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.

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    Derek Fung

    Derek Fung would love to tell you about his multiple degrees, but he's too busy writing up some news right now. In his spare time Derek loves chasing automotive rabbits down the hole. Based in New York, New York, Derek loves to travel and is very much a window not an aisle person.

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