You are just out of your mind if you think you are going to keep up with me on this curvy road in your 2022″fill in the blank” ride. You see I am driving a Lexus IS 500. This was part of a recent conversation, in upstate New York, with a driver of a more expensive sedan.
We are massive fans of the new IS and this IS 500 F SPORT Performance will have your head spinning when the powerful 472-horsepower naturally aspirated V8 engine comes to life complete with fabulous sound from the quad exhaust system.
This IS 500 is a true driver’s car that will have you grinning with glee, even in city traffic just because you know you can go 0 to 60 mph under five seconds when the opportunity arises.
The all-new IS 500 is what auto dreams are made of. The standard 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 a Yamaha® rear performance damper that reduces dynamic structural distortion, delivering increased comfort at low speeds, and additional stability and agility at high speeds. Brake cooling is a must thanks to aerodynamic cooling 14.0-inch two-piece aluminum front rotors and 12.7-inch rear rotors.
Walking up to the IS 500 you will notice features that 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. IS 500 will comes standard with exclusive 19-inch split-10-spoke Enkei alloy wheels. To the rear, you see 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.
IS 500 also inherits the updated Lexus Safety System+ 2.5 recently launched on the 2021 IS. Several key features that are part of the Lexus Safety System+ have been enhanced, along with the addition of a few new features all with driver safety in mind. All in all the 2022 Lexus IS 500
F SPORT Performance is the new ultimate play date. Special shout out to Chief Engineer Naoki Kobayashi and his team at Lexus International on a job well done. Lexus IS 500.
Photography: David Lewis Taylor
The 2022 Lexus IS 500 F SPORT Performance is the new ultimate play date.
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