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Road Tested: Lexus GS350 F-Sport and GS450h

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Photos courtesy of respective manufacturers.

For the past few model cycles, Lexus has made a push to revitalize its image with enthusiast shoppers. Like the folks at Cadillac, the Lexus marketing team likely sees sportiness as a means to attract affluent young buyers away from BMW and Audi. How effective that strategy is, I can’t really say, but if it means Lexus continues to build cars like the refreshed Lexus IS-F, then I think the real winner is the enthusiast buyer.

In this piece, we’re going to look at two flavors of the midsized Lexus: The GS350 F-Sport and the GS450h. If we’re going to evaluate the GS properly, we need to answer three big questions. First: In a vacuum, is it fun to drive? Second: Does it sacrifice luxury in the name of sporty driving? And third: How does it compare to its peers, specifically with its closest analog at Infiniti? Let’s get started.

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2013 NAIAS – All-New 2014 Lexus IS

2014 Lexus IS F-Sport

 

Source: Lexus USA

The all-new 2014 Lexus IS compact sport sedan will make its world debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Jan. 15, 2013.

The all-new IS model range will include IS 250, IS 350, and the first IS to feature Lexus Hybrid Drive, the IS 300h, which will be available in Europe, Japan and other international markets. F SPORT models will be available across the full range.

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Thrifty Thrust — Lexus CT200h vs. Kia Optima Hybrid vs. Infiniti M35h

Photos courtesy of Infiniti, Lexus and Kia media relations.

It’s hard to believe that more than ten years have passed since the introduction of the Prius–a car which either revolutionized the vehicular landscape for the better or, alternatively, represented the beginning of the end for automotive enthusiasm, depending on who you ask. Over the past decade, hybrids have made their way into just about every segment, and while production hybrid sports cars aren’t quite here yet, several manufacturers have tested the waters of marketing hybrid vehicles to the enthusiast crowd. Honda did it first with the Accord Hybrid back in 2005, if you’ll recall, and the result wasn’t pretty. While very few critics disliked it, it was outwardly identical to regular Accord, and boasted a heavier, more complicated, more expensive powertrain that returned only marginally better gas mileage than the V6 on which it was based. Oh, and the engine interacted with the stereo. That was kind of a big deal back then, though if you lurk on any BMW-friendly message boards, you know it’s still kind of a big deal now.

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Lexus LF-LC Concept to Debut At 2012 Detroit Auto Show

Lexus has released two additional images of their LF-LC Concept which will make it’s world debut at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit next week.  Created by Lexus’ Calty design studio, the 2+2 LF-LC concept could be a look into the future of a successor to the Lexus SC.

Stay tuned for full coverage from the 2012 NAIAS coming live from the show floor next week!

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SSL Track Tested: 2011 Lexus IS F

Photography: Chase Adams and Nicole Gagnon

When Lexus first introduced the IS F in the United States in early 2008, I was participating in a discussion of the results of one of its early comparison tests. One particularly stalwart BMW fan thought the idea of a track-ready Lexus sport sedan to be absolutely ludicrous.  When others pointed out the obvious, that German sport sedans were a staple of track events everywhere, he scoffed at the notion of the Lexus gaining acceptance. “What would happen if somebody showed up in one?” somebody eventually asked. “People would point and laugh,” he declared. As if it were obvious, you know?

Three years later, Lexus saw fit to loan us a 2011 IS F so we could find out just how accurate our bimmer-banging buddy might be. As it turns out, he was partly right. Plenty of people were pointing. I, on the other hand, was the only one laughing.

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May/June preview: SSL hits the road and track.

SSL and TTAC will be at Summit Point Motorsports Park this weekend with a Lexus IS-F and an Ford Mustang V6 Allstate Edition. Look for some track test results in the coming weeks, along with a road test of the slightly warmed over 2011 Nissan 370Z, a look at Chrysler’s refreshed Jeep Wrangler, and some comparison tests featuring the latest cross-overs from Ford and Chrysler.

Happy spring, everybody.