Trying Really Hard - 2013 Lexus GS 350 Long-Term Road Test

2013 Lexus GS 350: Trying Really Hard

July 10, 2013

2013 Lexus GS 350

The Lexus GS 350 is trying really hard to convince the world it's a sporty performance sedan. So why not build a rear diffuser into the rear bumper valance to drive home the point?

The sportiest of performance sedans like the Mercedes-Benz CLS63, Jaguar XFR and Audi RS7 have one, so why not a 3.5-liter 306-horsepower Lexus? It should be noted that the Porsche Panamera's rear diffuser strakes are smaller than the GS's and the BMW M5 doesn't seem to have them at all, which has to be worth some amount of bragging rights for Lexus, right?

Or it's just pointless design frippery.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor

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