Lexus has finally revealed the secret V8 car it has has worked with. It’s not called IS F this time, although. Everything new for 2022, it is now called IS 500 F Sport.
I have a problem with that name that I get into a bit. But If the specifications are to be adopted, it will be a practitioner.
Coming this fall, the IS500 does not use turbos or compressors like other car manufacturers. This is completely natural with Lexus. The naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 delivers 472 horsepower and 395 horsepower lb-ft of torque. Remember that this is the same V8 that sees duty in the RC F and LC coupe.
That force is applied to the rear wheels through the same eightspeed automatically found in the basic IS models. Do not worry, but it is set for performance. Lexus requires a 0-60 time of 4.5 seconds. It gets 24 mpg on the highway.
Changes below are a bit further, sharing with IS350 F Sport components as one limited-sliding differential and adaptive dampers. These are combined with a standard dynamic handling package that will make this thing fun on winding roads. It’s weird, but you think Lexus would have put more emphasis on engineering model-specific benefit allowances for the IS500 instead of having them shared with a more basic model. The only performance-enhancing chips which appears to be exclusive to the IS500 is its larger brakes (14 inches front, 12.7 inches rear) and 19-inch Enkei wheels. Lexus says that these wheels are lighter than those on the 350 F Sport.
It will be easy to see the difference between an IS500 and IS350 on the outside. The bolted hood, Enkei wheels, spoiler at the rear and diffuser are specific to the model. And in a nod to the past, Lexus has brought back IS F’s quad exhaust. It remains to be seen if they are actually connected to anything.
Inside, the differences are subtle. The IS500 gets a digital instrument cluster, reinforced sports seats, aluminum pedals and a steering wheel with a small F Sport mark on it. No special trim, or contrast stitching or anything else special. Just by looking at the interior, you can not completely tell that this is a performance model. It is no words about prices yet
While I am a welcome addition, especially with having a V8, I have a problem with both the name and the F mark. This model strengthens kind of F as a standPerformance alone is not really something with Lexus. F was created as a performance response to M, AMG, etc. Except that there was never anything worth mentioning.
IS F made headlines and then disappeared, RC F is a dated performer (was not much of a performer when it debuted), and GS F has been largely forgotten. The brand has since been afish no-go trim for all models in the Lexus series.
This new name of IS suggests it it is a standard IS500 and that this model is and F Sport verition of that model. If F is not going to be anything, Lexus has to come out and say that. Otherwise, this IS500 should be interesting, especially with it perhaps to be one of the latest V8 models before we enter our EV future.