2013 Lexus GS 350 Long-Term Road Test


2013 Lexus GS 350: Five Reasons To Get the F Sport Package

May 13, 2013

2013 Lexus GS 350

If I were buying a 2013 Lexus GS 350, I'd add the F Sport package like our car has. This isn't necessarily because I'm an octane-fuelled car enthusiast who lives his life a quarter mile at a time. I just happen to think that what the F Sport version offers is ideally suited for what I'd want from a midsize luxury sport sedan. Here are five reasons why.

1) Sharper exterior styling. Of course, everybody's going to have an opinion on the Lexus GS's styling. But I was driving a few days ago on the highway in our long-term GS when another new GS 350 came up from behind me. First off, I couldn't actually tell what it was. "Is that a GS or LS?" I wondered. And that non-F Sport did seem a bit bland. At least with the F Sport, there's some extra personality up front thanks to the more aggressively styled lower bumper and mesh-style grille inserts. I also happen to like the F Sport's wheels and discrete rear spoiler.

2013 Lexus GS 350

2) Standard sport-tuned suspension. The F Sport comes standard with the adjustable suspension dampers. You can get these as part of the GS's Luxury package as well, though the F Sport's are tuned specifically for performance. What I like about this is that our long-termer is, in normal mode, still very well suited for comfortable daily driving. Yet engage the Sport or Sport+ modes and the GS noticeably livens up, making driving around corners more engaging. You get your luxury sedan and luxury sport sedan in one car.

3) Rear-wheel-steering system. OK, it does take some getting used to and isn't for everybody. But personally I like how it quickens the car's steering and turn-in around corners. It also noticeably reduces the turning circle.

4) More powerful front brakes and summer tires. Both are included with F Sport. If you haven't read it, we have a great comparison test of winter versus summer tires. Since I live in California, summer tires would work out almost all the time. And who wouldn't want more powerful brakes?

5) F Sport-specific front seats and steering wheel. There's not a huge difference here, but the F Sport does have special sport front seats (I like the adjustable side bolsters) plus a steering wheel with pronounced indents for your thumbs at the 9 and 3 positions. Both help accentuate that you're driving a special model of the GS.

Opting for the F Sport package isn't cheap. It adds $5,690 to the car's price. But I think it's worth it.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 16,021 miles

Comments

  • cotak cotak Posts:

    I only see 3 reasons. Screw the looks, people are too vain.

  • drjohn43 drjohn43 Posts:

    And here are two big reasons not to buy the F Sport package: 1. Unlike the BMW M series, the Audi S series, or even the Lexus ISF series, the F Sport package doesn't give you a bigger, more powerful engine. It has the same engine as the base car and the suspension dampening it offers is also offered in the more desirable luxury package. 2. The tires are not only summer tires, which don't work well here in NC where we deal with ice and snow in the winter, but they are also staggered with bigger tires on the back, which means you can't rotate them. When you have to shell out $600-700 for two new rear tires at under 20,000 miles, you'll see what I mean

  • natnut natnut Posts:

    The F-Sport should rightly be compared to BMW's M-Sport package, Audi's S-line and MB's AMG package : all of these are suspension/cosmetic changes and don't increase engine hp.

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