autoevolution poll: The Lexus GS's New Looks Will do Wonders

We were growing tired of endlessly talking about the radical design departure that Lexus was taking with the new GS, so we asked you, our loyal readers, if you thought the lines were good enough to revive interest and bring more clients to the luxury sedan.

A week has passed since then, and we can wholeheartedly say that they will. How so? Well, 61 percent of you were largely impressed with the design, some even going as far as to call it more youthful. A further 25 percent want more power and on-road aggression from a car that looks like it’s vacuuming the road... which we agree with.

Only 13 percent wanted the old, more grown up design to stay. That isn’t a big number considering changes and controversy go hand in hand.

We’ll remind you that the 2013 Lexus represents Toyota’s bid to take back what it’s losing to BMW and Mercedes by creating a driver-focused mid-sizer aimed to please hearts and minds.

The chassis is new, the design is great and the 3.5-liter V6 in the 350 kicks out 306 horsepower, which is enough for a 0-60 mph time of 5.7 seconds and a run from 30 to 50 mph in three seconds flat.

Lexus’ idea of a Sport button comes in the form of a dial with three selectable driving modes, from sporty to ecological.

The Japanese brand even managed to keep the dimensions almost exactly the same as the outgoing model and overall curb weight is down, all while creating more room inside. Speaking of which, the interior shows a more driver-oriented focus, with all the buttons closer to hand.
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About the author: Mihnea Radu
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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