When developing the new 2013 Lexus GS 350, Toyota’s luxury brand went above and beyond then just sitting around in a computer lab. According to Lexus, a part of developing the new GS 350 required the engineers to drive more than 1,000,000 miles.
“By widening the track by almost two inches and increasing the body rigidity by 14% through additional optimally placed spot- and laser-weld points, the result is a Lexus you have to experience to believe,” Lexus said.
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The engineers also reworked the front and rear suspensions to enhance handling and built aluminum components and larger bushings to reduce weight and deliver greater agility.
All I know is that 1,000,000 miles is a lot of driving.
Refresher: Power for the 2013 Lexus GS 350 comes from a 3.5 liter V6 engine making 306-hp at 6,400 rpm and a maximum torque of 277 lb-ft at 4,800 rpm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed sequential-shift transmission allowing it to go from 0 to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds with a top speed of 142 mph. 30 to 50 mph takes just 3 seconds. The Lexus GS also comes with the Lexus Drive Mode selector allowing for four driving modes including ECO, Normal, Sport S and available Sport S+. Prices start at $46,900.
- By: Omar Rana