2013 Lexus GS 350: Unsporty Gearbox
October 5, 2012
If Lexus/Toyota expects the 2013 Lexus GS 350 F-Sport to be taken seriously as a driver's car, they'll have to do something about the gearbox. It is decidedly unsporty.
Rev-matching -- The Lexus has it, but only if you select "sport" mode. Isn't the F-Sport already the "sport" model? And is there really any reason anybody would want it to not match revs? I can't think of any. And heck, when rev-matching is available in autobox-equipped Mazda 3s all the time, Lexus/Toyota -- and every other brand with any shade of sporting aspirations -- can follow suit.
Slow responses -- There is a distinct pause between command and result when shifting manually.
No other choice -- you can get a 2013 GS 350 with a 6-speed automatic, or... nothing else. There is no manual gearbox offered, and the autobox doesn't cut the mustard when used manually.
C'mon, F-Sport, live up to the promise.
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor
[updated- remembered it does match revs in 'sport'. Sorry for any confusion]