2022 Lexus IS 500 F Sport Performance is boasting a 5.0 litres V-8 engine and bodywork launching the brand’s F Sport sedan Performance line of more hardcore vehicles but not quite as mean as the full-fat F vehicles.
As the name implies, the IS 500 F Sport Performance packs a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 making 472 horsepower (352 kilowatts) at 7,100 rpm and 395 pound-feet (535.5 Newton-meters) of torque at 4,800 revs. The only gearbox option is an eight-speed automatic. The sedan can hit 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in 4.5 seconds. Lexus estimates 24 miles per gallon highway fuel economy.
That power is sent to the wheels through the same 8-speed automatic transmission as the less-powerful RWD members of the IS lineup.The sedan can hit 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in 4.5 seconds 0.4 seconds slower than the base M3 and two tenths slower than the RC F. Lexus estimates 24 miles per gallon highway fuel economy.
Furthermore, it will come standard with F Sport’s Dynamic Handling Package. That means adaptive variable suspension and steering designed specifically for linearity. Brake response was also one of Lexus’s priorities.
Helping slow things down are 14-inch two-piece aluminum disc brakes up front and 12.7-inch discs in the back. And to ensure that they perform as well as possible for as long as possible despite the added weight and power, Lexus has improved brake cooling over the IS 350 through aerodynamic optimization.
The brakes measure 14.0 inches in front and 12.7 inches at the back, versus 13.1 inches and 11.7 inches respectively for the IS 350 F Sport.
The wheels will be surrounded by 19-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels supplied by Enkei. These, says Lexus, are 1 pound lighter at the front and 2 lbs lighter at the rear than the IS 350 F Sport’s wheels.
Drivers will also be able to select between a number of drive modes. These include Sport S and Sport S+, which provide the most extreme engine and transmission mapping while adjusting the steering assist and damping force to deliver the sportiest driving experience possible. Lexus system can adjust things like the powertrain (Normal/Eco/Power), the chassis (Normal/Sport), and the air conditioner (Normal/Eco).
The 2022 Lexus IS 500 F Sport Performance goes on sale this fall. The company will announce pricing, options, and color choices closer to launch.