Lexus IS 500

Meet the 472 HP Lexus IS 500 F Sport Performance

Son of a bitch, they did it! That was my first thought when the Twittersphere launched word that Lexus has stuffed a 5.0L V8 into the Lexus IS. You’ll notice immediately that this is not a new IS F, but it does have the same naturally aspirated V8 that you’ll find in the RC F. With a maximum output of 472 horsepower at 7,100 rpm and 395 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 4,800 rpm, they’re bringing some serious thunder.

Lexus IS 500

Thankfully, weight isn’t dramatically up on the RWD coupe. Lexus claims the new car only gains 143 pounds over the V6 IS, for a total of 3,891 pounds. You’ll only get a chance to click through an 8-speed transmission, but I can say that in Sport+, the RC F is still a blast to drive using the auto. It blips and burbles its way to massive entertainment. The IS 500 uses the same limited-slip diff and adaptive dampers found as optional extras on the current IS350 F Sport. So we’ll have to see if this concoction is as much fun to drive as it looks like on paper. The promo video features lots of sideways drifty action.

Lexus IS 500

Lexus cites 4.5 seconds to sixty, which based on power and weight sounds fairly accurate. By comparison, my new Mustang GT is a bit quicker and has 460 horsepower but clocks in at 3,705 pounds. So the Lexus carries roughly an adult male’s difference in weight and delivers a dozen more horsepower (but fewer torques with 395 lb.-ft. vs. the GT’s 420 lb.-ft). So we’ll see how accurate that is. Regardless, the new Lexus IS 500 F Sport Performance is coming this fall as a 2022 model. We can’t wait to drive it, so stay tuned. In the meantime, here are some more glamour shots. Take a look at the hood bulge, quad exhaust, and 19-inch split-10-spoke Enkei wheels.

IS 500 Press Release and Launch Site.

Lexus IS 500

Lexus IS 500

Lexus IS 500

Lexus IS 500

Lexus IS 500

Lexus IS 500

 

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9 responses to “Meet the 472 HP Lexus IS 500 F Sport Performance”

  1. Maymar Avatar

    I’d say it’s weird how stealthily Toyota became one of the more enthusiast-friendly OEM’s, except we’ve got Akio in our corner. This looks fantastic.

    1. William Byrd Avatar

      Don’t sleep on Acura either, they’re a tad behind but catching up quickly.

  2. Zentropy Avatar

    V8, RWD? Sure, I’m game. I figure I could come up with something to put in that giant empty hole up front. Lexus styling continues to be a mixed bag, as this one is pretty clean out back.

    1. William Byrd Avatar

      There’s such a lack of VW RWD sedan options out there, I don’t even notice the front design at this point. haha Plus the RC F drives so well, this has to be a hoot.

  3. outback_ute Avatar

    I wonder why they did a 500 F Sport and not an ISF? The bonnet bulge looks a lot better than the ISF one, and very similar to the 2003-07 FPV GT’s

    1. William Byrd Avatar

      Our take is that an actual IS F is coming, or it at least leaves the door open for one. This uses the IS350 F Sport suspension, which is good, but could be better. Add a bit more aggressive looks and a power bump to an even 500 and you’ve got an IS F!

  4. Sjalabais Avatar

    Park this next to a Honda Civic and see a yo-yo-bro-conversation taken to the next level. I love the concept, the tech, and would probably prefer the way it drives, but choosing between this and a 2014 Lexus LS600h, I wouldn’t look twice at this randomized design.

    1. William Byrd Avatar

      Wait, you’re saying this is more “yo-yo-bro” compared to a Civic or the other way round? I think it’s a bit too understated compared to some of the competition. I actually used the Civic example yesterday, noting that this disappear parked beside a Type R (which is good in this case).

      1. Sjalabais Avatar

        I think they’re pretty much on par, given the different clientele and price bracket. Over the last decade, I have come to realize that I would be a horrible auto executive, as I seemingly don’t understand what “the masses” want. But I think this Lexus is beyond busy, and into messy-territory. It might attract a younger crowd, but leaves me sceptical.

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