phenomenally in sport+ mode all other modes were simply just not enough for the sports sedan and had a little to much lag. This might have been to do with the sheer weight of the car, weighing in a just under 3900lbs the engine does need to work hard to pull this beast. Even with that being said the sedan was still able to pull a 0-60mph in 5.8 seconds, very respectable for its class.
Where it lacked a little in the acceleration department it more than made up for in handling and braking. The F-Sport comes with specially tuned front and rear suspension tuned by the same team that tunes the world-renowned LFA supercar. In the front, we see the use of independent double-wishbone suspension with coil springs, gas shocks, and stabilizer. The rear also has independent multi-link suspension with coil springs, gas shocks, and stabilizer. This intern relates to the smooth, responsive and thrilling ride quality.
The braking, however, is what surprised me the most, the GS was able to stop extremely quickly. This is because of the enormous 13.1 inch ventilated front discs and 12.2 inch ventilated rear discs. Much needed for a vehicle with this stature and power.
The F-Sport is available in either rear-wheel drive or intelligent all-wheel drive, lucky for us our tester was fitted with the AWD. This system automatically distributes engine power between the front and rear axles. Depending on driving conditions it can split up the power anywhere between a 30/70 split to a 50/50 split (Front/Rear)
Lexus has always been at the top when it comes to safety, no difference in this car. Starting with driver’s assistance features with GS is fitted with blind spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert, backup camera with gridlines, hill start assist, vehicle dynamics integrated management which is meant to prevent wheel lock, rain sensing wipers, front and rear parking assist and dynamic handling system that also inlaces dynamic rear steering.
As far as other safety features are concerned the GS is fitted with a 10-airbag system, power-assisted four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, whiplash injury lessening front setbacks and a rigid body structure with crumple zones to lessen the impact on passengers in the car in the case of an accident by dissipating the force of the collision.