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Old 02-22-2021, 11:25 AM   #1
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Lexus IS500 F Performance - RIP Acura TLX Type-S



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Wow, great on Lexus for doing one last hurrah for the naturally aspirated V8. 5.0, RWD, Torsen LSD... RIP Acura TLX Type-S.

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2022 LEXUS IS 500 F SPORT PERFORMANCE: THE IS SPORTS SEDAN, UNLEASHED

•5.0L V8 delivers 472 hp and 395 lb.-ft. of torque

•Features include raised front hood, dark chrome window trim,and quad exhaust system

•Exclusive 19-inch Enkei wheels and unique black F SPORT Performance badging

•First Lexus model in the F SPORT Performance line



PLANO, Texas (February 22, 2021) – Last year’s reimagined front-engine rear-wheel-drive IS struck the perfect balance of sportiness and sophistication, making it the best IS to date. However, Chief Engineer Naoki Kobayashi and his team at Lexus International have been working on something truly special exclusively for the North American market. Enter the first-ever Lexus IS 500 F SPORT Performance, which dials up the sports sedan formula to eleven 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 models.

A Rare Breed: Lexus F SPORT Performance Line

As the first model in the new Lexus F SPORT Performance line, the IS 500engine 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 hp at 7,100 rpm and 395lb.-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 is capable of delivering a 0-to-60 mph time of 4.5 seconds and has a manufacturer-estimated 24mpg highway rating. Other IS 500performance enhancements include a throaty quad exhaust system with dual stacked tail pipesthat perfectly amplify the new V8 engine. This exhaust not only sounds ferocious,but is inspired by F models,like the RC F.

PRESS INFORMATION

IS 500 uses the same the same eight-speed Sport Direct Shift automatic transmission found in the IS 300 and IS 350RWD models. It also features drive mode select Sport S and Sport S+, which provides advanced engine and transmission mapping to enhance performance. Sport S+ also 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 models.

Building on Lexus Driving Signature

The new 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. 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 is more balanced, refined in control, and confident than ever before. Linear steering, brake responses, and optimized handling with exceptional ride quality is the result of heightened focus on tuning of the chassis and its interactions with the control surfaces through diligent evaluation at a test facility unlike any other.

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 2inches 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. IS 500will 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 500inherits 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 or pedestrian when performing a left-hand turn 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).

Lexus Enform for Safety and Convenience

Lexus Enform Safety Connect comes with a three-year trial with access to Lexus Enform response centers 24/7/365. With Lexus Enform Service Connect, complimentary for the first 10 years, the vehicle can send alerts for specific factory recommended maintenance while simultaneously alerting a preferred Lexus dealer. In addition, the Lexus App allows guests to do everything from starting their vehicle remotely with a smartphone, to contacting dealers for a service appointment, and much more. With an active subscription, the Lexus App dashboard provides a personalized view of convenient vehicle and connected service information, including the Vehicle Health Report, scheduled maintenance and vehicle health alerts. Guests also can manage their subscriptions right from the palm of their hand.
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I give them credit for the power train, but is anyone lining up to buy these cars?

The body style is almost 20 years old. For your average person line this car up next to the 2006 model and most probably couldn’t tell much of a difference
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Lolwut? The actual platform is based on the one introduced in 2013. It’s old, but not two decades old.

Between this and a lightly used GS-F, I’d take the GS-F anyday.

Does this mean the price for used IS-F’s will drop? This isn’t a dedicated F model, but the performance wouldn’t be that far off considering the chassis is probably stiffer.
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^ I'd imagine probably less than the RC-F that costs 85K CDN and will probably be priced at around 65-70K since it's not a "true" F car with widebody and whatnot. Disappointed that they didn't go with more aggressive styling but hope this finally puts a dent in IsF/GsF prices. I blame Doug Demuro for current IsF/GsF prices
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I blame the IS-F checking so many damn boxes for a sports sedan for its resale

Provided you're under 6'1
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why would anyone buy a supra over this, it's not like the supra has an additional pedal
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I blame the IS-F checking so many damn boxes for a sports sedan for its resale

Provided you're under 6'1
This. At just about 6' I feel my head is gonna get bonked at any moment when in any IS.

Kudos to them for giving it one last hurrah before the age of electric fully takes over
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Supposedly this isn't even it for the F-line. This is going to be positioned in the S/M-Sport/43 AMG range. The peak of the range is a rumored 600HP TT V8.
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Because V8 sedan vs I6 turbo coupe

Also isn't this the same V8 that was in the original IS-F LOL

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Because V8 sedan vs I6 turbo coupe

Also isn't this the same V8 that was in the original IS-F LOL

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seems like the reworked one from LC 500 with higher compression and redline
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Because V8 sedan vs I6 turbo coupe

Also isn't this the same V8 that was in the original IS-F LOL

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Same V8 with minor tweaks but now mated to an 8 speed instead. I'd wager the main selling point of the v8 "F" cars is the presumed reliability over euro competitors. Besides, the Supra is just a Z4
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^ the 3g IS-f had the same 8 speed transmission as well. its basically the same powertrain just updated. thats just how toyota does things
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Definitely cool for Lexus to bring on a V8 in 2022 when everyone is talking EV. 50 more hp compared to the original IS-F so that is also cool. Current RC-F motor is used I think.

Slightly disappointing no real IS-F on the horizon but still looking forward to the new LS-F and LC-F with the 4.0L TT V8 with 667hp. The new LX is supposedly getting it as well. Tuners will be looking to shoehorn that engine into the IS for sure.
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Definitely cool for Lexus to bring on a V8 in 2022 when everyone is talking EV. 50 more hp compared to the original IS-F so that is also cool. Current RC-F motor is used I think.

Slightly disappointing no real IS-F on the horizon but still looking forward to the new LS-F and LC-F with the 4.0L TT V8 with 667hp. The new LX is supposedly getting it as well. Tuners will be looking to shoehorn that engine into the IS for sure.
If you've been following along, this is a "F-Sport Performance" model like BMW M-Sport and Audi S. The "real IS-F" is still rumored to come, with that TT V8 that you mentioned. Now THAT would really be bonkers.
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If you've been following along, this is a "F-Sport Performance" model like BMW M-Sport and Audi S. The "real IS-F" is still rumored to come, with that TT V8 that you mentioned. Now THAT would really be bonkers.
Oooooo....well that's exciting! I wasn't sure if Lexus would offer a full blown F in the IS chassis and figured they would focus more on different chassis for the big power.
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UZ is a truck engine, has no business being in the LC

edit: interesting, they've put it in a GT500 race car, airplane, and boats before

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Unlike RC-F
- No IS-F Seats
- No wide body
- No wider tires
- No vented hood

Car is pretty much identical to the $42k IS300RWD (base model already a F-Sport with 19" wheels)

IS500 basically replaced the 2.0t with the V8 5.0 (plus LSD and longer front), let's hope it will be $59.9k CAD to start.
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edit: interesting, they've put it in a GT500 race car, airplane, and boats before

now you can consolidate your is-f and runner
Imagine if a GX-F comes out with that engine lol. Lexus can make an attempt at X-M territory by having different sized SUVs.
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