Exhaust Trim Charade - 2013 Lexus GS 350 Long-Term Road Test

2013 Lexus GS 350: Exhaust Trim Charade

March 6, 2013

2013 Lexus GS 350

I like our long-term 2013 Lexus GS 350 a lot. I think it's a great car to drive in a city like Los Angeles and it has some awesome trim options. It's comfortable and performs well, but it has some quirks when it comes to cosmetics. As Mark and Donna pointed out, it looks a bit like an evil space monster from the front. My specific point of contention is the exhaust pipes, or lack thereof.

The exhaust you see on the exterior of on our GS isn't real. Exhaust pipes don't look like that. There are two plastic trim pieces that give the appearance of the exhaust coming through the rear diffuser on the car. Sure, the pipes end behind these plastic pieces and technically it's where they exhaust exits, but the trim pieces aren't connected to any piping directly, nor do they change the performance or sound of the car.

Granted, the GS 350 sounds great with the windows up between 4,000 and 6,000 rpm, but that's all engine noise.

2013 Lexus GS 350

I'd rather see Lexus just turn the exit of the mufflers down and leave the rear bumper alone. The exhaust 'tips' are unpleasant to me because they are a sign of a performance upgrade that isn't there. They remind me of the stacked exhaust tips on the Lexus IS F that simulate four exhaust pipes where there are only two. It's form imitating function, and for that reason I think it should go.

Travis Langness, Associate Editor @ 13,387 miles

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