Returning to these pages is the formidable new Audi midliner, already the unofficial ruler of the group based on its performance in its first road test [October 2011], plus the achievements of its predecessor, which prevailed against much newer cars, including the latest BMW 5-series, in a pair of comparos [September 2009 and August 2010].
On the opposite side of fortune’s wheel, the 2013 GS350 is fresh from a near-death experience. After years of anemic sales stretching over three generations, Lexus was about to pull the plug on this ailing member of the tribe. But passionate supporters inside Toyota’s North American operations made a case for another chance.
Ever since 1993, the GS has struggled to walk the luxury-sports-sedan tightrope. But there’s nothing like looking into an open grave to sharpen one’s sense of purpose.