This was earlier today...I'm sure many are interested in this
Thought many here would enjoy these new comparison pics. It is very obvious in person how much more styled the IS is and its much sharper and edgy. The GS looks softer and rather sedate in comparison. Both have proper RWD proportions which I love and both are lowered (thanks RS*R).
We can all argue about the face. I expected to like the GS more, I actually like the white grill bar separating the "spindle" but the IS it works super well in person. The IS front end is not something flattering in photos, both cars look better in person. The separate LED in person also looks better, I didn't like it much in pics. The IS looks like a damn concept car up front.
The sides show the more styled IS vs the GS. The GS keeps its curved C-pillar its had since 1993. The IS actually offers a non hoff-meister kink which is REFRESHING, it seems all cars do it now. You can note the styled lower sills, a new Lexus cue it seems and replacing the chrome at the bottom. The IS has grown in size while the GS didn't grow in length so What was a 180 vs 190 is now 184 vs 190.
The rear also shows the difference, the IS gets a split down trunk which helps and the space is pretty good. The GS is bigger but doesn't drop down. The GS has the LS exhaust covers while the IS has a traditional exposed exhaust. Both have trunk hinges that cut into trunk room.
The interiors are both red but the GS is real leather to the IS Nu-Luxe. The Nu-Luxe is actually really good, everyone thought it was leather till I said something. However nothing like the real thing in the GS and its very high grade. Both interiors are very well put together.
Also the IS interior is more bright red to the GS which is more wine, "cabernet' is the perfect name for it. The GS interior is a clear step or two above in quality and the GS offers more features and tech. The IS interior isn't bad at all, but its entry level in some bits. The IS "LFA" gauge is maybe one of the coolest things in a car today but the GS gauges while traditional hold their own. The GS NAV screen is huge and makes the IS (or any car with a small screen) feel "old".
You can see the white differences with the IS 350 F-sport ultra white being specific to the F-sport, its very pure white but still has pearl in it. The GS is Starfire pearl which now looks more "pearl" compared to the more white IS.
Oh yeah the drive.....well more to come