The Lexus brand’s sportiest 4-door sedan just got sportier for 2022 with a new V8-powered IS 500 F Sport Performance model. Last used in the IS F from 2008 to 2014, the 5.0-liter V8 gives the small, rear-drive sedan the power and performance to match its excellent handling and muscular good looks.
The 2022 IS 500 is distinguishable from lesser-grade IS models by its none-too-subtle hood bulge rising nearly two inches and its extended nose that stretches the V8-powered about two inches as well. Other IS 500 cues include standard 19-inch Enkei alloy wheels and stacked quad exhaust outlets adapted from the now-departed Lexus GS F. Combined with the larger and more evocative spindle grille, dagger-like LED headlamps, L-shaped daytime running lamps, full-width LED rear light signature, sharply creased rockers and rear doors, semi-fastback roof, and kick-up trunk spoiler introduced for 2021, the new IS 500 has curb appeal and road presence in spades.
Inside, the new IS 500 benefits from a revised multimedia system with an 8- or 10.3-inch touchscreen that has been moved nearly 6 inches closer to the driver and front passenger.
Lexus offers the new IS 500 F Sport in three trims. Including the $1,075 destination charge, these include the $57,575 Performance, the $62,075 Performance Premium, and the $68,475 Performance Launch Edition.
The Lexus IS 500 competes with performance sedans such as the BMW M340i, Mercedes-AMG C43, Cadillac CT5-V, and Audi S4/S5, among others.