2013 Lexus GS 350: V6 Sounds Great, Mostly Filling
January 9, 2012
One thing I've noticed about the 3.5-liter V6 in our 2013 Lexus GS 350 is that it has dual personalities when it comes to the way it sounds. Under normal driving conditions it sounds like your typical Lexus V6, which is to say understated and quiet. But when you nail the throttle, the V6 becomes much more aggressive and is highlighted by a throaty intake sound at higher rpm. There's some sound enhancement going on -- Lexus has added special sound generator tubing on the air intake to make it happen -- but overall I like it.
The only issue I can see somebody having is that the V6 sounds a little sportier than it really is. Granted, 306 horsepower and a 0-60 time of 5.8 seconds is perfectly fine for this class, but you do have to rev the engine fairly high to access that power. Some competing sedans with their supercharged or turbocharged six-cylinder engines (Audi S5, BMW 535i, new Jaguar XF 3.0) have beefier amounts of torque that's readily available at low rpm.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 8,224 miles