Lexus has finally revealed the secret V8 car it has been working. It’s not called IS F this time, though. All new for 2022, it is now called the IS 500 F Sport.
I have a problem with that name that I’ll get to in a moment. But if the specs are to be believed, it will be an interpreter for sure.
Coming this fall, the IS500 does not use turbos or superchargers like other automakers. Everything is natural at Lexus. Its naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 produces 472 horsepower and 395 pound-feet of torque. Note that this is the same V8 that is serviced on the RC F and LC coupe.
That power is directed to the rear wheels through the same eightautomatic speed found in basic IS models. Don’t worry though, it’s been tuned for performance. Lexus is claiming a 0-60 time of 4.5 seconds. You will get 24 mpg on the highway.
The changes below go a little fufurther away exchange with the components of the IS350 F Sport as a limited-slip differential and adaptive dampers. These are combined with a standard dynamic handling package that should make this fun orNorth winding roads. It’s weird, but you’d think Lexus would have put more effort into the engineering model.performance benefits specific to the IS500 rather than shared with a more basic model. The only parts that improve performance that appear to be exclusive to the IS500 are its largest brakes (14 inches front, 12.7 inches rear) and 19 inches Enkei wheels. Lexus says these wheels are lighter than the 350 F Sport.
It will be easy to know the difference between an IS500 and an IS350 abroad. Its bulging hood, Enkei wheels, rear spoiler and diffuser are model specific. And in a nod to the past, Lexus has brought back the IS F’s quad exhaust. However, it remains to be seen if they really are connected to something.
Within, the difference are subtle. The IS500 has a digital instrument cluster, bolstered sports seats, aluminum pedals, and a steering wheel with a small F Sport badge. No special embellishments, no contrasting stitching or anything special. Just looking at the interior, you can’t really tell that this is a performance model. There’s nor word on pricing yet
While it is a welcome addition, especially with a V8 engine, I have a problem with both the name and the mark F. This model solidifies that F as supportPerformance brand alone really isn’t a thing with Lexus. F came up as a performance answer to M, AMG, etc. Except nothing worth mentioning came out of it.
The IS F made headlines and then it was gone, the RC F is a dated artist (not a great artist when it debuted) and the GS F has been largely forgotten. Since then, the brand has been ado not showgo trim all the models in the Lexus line.
This new name in the SI implies that there is a standard IS500 and that this model is an F Sport version of that model. If F is not going to be a thing, Lexus has to come out and say it. Otherwise this IS500 should be interesting, especially with him perhaps being one of the last new V8 models before we get into our future EV.