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Lexus GS350 F-Sport 2012 Review

We turn the spotlight on the car world's newest and brightest stars as we ask the questions to which you want the answers. But there's only one question that really needs answering -- would you buy one?

What is it?

This is the all singing, all dancing new generation medium large Lexus sedan that ushers in a raft of new technology as well as the new Lexus family look. We drove the GS350 F-Sport - about three from the top but unequivocally the best in the range.

How much?

Pricey at $99,400 but better value than before when comparing standard equipment levels and everything else.

What are competitors?

Numerous; BMW 5-Series, E-Class Benz, Audi A6, Jag XF, Infiniti M, HSV, FPV.

What's under the bonnet?

This one gets a naturally aspirated 3.5-litre petrol V6 with variable valve timing good for 233kW/378Nm output. It drives the rear wheels through a six-speed sports automatic transmission.

How does it go?

Really well, performance is not an issue at all because there's heaps of kick across a wide operating range. Puts away a 0-100kmh sprint in 6.0 flat. Excellent paddle shift, flat torque curve gives instant response.

Is it economical?

Not really at 9.7-litres/100km - premium preferred.

Is it green?

OK on the carbon dioxide, clever air-conditioning system. Should crack around three green stars.

Is it safe?

Full five star car with 10 air bags, dynamic safety systems and even driver assessment systems to make sure you are on the job and not goofing off.

Is it comfortable?

Super comfy even with the sporty flavour and adaptive suspension. Full array of goodies inside like premium audio, heated and cooled seats, premium satnav. But not as quiet and smooth as we can remember earlier mid-size Lexus models.

What's it like to drive?

Really liked driving this car for a whole range of reasons, not the least being the rear wheel steering system that transforms it into a super responsive sports sedan with possibly the smallest turning circle in the class.

F-Sport not only brings the look, it also brings the feel which is filtered through to the driver through the steering, (bigger) brakes, ride quality, transmission function.

Is it value for money?

One hundred grand - ouch. Good if it's a company car or in a "package" they all are.

Would we buy one?

See above. It is different, handsome, well equipped, crammed with goodies and technology, wonderful interior, super big touch/info screen. Sumptuous interior. Hmmmmm.

Lexus GS350 F-Sport

Price: from $99,400
Warranty: 4 years roadside assist, 100,00km
Weight: 1740kg
Engine: 3.5-litre 6-cyl, 233kW/378Nm
Transmission: 6-speed sports auto, RWD
Thirst: 9.7L/100Km, CO2 225g/km

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