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by Tim Beissmann

The 2012 Lexus GS 350 F Sport has made a surprise first appearance at the Johannesburg International Motor Show in South Africa around three weeks out from its official debut at the 2011 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

Lexus is saving the details of the GS 350 F Sport for its appearance at SEMA, but it is clear from these exterior pictures the new model will exude a more menacing presence than the standard GS 350.

The usual F Sport upgrades are evident: larger 19-inch grey alloy wheels, mesh grille, remodelled front bumper and side air intakes, and larger sports brakes.

Like its F Sport siblings, expect the GS 350 F Sport to benefit from a performance-focused adaptive suspension setup, and sporty trim upgrades in the cabin.

Although its performance data is still to be confirmed, the GS 350 F Sport will almost certainly carry over the standard car’s 3.5-litre all-alloy V6 engine, which produces 223kW of power and 376Nm of torque, leading to an estimated 0-100km/h sprint time of 5.7 seconds.

Earlier this year, Lexus Australia CEO Tony Cramb said the F Sport was likely to arrive in local showrooms alongside the standard GS 350 in around May/June 2012.

The Lexus GS 450h hybrid will follow a few months later in the second half of next year.

Stay tuned for the full details of the 2012 Lexus GS 350 F Sport over the coming weeks.




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