2022 Lexus IS 500 debuts with 5.0-liter V8 to take on the Germans
The 472 horsepower engine propels the performance sedan to 60 in 4.5 seconds
Lexus once again has a V8 to put in its IS sedan for the first time since 2014 to make the IS 500 F Sport Performance. This is the launch of the F Sport series for Lexus to complement F Performance series. That engine will produce 472 horsepower at 7100 RPM and 395 lb-ft of torque, more than enough to propel the car to 60 mph in under 4.5 seconds. Dual stacked rear exhausts give out that great sound.
Coupled with the 8-speed automatic, the only transmission on offer, Lexus estimates 24 mpg of fuel economy on average. Despite tipping the scales at 3,891 pounds, the nearly two-ton car has a variety has a variety of handling and suspension upgrades to keep performance up. That includes a Handling Kit with an adaptive suspension and limited-slip differential. There's also a performance rear damper from Yamaha.
Stopping the car are 14.0-inch front brakes and 12.7-inch rear brakes, up one inch from the outgoing IS 350 performance sedan. The included Lexus Safety System+ 2.5 adds on pedestrian detection, emergency steering assist, automatic high beams, and more.
The car gets a more aggressive look with a bulge on the hood. The fenders are also wider to fit 19-inch Enkei 10-spoke wheels. Inside gets more luxurious and sporty as well, with F Sport badges throughout. A heated steering wheel is standard equipment in addition to separate pedals for the car.
Pricing and final details will be announced closer to its launch this fall.