2017 Lexus GS 350 F Sport Proves Cars Are Still Relevant…and Fun

Car sales are down – that fact is resonating across the automotive industry with each month’s sales figures, and luxury brands are no different. But that is not to say passenger cars are bad, in fact they are the best they have ever been, and this 2017 Lexus GS 350 F Sport is no exception.

2017 Lexus GS 350 F Sport Proves Cars Are Still Relevant...and Fun

2017 Lexus GS 350 F Sport/Images courtesy Lexus

The current Lexus GS luxury performance sedan is a little more than half way through its life cycle that we typically see for automobiles with the current platform arriving as a 2012 model. For 2016, Lexus gave the lineup some updated styling (including that big grin of a grille up front) while also adding the 200t turbocharged four-cylinder engine to the mix. For the 2017 model year they have upped the engine power of the GS 350 V-6 while also adding limited-slip rear differential and making the Lexus Safety System+ standard.

2017 Lexus GS 350 F Sport Proves Cars Are Still Relevant...and Fun

Our tester, as mentioned above, is the 2017 GS 350 F Sport rear-wheel drive sedan. It is powered by the Lexus 3.5-liter V-6 that now produces 311hp and 280 lb. ft. torque. All-wheel drive is available on the GS sedan but our tester featured RWD via eight-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. Lexus throws in the Drive Mode Select so drivers can operate the vehicle in Eco, Normal, Sport, or Sport+ modes. Yeah, my week was spent mainly in the last two drive modes. The GS 350 rides on front independent double-wishbone and independent rear multi-link suspension systems and yes, we did have the limited-slip rear diff.

2017 Lexus GS 350 F Sport Proves Cars Are Still Relevant...and Fun


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David Goodspeed

David was editor of AutoworldToday at Today Newspapers in the Dallas suburbs until its closing in 2009. He was also webmaster and photographer/videographer. He got started doing photography for the newspaper while working as a firefighter/paramedic in one of his towns, and began working for the newspaper group full-time in 1992.

David entered automotive journalism in 1998 and became AutoworldToday editor in 2002. On the average, he drives some 100 new vehicles each year. He enjoys the great outdoors and as an avid fly fisherman, as is his spouse Tish. He especially enjoys nature photography and is inspired by the works of Ansel Adams.