After countless of spy photos and teasers, the wraps are off the all-new 2013 Lexus GS. Consider us impressed! The 2013 GS 350 shows-off what is likely Lexus’s new design language, with the Japanese automaker claiming it as “a sport sedan with world-class luxury and evocative design.” Until we see it in person or get a chance to drive it, we’ll have to agree with that statement.
By now, we have essentially seen its whole exterior, thanks in large part to a handful of some very good spyshots. Even so, this is the first time we’ve seen the 2013 Lexus GS 100 percent uncovered. And admittedly, it looks better than we thought it would. Thanks to a sharp grille and a Lexus IS-inspired profile, it has a more dynamic appearance than the outgoing GS.
Even more-so than the exterior, the interior of the new GS is a major step-up from the last GS, with styling that is clearly inspired from the LFA supercar. The dashboard has cleaner lines and a more aesthetic appeal. Hardware and software features include a humongous touchscreen (up to 12.3 inches) in the center and conveniently-located controls for the audio (17-speaker Mark Levinson are optional if the standard equipment is not your taste) and adaptive climate system. In fact, the climate control system uses a new Remote Touch system called S-Flow, which directs airflow only to the seating area where passengers are actually occupying.
Although roughly the same size as the outgoing GS, the 2013 GS 350 is built on a completely new platform that has a wider stance and a stiffer structure. It is powered by a 3.5L V6 that produces 306 horsepower and 277-pound-feet of torque, which is enough to launch the big sedan from 0 to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds and to a top speed of 142 mph (228 km/h). The engine is mated to a six-speed sequential shift automatic transmission.
As to be expected in the luxury segment, Lexus made safety a priority. The new GS features an array of both passive and active safety features. There are 10 airbags in total, including some for the knees of both front passengers and side airbags for rear passengers. It comes with an optional pre-collision system that uses radar to detect a probable collision and an infrared camera that monitors the driver’s eyes. The system sounds-off an alarm when circumstances suggest a probable accident, and if the alarm is not heeded or if the driver takes too long to respond, it will automatically activate the brakes.
Production of the 2013 Lexus GS will begin this December with sales beginning in February of 2012.
Bentley Bentayga Speed Nabs “World’s Fastest SUV” Title
The luxury SUV can launch to 62 mph in under 4 seconds.
Bentley proudly boasts that, with a top speed of 190 mph (306 km/h), the Bentayga Speed is the world’s fastest production SUV.
The 6.0-liter W12 engine found in the standard Bentayga has been tweaked to put out 626 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque, providing enough propulsion to hit 62 mph (100 km/h) from a standstill in just 3.9 seconds.
It’s worth noting that the 641 hp, V8-powered Lamborghini Urus is actually lighter and more powerful yet has the same top speed. The fact that the two SUVs are closely related makes us think there were some politics behind this head-scratching outcome.
In addition to the extra power, the Bentayga Speed provides a more dynamic driving experience than the regular Bentayga thanks to a retuned Sport mode and a stiffened suspension, while the exhaust note is throatier.
Designer gave the exterior a performance-theme characterized by dark-tint headlights, blacked-out grilles, a tailgate spoiler, and unique 22-inch wheels available in three finishes. Inside, one finds contrast stitching on the diamond-quilted upholstery and Alcantara trim, the first time the material has been used in a Bentayga.
The Bentley Bentayga Speed goes on sale in the second half of 2019 after making its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show.
Subaru WRX STI S209 Is The Most Powerful Subaru Ever
The long-rumored, limited edition Subaru WRX STI S209 is here, and it’s the most powerful car ever built by Subaru.
Unveiled at the 2019 Detroit Auto SHow, the S209 transcends the standard WRX STI in power, aerodynamics, and handling. Engineers reworked Subaru’s 2.5-liter boxer engine, giving it a larger HKS turbocharger that increases boost pressure from 16.2 psi to 18.0 psi and stronger yet lighter pistons and connecting rods.
The result? A significant boost in power from 300 horsepower to 341 horsepower, while midrange torque jumps by 10 percent at 3,600 rpm. All that power is sent to the four wheels via a six-speed manual transmission.
Inspired by the the WRX STI Nürburgring Challenge racecar, the WRX STI S209 looks the part with wider fenders, front canards and a large rear wing. Handling benefits from a revised chassis and suspension, a flexible strut tower bar and tensioned draw stiffeners, along with 19×9-inch forged BBS alloy wheels covered in sticky Dunlop SP Sport Maxx tires.
The Subaru WRX STI S209 will be available exclusively in the US market, and only 200 units will be manufactured. You will be able to choose from two color combinations: WR Blue Pearl with gray wheels and Crystal White Pearl with gold wheels.
New Lexus RC F Track Edition Joins 2020 RC F Lineup With Less Weight, More Performance
A track-focused version joins the updated RC F for 2020.
The new Supra was Toyota’s big debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, but luxury subsidiary Lexus tagged along to remind everybody that it already has a performance coupe, one with a V8 to play with.
The RC F has received some upgrades for 2020 model year, and to make it more compelling for sports car enthusiasts, Lexus has added a new Track Edition to the lineup for 2020. The so-called RC F Track Edition is a stripped-down, track-only spec model that benefits from more aggressive aerodynamic elements and a weight-reduction regime.
Like the regular RC coupe, all Lexus RC F models get new headlights, a restyled grille and new taillights. The 5.0L V8 has been caressed to squeeze out an extra five horsepower and 6 lb-ft. of torque, bringing the total to 472 horsepower and 395 lb-ft. The eight-speed automatic transmission carries over but now has a higher final drive ratio (3.13 vs 2.93).
With the RC F Track Edition, major panels like the roof and hood are carbon fiber, and the standard RC F’s rear seats have been replaced by a carbon fiber partition.
Engineers also equipped 19-inch BBS forged-alloy wheels, Brembo with lightweight carbon-ceramic brake rotors, and a titanium muffler and tail pipes. These lighter pieces come together to reduce the Track Edition’s weight by 176 pounds from the RC F, and Lexus estimates that using the standard launch control system propels it to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just under 4.0 seconds (3.96 seconds, to be exact).
Standard on even the stock RC F, the new electronic launch control automatically adjusts the traction and throttle control for maximum acceleration from a stop. All the driver has to do is press and hold the brake pedal, engage the system, floor the accelerator to bring up the engine speed, and release the brake.
To help the RC F Track Edition stand out, designers gave it a red leather interior with Alcantara seat accents and red carbon trim on the doors and dashboard. Only two exterior colors are available: Ultra White and Matte Nebula Gray.
Production of the updated Lexus RC F and RC F Track Edition begin in the second half of 2019. Pricing notwithstanding, do you feel compelled to buy one?
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