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Lexus dropped a surprise today announcing pricing for the new 2013 GS350 will remain unchanged from the 2012 model. Despite all the changes that greatly improved the GS – read our extensive review here – the base price for the model will remain at $46,900.
Unfortunately Lexus didn’t announce a price for the GS 450h hybrid model, but they promised us that it’d be coming soon. The AWD GS 350 however will have a base price of $49,450 and both models can come as F Sport models or can be equipped with Premium or Luxury packages.
As a quick refresh, the new 2013 Lexus GS 350 comes with a 3.5L V6 with 306-hp while achieving 19/28/23-mpg for city/highway/combined. The powerplant is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with four driving modes: ECO, Normal, Sport S and Sport S+ (only available on F Sport model).
The Premium Package is priced at $1,400 and comes with rain-sensing wipers, heated and ventilated front seats, and power rear sunshade. The much more expensive Luxury Package comes in at $5,750 but includes Adaptable Variable Suspension, Adaptive Front Lighting, unique high gloss linear espresso wood accents, semi-aniline leather, 18-way power front driver and passenger seats with articulated back, side bolster and thigh support controls, four-way lumbar, butterfly headrests, driver and passenger seat memory, rear HVAC and audio controls, rear manual side sunshades, 18-inch wheels and wood and leather steering wheel.
Those seeking a sportier and more thrilling drive in their new luxury sedan can opt for the F Sport model, outfitting the GS with a sportier front bumper, rear lower valence, rear lip spoiler, unique mesh grille inserts and F Sport badging. The F Sport model is also the only GS model with 19-inch wheels and F Sport-tuned Adaptive Variable Suspension. Lastly, rear-wheel-drive F Sport models will have staggered wheels in the rear, Variable Gear Ratio Steering and new larger front brakes with high friction pads. The F Sport package is priced pretty competitively at $5,690.
An optional navigation system can be hand on all GS models for $1,735 featuring an industry-first 12.3-inch split-screen, high resolution display.
GALLERY: 2013 Lexus GS
Lexus will be bringing a fine collection of vehicles to this year’s SEMA Show, and AutoGuide has compiled a guide to all the ones we’re expecting to see. In addition to the previously mentioned GS 350 F-Sport, Lexus will also be showing off a custom GS F Sport and CT 200h by Five Axis, a custom IS 350C by VIP Auto Salon, a custom LX 570 by JT Grey Racing, while Lexus themselves will be bringing F Sport variants of their CT 200h, IS 350, and IS 250C models to go along with their IS F.
Starting with the pair of Five Axis projects, the GS F Sport by Five Axis will feature a Five Axis widebody conversion on a Glacier White GS350. The white exterior will further be accented with unique Slate Gray pieces, while the GS350 will be brought down to the show floor thanks to AirRunner’s TC-5 air suspension system. On all four corners will be Five:AD S5:F alloy wheels while Stoptech’s front and rear big brake kit will be concealed behind each wheel. Last but not least, a custom fabricated exhaust with dual finishers will be housed in the rear diffuser.
Turning our attention to the CT200h hybrid, Five Axis worked their magic with another custom widebody with a striking JDSU “Dark Passage” paint job. Suspension duties are handled by TEIN’s Flex coilover system while custom Five:AD wheels finish off the exterior. Braking performance is upgraded with Stoptech’s high performance big brake kit, featuring large 12-inch front rotors. The interior has been redone by Turinmodel, Inc. with uniquely appointed seats with laser-etched Ultrasuede EcoDesign inserts. The headliner also received a similar treatment with Ultrasuede EcoDesign upholstery.
Next on our list is a customized IS350C by VIP Auto Salon. The convertible coupe features a custom Chameleon paint by K&W while it gets a more aggressive stance thanks to F Sport springs and Bilstein shocks. Wheel upgrade comes in the form of 19-inch F Sport full-faced forged alloys while a Seibon carbon fiber hood round off the exterior modifications. A nice performance upgrade is courtesy of Power Enterprise’s Rotex supercharger by A’PEXi and VIP Auto Salon. The interior has been overhauled by Top Stitch with custom inserts while the fog lights received the HID treatment.
The custom LX 570 by JT Grey Racing was built to show off how capable, reliable and durable the Lexus LX 570 is. Custom King Road shocks were fitted onto the LX 570 along with 17-inch F Sport wheels paired with 37-inch BF Goodrich Baja TA race tires. The off-road race theme continues with 70-watt carbon fiber HID lighting and Sparco race seats in the interior.
All the F Sport vehicles Lexus will be bringing sport various F Sport modifications to their respective models, including wheels, suspension, and aerodynamic packages.
GALLERY: Lexus SEMA 2011 Cars
See AutoGuide’s complete 2011 SEMA Show preview here and look for complete coverage starting November 1st.
This probably shouldn’t come as a surprise, but photos of the newly restyled Lexus GS model have leaked ahead of its public debut at Pebble Beach’s Concours d’Elegance that happens this weekend. The photos come from China and if this does indeed turn out to be the new GS we get here, many will be disappointed, especially when we were treated to the LF-Gh Concept that really did a fine job blending futuristic styling with class and elegance. Instead the production model looks to be a lot more tame.
The leaked model looks to be a GS350 all-wheel-drive, which still leaves room for improvement with higher-grade trim levels. Look for official photos from Pebble Beach on Thursday.
GALLERY: 2012 Lexus GS Leak