2022 Lexus IS500 F Sport Performance V8 unveiled for the USA

The days of the small V8 performance sedan might be limited, but those living Stateside have a new option on the menu: the Lexus IS500.

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As has long been rumoured, the Lexus IS is back with V8 power. Unfortunately the IS500 F Sport Performance has been developed “exclusively for the North American market”.

Instead of wearing a simple F badge, the naming is more convoluted this time around. The IS500 is the first car to use the new F Sport Performance name.

Under the bonnet is the brand’s naturally-aspirated 5.0-litre V8 cranking out 352kW at 7100rpm and 536Nm at 4800rpm.

The V8 drives the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic and a Torsen limited-slip differential, and is said to be capable of a 0-60mph (0-97km/h) time of 4.5 seconds.

The IS500 rides on adaptive suspension, Yahama rear performance dampers, and a unique set of 19-inch Enkei alloy wheels.

Stopping ability comes courtesy of an uprated brake package, which features 356mm two-piece front discs, and 323mm units at the rear.

Visually the IS500 is distinguished from lesser IS variants by a bonnet that’s around 50mm taller, and lengthened front fenders and bumper.

There’s also dark window trim, a black boot lip spoiler, black badges, and a new rear diffuser that accommodates the car’s four exhaust tips.

Inside the cabin there’s metal trim on the pedals, F Sport Performance badging on the scuff plates and steering wheel, and unique graphics for the instrumentation panel.

The Lexus IS500 F Sport Performance goes on sale in the USA during the third quarter of 2021.

MORE: Lexus IS news, reviews and videos

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