The rumor about the return of an F variant with the IS sedan is confirmed today as Lexus launches the IS 500 F Sport Performance. And, interestingly, the latter becomes the first in a new line of models taking the name of F Sport Performance.
The names revolving around the letter F are not new at Lexus while we are doing a little semantics here. We have already seen F models, pure sports powered by a V8 engine. There is always one in the catalog with the RC, by the way. Then, the F Sport options packages are available with many models, but they do not necessarily offer a much higher level of performance.
There, if you want, we rename the F series by F Sport Performance, because the LEXUS IS 500 2022 will be equipped with a V8 engine of 5 liters. And with 472 horsepower and 395 lb-ft of torque, performance will be at the heart of the experience. As for the mechanics, it is the same that we find with the RC F, power and torque included.
On the performance side, Lexus announces a 0-100 km / h time of 4.6 seconds, as well as an average consumption of 9.8 liters per 100 kilometers. To reach this rating, it will be necessary to avoid 0-100 sprints, we agree. Besides, the company promises a quadruple exhaust system sure to generate emotion.
An eight-speed automatic transmission will be in service with this model, the same that serves the rear-wheel-drive version IS 300. Riding modes and specific settings, in particular with the steering and the suspensory elements, will promote sport-oriented driving. The brakes, too, benefit from improvements, especially about their cooling, but also to their size; 14 inches in the front, 12.7 in the rear.
Aesthetically, elements will be used to differentiate the model. Lexus mentions having raised the hood by 50 mm while giving it more sculpted lines. The bumper and front fenders have been lengthened and widened respectively to make room for the V8 engine. 19-inch wheels signed Enkei add to the character of the model. Emphasis is also placed on black with, in particular, chrome window surrounds, as well as a rear spoiler adopting this color.
Onboard, we will recognize the environment, but some keys will also serve to make the experience more unique, especially at start-up with an animation exclusive to the LEXUS IS 500 2022.
LEXUS IS 500 2022 Price
Finally, in terms of security and connectivity, the offer will of course be complete. The car is expected in dealerships this fall and its price will be communicated to us at that time. To give you an idea, the RC F variant sells for around $ 88,000 and a Performance package is available for $ 11,000.