Last week’s photo showed a rear corner of the 2013 Lexus GS 350, the redesigned midlevel sedan from Toyota’s luxury division. For a better photograph and a road test, see this week’s review.
Chosen randomly from the correct entries was the name Carolyn Ogles, of Augusta, who wrote: “Lexus dropped the previous V-8, and its hybrid is now the most powerful GS with 338 total horsepower, but the 400 extra pounds mean acceleration is really not better than the standard V-6.”
She wins a gift from The Augusta Chronicle. Several readers guessed other makes of car, but the readers who correctly identified the Lexus were:
AIKEN: Kevin Hooks
BELVEDERE: JoAnn Moody
CUMMING, GA.: Chris Rhodes wrote: “The vehicle shown is the 2013 Lexus GS 350. The GS platform is intended to compete head-to-head with BMW’s 5-series and Mercedes-Benz E-class vehicles. Built on a rear-wheel-drive chassis and powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 (hence the 350 portion of the alphanumeric name), the GS350 is the entry point for this model.
“Other iterations of the GS include an all-wheel-drive variant as well as a hybrid V-6-powered GS 450h and an ‘F-Sport’ model developed to compete with tuner models available from Lexus’ aforementioned German rivals.
“Like many manufacturers, Lexus is pursuing an overall reduction in mass for all of its models. Overall weight of the GS 350, for example, is down nearly 160 pounds compared with the 2012 model. These reductions came from many small changes. For example, Lexus even shaved the width of the hose clamps used within the engine compartment to save a few more grams of weight. Talk about the Pursuit of Perfection!”
EVANS: Wayne Wilke wrote: “It seems that this weekend they have bombarded the TV with new commercials for this car. It has a 3.5-liter, 306-horsepower engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. Lexus seems to be trumpeting it as sportier than most other Lexus models. The GS is priced in the middle between the ES and the LS sedans.”
Also, Jerry Paul.
MARTINEZ: Jeff Miller wrote: “If you’ve got $45,000 to $50,000 yearning to be spent, you can purchase this week’s What Is It? automobile – the 2013 Lexus GS 350. The GS 350 comes with a 3.5-liter (214-cubic-inch), 306-horsepower, 277 lb.-ft. of torque, DOHC 24 valve V-6.”
Also, Jim Muraski.