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      04-13-2012, 04:01 PM   #67
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My wife and I drove a GS350 before we drove the '11 550 we bought. The Lexus interior is nice and I really liked the 12" nav screen, but on the test drive the Lexus just lacked the solid feel the BMW had and the engine really felt anemic. On the freeway doing about 70mph then nailing it, it just made more noise, kind of like a sewing machine, and then it finally started to take off, but not with any real urgency.

We then drove the BMW and there was no comparison, of course, this was a twin turbocharged V8 in comparison to a naturally aspirated V6, but the difference was vast. Where the Lexus felt light and tinny, the BMW felt solid and confident. And yes this car, even though it was used, was still another $8000 more than the new Lexus, but to me it was worth it. Plus with the M Sport package this car looks badass, and not like the Predator alien with its mask off.

Don't get me wrong, the Lexus GS350 is a good car, but to be competitive with the car they are using as a benchmark (BMW), they still have a ways to go.
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      04-16-2012, 05:51 PM   #68
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Everyone mentions that the A6 feels superior dynamic wise, but if we look at the latest Motor Trend test (A6,535i M-Sport, M37, and GS350) the 5 series beats the A6, including "better steering." Now I'm wondering if BMW changed the software for the steering in the F10.
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My wife and I drove a GS350 before we drove the '11 550 we bought. The Lexus interior is nice and I really liked the 12" nav screen, but on the test drive the Lexus just lacked the solid feel the BMW had and the engine really felt anemic. On the freeway doing about 70mph then nailing it, it just made more noise, kind of like a sewing machine, and then it finally started to take off, but not with any real urgency.

We then drove the BMW and there was no comparison, of course, this was a twin turbocharged V8 in comparison to a naturally aspirated V6, but the difference was vast. Where the Lexus felt light and tinny, the BMW felt solid and confident. And yes this car, even though it was used, was still another $8000 more than the new Lexus, but to me it was worth it. Plus with the M Sport package this car looks badass, and not like the Predator alien with its mask off.

Don't get me wrong, the Lexus GS350 is a good car, but to be competitive with the car they are using as a benchmark (BMW), they still have a ways to go.
Agree with you, but 535 would be a good match! 550 is a different animal...
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... but if we look at the latest Car and Driver test (A6,535i M-Sport, M37, and GS350) the 5 series beats the A6, including "better steering."
Is this in hard copy?
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Is this in hard copy?
Sorry I meant Motor Trend and I'm not if it's in hard copy or not but here is the link to the article.

http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/...luxury_sedans/
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