After a one-year absence, the Lexus GS 350 returns to the U.S. market for the 2013 model year. While that may be significant to buyers shopping for a mid-size luxury sedan, there’s news for driving enthusiasts as well: for 2013, Lexus has ventured into F Sport territory with the GS, and it's a worthwhile trip.
The F Sport Package is interesting for both what it serves up, and for what it doesn’t. Buyers get staggered 19-inch wheels, an F Sport tuned adaptive suspension with adjustable dampers, variable-ratio electronic steering, larger front brake rotors, Sport S+ mode for Lexus’ Drive Mode Select and an F Sport driver’s seat. What you don’t get is an increase in output from the GS 350’s 3.5-liter V-6, rated at 306 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque and mated only to a six-speed automatic transmission.
Sometimes, though, the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, and that’s certainly the case here. Rear-drive GS 350 F Sport models...