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Japanese Car Auction Find – 2012 Lexus GS350 F Sport

Posted by Stephen On Thursday, January 15th, 2015

With the unveiling of the new Lexus GS F high-performance supercar at this week’s 2015 Detroit Motor Show, we thought it would be a great time to showcase a regular Lexus GS up for auction in Japan.

Today’s Japanese car auction find is a 2012 Lexus GS 350 F Sport. Not to be confused with the new Lexus GS F, you can tell this is a normal GS by the number ‘350’ coming before the F instead of after, and by the extra ‘Sport’ delineation.

2012 Lexus GS350 F Sport

This is actually the only fourth-generation GS sedan up for auction in Japan at the time of this writing. The fourth-generation GS, which debuted in 2011 and went on sale in January of 2012 as a 2012MY, was a particularly important one for the Lexus GS sedan. That’s because this generation was when Lexus was overhauling their entire lineup’s design language, the distinguishing feature of which is the pinched spindle grille that so characteristically defines the Lexus we know today.

As an F Sport variant of the Lexus GS, the car you see here showcases a sharper exterior than what you’d get out of the standard GS models. You have a more aggressive front fascia with a lowered bumper and an extra mesh grille insert below the standard pinched grille. You’ll also notice 19-inch F Sport chrome alloy wheels of a distinctly darker shade than the unpainted aluminum in the standard GS. The changes to the rear are more limited, with the most noticeable difference being the rear spoiler sculpted into the trunk. This particular model also has a sun roof for that natural interior lighting.

2012 Lexus GS350 F Sport auction find

However, the biggest difference between the standard Lexus GS and the Lexus GS F Sport that you see here isn’t in the exterior styling… It’s in the tuning and driving dynamics. To start with, the F Sport comes with a performance-tuned suspension similar to that of the Lexus GS Luxury package. The cool thing about this is that it can be varied depending on the type of performance you want in the moment; Normal mode is a great fit for daily city driving, but Sport and Sport+ modes stiffen the suspension for more aggressive cornering and an overall more engaging drive. The F Sport also offers stronger brakes to handle that extra performance, which allows you to use the 3.5L engine to its fullest 306hp potential.

Oh, and we almost forgot to mention the rear-wheel-steering-system that defines the GS F Sport’s driving dynamics. This system adds extra turning capabilities to the rear wheels, which admittedly takes some getting used to because it makes the steering MUCH more responsive. But, once you do become accustomed to it, you’ll enjoy the light steering and the extremely tight cornering and turning circle the F Sport model is capable of.

2012 Lexus GS350 F Sport interior

Moving inside, the Lexus GS F Sport exhibits the definition of a luxury interior, as you’d expect from a Lexus. You’ll get special F Sport front seats with adjustable side bolsters, so you can keep the seating as “grippy” as you’d like it to be. It also gets a specially sculpted steering wheel to make it feel more natural in your hands. And of course, you can see in the image above that there are a plethora of tech. amenities inside the cabin, including a truly massive 12.3 inch widescreen dashboard display with split-view capabilities and the Lexus Remote Touch mouse controller system, which is much easier to use while you’re driving than a standard touchscreen device.

Other amenities include Lexus’ trademark S-FLOW system, which sends air only where needed to enhance comfort levels and improve fuel efficiency. You’ll also enjoy a Mark Levinson surround sound system, 10-way adjustable power seats, and safety features like blind spot monitoring and lane keep assist.

All in all, this is an incredible Japanese car auction find that proves the quality of cars to be found in our Integrity Exports auction database. If you’d like to learn more about this particular model, get a full translation of the auction sheet below:

2012 Lexus GS350 F Sport auction sheet

“Interior A, first registered February 2012, GS350 F Sport model, AT, AC, service book, power steering, sunroof, original AWs, power windows, leather, original TV, original navigation system, airbag, DBA emissions code, seats have minor wrinkles, front windscreen stone scratches, stone scratches at front of car, other marks as per map”


Lexus GS 450h F Sport & Possible Lexus GS F Coming Soon

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Today we have two sizable pieces of Lexus news to cover. One of them is official while the other is a little less guaranteed. We have a lot to get through, so we won’t waste too much time on an introduction.

Lexus GS 450h F Sport Coming in 2015

2014 Lexus GS 450h

2014 Lexus GS 450h

The Lexus GS 450h has always been marketed as one of the few truly high-performance hybrids. With 338hp and a 0 to 60 time of just a hair over 5 seconds, it’s fair to say that the GS 450h already delivers on the performance front. Now, Lexus wants to improve the hybrid sedan’s upmarket appeal with the addition of 18-inch split five-spoke alloys as standard.

However, that’s just the beginning. Lexus will also introduce an F Sport package for the hybrid sports car.

The Lexus GS 450h F Sport will get upgraded 19-inch staggered-width alloys, a refined mesh grille, a rear lip spoiler and a new rear lower valance. Inside, the F Sport increases premium appeal with perforated leather trim and innovative 16-way adjustable sport seating with subtle aluminum trim along the pedals and door.

Under the hood, the Lexus GS 450h F Sport will get improved Adaptive Variable Suspension with larger front brakes and high-friction brake pads which, when combined with the Sport S+ Mode, allow for sharper, more agile driving.

Lexus GS F Coming in 2016

2015 Lexus RC F Coupe

You’ve probably already heard about the new Lexus RC F coupe (above) which will arrive later this year at a dealership near you. When it does, it’ll join the Lexus IS F and the Lexus LFA as the only Lexus models under the F marque. However, a recent report from Autocar.co.uk suggests that a fourth vehicle will soon join the lineup.

That car will be the Lexus GS F.

Early reports suggest that the new Lexus GS F would ride on a slightly modified version of the RC F’s chassis. It’ll also likely share the coupe’s 5.0L V8 engine and eight-speed ZF automatic transmission, paired up with a Torsen differential to deliver power to the wheels. However, Autocar suspects that the engine will be tuned even more powerfully than the RC F, perhaps generating as much as 500bhp and 400 lb-ft of torque. Taken together, all this equates to a 0 to 60 time around 4.5 seconds and a top speed over 170mph.

Unfortunately, all of this information is taken from an unnamed source, so it’s up to you how seriously you take this particular bit of news. Either way, there’s no denying that a Lexus GS F would be a great addition to the lineup, so we’ll optimistically hope that a production model confirms this rumor at an upcoming auto show.