On the performance front Lexus has really stepped up to the plate, and the GS 350 has none of the stodginess hitherto associated with executive performance vehicles. Its sporty V6 engine is one of the most powerful in its class, the 0-60 figures are up there with the benchmark – and chief rival – BMW 5-Series, and the ride is incredibly smooth; no matter how hard to throw the chassis around in the curves.
One issue with the GS 350’s handling is its slightly sterile feel and feedback. Although perfect for cruising in complete comfort, the urgency and thrill of a thoroughbred sportscar is lacking when you push the GS 350. However the majority of GS 350 buyers are unlikely to speed-junkies and so the ongoing handling criticism leveled at the GS 350 is unlikely to perturb its core audience.