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2022 Lexus IS 500 F SPORT Performance

Getting bored of the same old German cars? The best of Lexus’ performance is here in the form of the IS 500 F Sport Performance

The IS family already has a 5.0-liter V-8 stuffed into the regular 500, which turned out to be a fire-breathing performer. But the missing F Sport Performance makes its way to the U.S. market and will sport the same V-8 engine but will be sportier, feature better luxury, and will be priced at $56,500 for the base trim.

  • 2022 Lexus IS 500 F SPORT Performance
  • Year:
    2022
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  • Engine:
    V8
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    472
  • Torque @ RPM:
    395
  • Displacement:
    5.0 L
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Same Old Performance, But Enhanced Thrill.

2022 Lexus IS 500 F SPORT Performance Drivetrain Wallpaper quality
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Using decade-old engines is quite the thing for Lexus. The 5.0-liter naturally aspirated V-8 powering the new IS 500 F Sport Performance was introduced with the 2011 IS F and now powers the RC F and LC 500. Over the years, Lexus has tweaked the engine to the point that it now puts out 472 horsepower and 395 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent through an eight-speed automatic transmission, and rear-wheel drive is standard. Lexus claims that the estimated EPA rating would be somewhere around 25 miles per gallon on the highways which is not bad at all.

As for the competition, the BMW M3, Audi RS5 Sportback, and the Mercedes-AMG C63 sport turbo-boosted six-cylinders that offer better lower-end torque and come to life within a snap. Meanwhile, the naturally aspirated V-8 inside the IS 500 F Sport Performance sounds raspier and is more powerful compared to the Germans and revs high up to 7,300 RPM. The performance harnessed from the engine does not make it particularly slow and the power delivery is linear. Car And Driver tested the new 500 F Sport Performance and reported a knot to 60 timing of 4.3 seconds and a standing quarter-mile timing of 12.8 seconds.

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A new addition to the handling side of things is the Dynamic Handling package that comes as standard with the new IS 500 F Sport Performance. The package includes an adaptive dampening system with Yamaha performance dampers and Torsen rear limited-slip differential. Driving in the most comfortable driving mode will soften the suspension for gentle highway drives and can handle quite a few rough patches without any major discomfort. Going around twisties? Turn on the Sport or Sport+ mode and the suspension will harden enough to give you the utmost stability while cornering. The steering feels generally like the that of the standard IS 500 and offers decent feedback. The new four-piston calipers with twin aluminum 14.0-inch front rotors and single 12.7-inch rear rotors offer a better braking feel and performance over the smaller brake rotors of the IS 350 F Sport. The pedal has been tweaked for better feedback while getting on the brakes hard.

2022 Lexus IS 500 F Sport Performance Powertrain, Real-World and Braking Performance Stats
Model 2022 Lexus IS 500 F Sport Performance
Engine 5.0-liter Naturally Aspirated V-8
Drivetrain RWD
Transmission 8-speed shiftable automatic
Power  472 HP @ 7,100 RPM
Torque  395 lb-ft @ 4,800 RPM
0-60 MPH (seconds) 4.3
Quarter-Mile (seconds) 12.8
Top Speed (MPH) 149
Front Brake Rotor Size (inches) 14.0
Rear Brake Rotor Size (inches) 12.7
70-0 (MPH) 159

Trims, Features, and Pricing.

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The new IS 500 F Sport is available in three trims: Base, Premium, and Launch Edition. At a starting price of $56,500, the features packed are quite good. A few of them are as follows:

  • A 5.0-liter V-8 with rear-wheel drive.
  • Torsen rear limited-slip differential.
  • F Sport tuned adaptive suspension.
  • Quad exhaust tips.
  • F Sport power-adjustable and heated front seats.
  • F Sport leather-wrapped steering wheel with heating functions.
  • Performance-inspired 7.0-inch driver information display.
  • 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment display.

The Premium trim is priced at $61,000 which is quite a big jump but offers added features like:

  • 10.3-inch touchscreen display.
  • 17-speaker Mark Levinson premium audio unit.
  • Navigation system.
  • Panoramic view monitor.
  • Triple LED headlights.
  • Rear power sunshade.
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The last and the priciest of the three, the Launch Edition, will be limited to 500 units for North America and is priced at $67,400. The available features are as follows:

  • Unique Silver Ash interior wood trim.
  • Bespoke Incognito exterior color.
  • Bespoke Black and Gray Ultrasuede trimmed door panels, center console, dash, and seats.
  • Launch Edition badging.
  • Launch Edition exclusive startup animation in the driver information display.

Exterior Impressions.

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Looking similar to the standard IS, the 500 F Sport Performance is a little sportier. The headlamp design remains the same as are the L-shaped LED DRLs. The front gets a lip spoiler with more intake vents for better aerodynamics. The hourglass-shaped intake grille gets a blacked-out treatment and is curvier. The big noticeable difference is the bulged-out hood with aggressive cuts to make space for the big 5.0-liter engine. The rear gets L-shaped LED brake lights that run through the middle to meet the other end. The rear spoiler is an addition to the F Sport Performance and so are the quad exhaust outlets covered in chrome. A set of 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels come fitted as standard. All these give the 500 F Sport Performance more of a muscle car look disguised as a sports sedan.

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In terms of the overall dimensions, it is a few inches longer than the regular IS with 187.3 inches in length, sitting on a 110.2 inches long wheelbase. It stands at 56.5 inches tall and 72.4 inches wide like the regular IS and the ground clearance is yet to be disclosed. In terms of curb weight, it is heaviest in the IS group at 3,969 pounds.

2022 Lexus IS F Sport Performance Exterior Dimensions
Model 2022 Lexus IS 500 F Sport Performance
Curb Weight (lb) 3,969
Length (inches) 187.3
Width (inches) 72.4
Height (inches) 56.5
Ground Clearance (inches) TBD
Wheelbase (inches) 110.2

Sophisticated But Impractical Interior.

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The Lexus-built interior is always a step above the normal and have been like that for a long time. The new 2022 IS 500 F Sport Performance gets even better treatment compared to regular Lexus engineering. Sitting on the driver seat will give you the amazing dashboard view that holds a big 8.0-inch touchscreen display and the 7.0-inch Lexus-styled driver information display that has moving bezels. The Launch Edition will be sporting wood and Ultrasuede trims on the dash, door panels, and seats for added opulence.

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As standard, the IS 500 F Sport comes with a a perforated leather steering wheel. Like the other F Sport trims, the IS 500 gets sports seats in the front with power-adjustability and multi-level heating options. The rear gets adequately squishy seats but the spaciousness is not that great. Just about 32 inches of legroom means, taller people might be a bit uncomfortable. The front is spacious because of the driver-focused cabin architecture with a massive 44.8 inches of legroom. Trunk space of only 10.8 cubic feet is available and that restricts carrying a desirable amount of luggage when you are traveling long distances. A few of the standout interior features of the upcoming 2022 Lexus IS 500 F Sport Performance are:

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control.
  • Leather-covered steering wheel with heating options.
  • A 7.0-inch driver information display.
  • Ultrasuede trims on the seats, dashboard, door panels, and center console.
  • Keyless ignition.
  • Heated and ventilated front sports seats.
  • Rearview camera.
2022 Lexus IS 500 F Sport Performance Interior Dimensions
Model 2022 Lexus IS 500 F Sport Performance
Seating Capacity 5
Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches) 38.2/55.9/44.8
Second Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches) 36.9/53.4/32.2
Cargo Capacity (lb) 10.8
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The infotainment system has been upated to include a touch-sensitive high-resolution 8.0-inch screen which was previously being controlled with the help of a laptop-style touchpad. The Lexus Enform interface is not fully optimized for the new touchscreen display but it’s better late than never. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay can make things easier with seamless connectivity. Amazon Alexa is available as standard. A few of the important infotainment features of the new IS 500 F Sport Performance are as follows:

  • 8 or 10.3-inch touchscreen display with Lexus Enform.
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with Amazon Alexa compatibility.
  • 10-speaker Pioneer audio unit.
  • 17-speaker Mark Levinson premium audio experience. (Standard on higher trims)
  • Bluetooth and USB connectivity.
  • Active sound control.
  • Satellite radio.
  • Navigation services. (Standard no higher trims)

Onboard Safety Convenience.

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With scoring a 5-star rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and bagging the “Top Safety Pick+” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the 2021 Lexus IS is one of the best options in terms of safety ratings and is even better than a few of the German competitors. The new IS 500 F Sport Performance is expected to be rated similarly with maxed-out scores with the new Safety System+ 2.5 which will add pedestrian and cyclist detection along with adaptive cruise control. A few of the important safety features available with the 2022 Lexus IS 500 F Sport Performance are as follows:

  • Lane-departure warning.
  • Blindspot monitoring.
  • Lane-keeping assist.
  • Pedestrian and cyclist detection.
  • Automated emergency braking.
  • Adaptive cruise control.
  • Blindspot monitoring.
  • Pre and post-collision safety system.

Will It Be Wise To Choose The New 2022 Lexus IS 500 F Sport Performance Over the Competition?

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The new IS 500 F Sport Performance could be a gamechanger if it evolves with updates and fixes in the future. We would say that it is modern and tech-savvy on the outside but old-school on the inside. The V-8 offers best-in-class power figures but has a wider playground for its 472 horses compared to the torquey rivals. That makes it linear in terms of power delivery and that raspy exhaust note clearly wins. Lexus has been a very reliable company and has gained to be a very reliable brand with 82 out of 100 by the J.D. Power.

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The 2021 Lexus IS launched with a slew of design and handling enhancements, making it the best IS to date. It was also designed with the Lexus Driving Signature philosophy under rigorous testing and evaluation at Toyota Technical Center Shimoyama. For many, the front-engine rear-wheel-drive compact sports sedan struck the perfect balance between sportiness and sophistication. However, there is a subset of Lexus guests that represent our most passionate driving enthusiasts, and we heard their message loud and clear: More Power.

Enter the first-ever Lexus IS 500 F SPORT Performance, which dials up the sports sedan formula to 11 with the addition of a powerful 472-horsepower naturally aspirated V8 engine and ferocious quad exhaust system. It expands the IS family and ushers in a new era of F SPORT Performance models that will appeal to passionate driving enthusiasts that crave higher levels of performance over the standard F SPORT Design and Handling models.

The 2022 IS 500 will have a starting MSRP of $56,500, making it highly competitive within the mid-performance segment. The starting price of the of the IS 500 Premium is $61,000, offering customers the same high-output powertrain, with the addition of convenience features like Mark Levinson 17-speaker Premium Surround Sound Audio System, navigation system, panoramic view monitor, triple beam LED headlights and power rear sunshade. The IS 500 Launch Edition will be limited to just 500 units in North America and will have an MSRP of $67,400. The new 2022 IS 500 is expected to arrive in dealerships later this fall.

A Rare Breed: Lexus F SPORT Performance Line

As the first model in the new Lexus F SPORT Performance line, the IS 500 engine provides a boost in displacement and performance over the IS 350’s 3.5-liter V6. With a push of the engine start button, its naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 engine roars to life, providing a not-so-subtle reminder that something special lies beneath its raised hood. The IS 500 has a maximum output of 472 horsepower at 7,100 rpm and 395 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 4,800 rpm. Despite the drastically more powerful engine, the vehicle tips the scales at 3,891 pounds, gaining only 143 pounds of additional curb weight over the standard IS 350 F SPORT. The IS 500 delivers a 0-to-60 mph time of 4.4 seconds according to AMCI testing and has an EPA-estimated 25 mpg highway rating. Other IS 500 performance enhancements include a throaty quad exhaust system with dual stacked tail pipes that perfectly amplify the new V8 engine. This exhaust not only sounds ferocious, but is inspired by F models, like the RC F.

IS 500 uses the same eight-speed Sport Direct Shift automatic transmission with lockup torque converter found in the RC F. It also features drive mode select Sport S and Sport S+ found in the IS 350 F SPORT, which provides advanced engine and transmission mapping to enhance performance. In addition, Sport S+ adjusts the amount of EPS steering assist and damping force to deliver sportier handling to match the updated powertrain settings. Custom Mode is also available, offering multiple combinations for powertrain (Normal/Eco/Power), chassis (Normal/Sport) and air conditioner (Normal/Eco).

Starting with the 2022 IS 500, Lexus F SPORT Performance models will come adorned with unique black badging on the sides to distinguish it from F SPORT models.

Building on Lexus Driving Signature

The 2021 IS launched an era of vehicles developed at Toyota Technical Center Shimoyama with a uniform Lexus Driving Signature. Since Lexus launched, the tactile feel, behavior and execution for each model has been driven by the vision and efforts of the Chief Engineer (CE).

Lexus Driving Signature is a key pillar of Next Chapter and represents a fundamental shift in our product development process and culture. Moving forward, the efforts of the CE will be focused on elevating the vehicles to a new standard of performance and handling as developed by Lexus International President and Chief Branding Officer Koji Sato and Master Driver and Brand Holder Akio Toyoda. The ultimate goal is to deliver a new generation of Lexus vehicles that are designed with a shared brand identity that includes responsive and linear control; exceptional handling, grip and confidence; and refined ride quality and quietness. These elements will be realized through rigorous testing and evaluation at the Toyota Technical Center Shimoyama.

The all-new IS 500 builds on the improvements made to the 2021 IS with a focus on delivering confidence and a linear connection between driver and vehicle. The IS 500 will come standard with the IS RWD F SPORT’s Dynamic Handling Package (DHP), which includes Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) and a Torsen® Limited Slip Differential (LSD) that improves handling and performance thanks to enhanced traction when cornering or exiting turns. The LSD helps maintain straight-line stability as well. Engineers have also improved the IS chassis performance with the addition of a Yamaha® Rear Performance Damper. This damper reduces dynamic structural distortion, delivering increased comfort at low speeds, and additional stability and agility at high speeds. Brake cooling enhancements have also been made over the standard IS 350 F SPORT with additional aerodynamic cooling and larger 14.0-inch two-piece aluminum front rotors and 12.7-inch rear rotors.

The Devil’s in the Details

The IS 500 features subtle exterior enhancements to help set it apart from the standard IS 350 F SPORT. The hood has been raised nearly 2 inches and receives sculpted center character lines, while the front bumper and fenders have been lengthened to help accommodate the vehicle’s naturally aspirated V8 muscle. The IS 500 will come standard with exclusive 19-inch split-10-spoke Enkei alloy wheels. Not only are they beautiful and intricate, the wheels are approximately 1 pound lighter per wheel in front and 2 pounds lighter per wheel in the rear, compared to the standard 19-inch F SPORT wheel. Other exterior updates include a revised lower rear diffuser accent that accentuates the quad exhaust system, as well as dark chrome window trim. Tying these visual and performance cues together is the black IS F SPORT rear lip spoiler.

Inside, drivers are greeted with black F SPORT Performance badging on the heated leather-wrapped steering wheel and door sill scuff plates. It also comes standard with the IS F SPORT accelerator pedal, brake pedal and footrest, but the combination instrumentation meter receives an updated startup animation that is exclusive to IS 500.

Enhanced Lexus Safety System+

The IS 500 inherits the updated Lexus Safety System+ 2.5 recently launched on the 2021 IS. A number of key features that are part of the Lexus Safety System+ have been enhanced, along with the addition of a few new features.

For starters, the Pre-Collision System (PCS), which include Frontal Collision Warning (FCW), Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), Pedestrian Detection and Bicyclist Detection, features an enhancement to the lens camera and millimeter-wave radar elements to expand the response range. By enhancing the radar and camera capabilities, it is now possible for the system to help detect not only the vehicle ahead but also a preceding bicyclist in daytime and even a preceding pedestrian in daytime and low-light conditions. At intersections, the system has the capability under certain conditions to recognize an oncoming vehicle when performing a left-hand turn, or a pedestrian when performing left and right-hand turns, and is designed to activate typical PCS functions if needed. Additional PCS functions include Emergency Steering Assist (ESA), which is designed to assist steering within the vehicle’s lane as cued by the driver.

All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) can be activated above 30 mph and is designed to perform vehicle-to-vehicle distance controls down to 0 mph and can resume from a stop. DRCC also includes a new feature that allows for smooth overtaking of slower vehicles. If traveling behind a vehicle going slower than the preset speed, once the driver engages the turn signal, the system will provide an initial increase in acceleration in preparation for changing lanes; and, after the driver changes lanes, the vehicle will continue acceleration until it reaches the original preset driving speed.

Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/ SA) is designed to help notify the driver if it senses an inadvertent lane departure at speeds above 32 miles per hour via steering wheel vibrations or audible alert. It can also take slight corrective measures to help keep the driver within the visibly marked lane. When DRCC is set and engaged, Lane Tracing Assist (LTA) is designed to provide slight steering force to help steer to the center of the lane to assist the driver with staying in the lane using visible lane markers or a preceding vehicle. LTA alerts the driver with a visual warning and either an audible alert or steering wheel vibration. In the new IS, the lane recognition performance, which makes LTA possible, has been improved with enhanced recognition of line and road edge, lateral G performance and enhanced control and stability after lane change.

Additional Lexus Safety System+ 2.5 features include Intelligent High Beams, which detects preceding or oncoming vehicles and automatically switches between high beam and low beam headlights. Road Sign Assist (RSA) is designed to acquire certain road sign information using a camera and navigation maps when data is available and displays them on the multi-information display (MID).

Sporty Color Palette

The 2022 IS 500 will be offered in eight daring exterior colors options, including Ultra White*, Atomic Silver, Cloudburst Gray*, Iridium*, Caviar, Infrared**, Grecian Water and Ultrasonic Blue Mica 2.0**. Inside, owners will be greeted with race-inspired interior featuring a choice Black or White NuLuxe®with Black Geometric trim accents. Select IS 500 exterior colors are also available with a bold Circuit Red NuLuxe®-trimmed interior.

*Available for an additional $500 charge

**Available for an additional $595 charge

IS 500 Launch Edition: F SPORT Performance with Touch of Distinction

Standing apart from the standard IS 500, the 2022 IS 500 Launch Edition interior builds upon Takumi craftsmanship with elevated interior materials, including sporty two-tone Black/Gray Ultrasuede®-trimmed front and rear seats, door accents and center console. Additionally, the heated leather-wrapped steering wheel receives unique Silver Ash wood treatment with black F SPORT Performance badging, and the interior will be appointed with a serialized Launch Edition badge to further highlight the vehicle’s exclusivity. Moreover, the F SPORT combination instrumentation meter has been updated with an exclusive Launch Edition startup animation to further set this model apart from the standard IS 500.

Outside, the IS 500 Launch Edition is sure to turn heads with standard 19-inch split-seven-spoke forged alloy Matte Black BBS® wheels from the IS F SPORT Dynamic Handling Package. Not only are they impressive looking, the 19-inch BBS® wheels are approximately 4 pounds lighter per wheel compared to the standard 19-inch IS F SPORT wheel. The vehicle will be sold exclusively in Incognito, an all-new color for the Lexus lineup.

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