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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”


Japanese Car Auction Find – Toyota Mark X 350S GS

Posted by Stephen On Friday, September 12th, 2014

You may remember at the end of the last post when we looked at the new Toyota Mark X Yellow Label edition. You’ll also remember that while we pined over the electric yellow sports sedan, we also pointed out the fact that there will be no sales of this JDM car in the US or Europe.

But that’s not 100% true. You can always buy from Japan and have us export cars like the Mark X to your country. A quick search for the Toyota Mark X yielded 171 different results, ranging from the original 2004MY to a fresh-off-the-lot 2014 model. Today’s auction find falls a bit closer to the latter – it’s a 2013 Toyota Mark X 350S Gs. However, there is one trait in particular that sets of this car apart from the rest.

Can you see what it is?

2013 Toyota Mark X 350S GS front

I’ll give you a hint – look at the roof. You might be able to see it better from the rear:

2013 Toyota Mark X 350S GS rear

See it? For 2013, Toyota offered a Mark X 350S Gs Carbon Roof edition which features – you guessed it – a crisp, black carbon fiber roof. This not only looks sleek, but also increases the car’s efficiency by reducing the overall road weight. Toyota also added custom black 18” split-spoke alloys and a redesigned mesh grille to complement the car’s seamless roofline.

However, while the carbon fiber roof certainly distinguishes this Mark X from the rest, keep in mind that the 350S model was already top of the line. The “S package” available for the Mark X 250 and 350 adds a significant amount of sporty appeal to the premium sedan. Looking at the rearview image above, you’ll notice that the exterior features a slight rear spoiler, a rear diffuser and twin exhausts. Also, you wouldn’t know it without a reference, but the front and rear bumpers were re-sculpted for the S package models.

Under the hood, all Toyota Mark X 350S’s – with or without the Carbon Roof – run on the same engine as that found in the Lexus GS 350 and IS 350. However, Toyota’s in-house tuning firm Modellista added a custom supercharger to the 3.5L V6 to create the Mark X +M Super Charger. All told, the car outputs a hefty 355bhp and 367 lb-ft of torque.

2013 Toyota Mark X 350S GS interior

You can keep reading below to get a detailed translation of the auction sheet for this 2013 Toyota Mark X 350S GS, but I’ll tell you right now that this Japanese car auction find is at the perfect balance between pricing and quality. The exterior has an overall rating of 4.5 and the interior is graded a B. That being said, the image above shows you that this car is well-appointed with plenty of comfort and technology baked into the interior.

For more information, just keep reading below the auction sheet:

2013 Toyota Mark X 350S GS auction sheet

Here’s the translation:

“Interior B, first registered June 2013, DBA emissions code, 350G’s Carbon Roof model, FAT, AAC, gasoline engine, service book, original AWs, power steering, power windows, original TV, original navigation system, airbag, one owner, original body kit, original HDD navigation system TV and rear view reversing camera, half leather seats, smart key, RHD, 100-car limited edition model, HID headlights, LED fog lights, LED beam, spare key, cruise control, paddle shift, carbon fiber-effect panels, ceiling lining grime, interior trim grime, scratches on exterior paintwork, other marks as per map”