2022 Lexus IS500 F Sport First Test: An Excellent Ending

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2022 Lexus IS500 F Sport First Test: An Excellent Ending

Alright commenters, forum posters, tweeters, and general looky-loos—it’s time to put your money where your mouth is: Spend now or forever hold your peace. You want a free-breathin’, air-suckin’, turbo-teetotaler V-8 sports sedan with honest-to-goodness rear-wheel drive? Prove it. Buy a 2022 Lexus IS500 F Sport before it leaves production, or so help us if we catch you complaining about the lack of naturally aspirated, rear-drive V-8 sedans for the rest of your days.

As far as we can tell, this is it aside from the bloated, musclebound Dodge Charger. The stock of new production V-8-powered cars—naturally aspirated or otherwise—will only get smaller as time passes, so if you think you might want one before the faucet shuts off for good, mosey over to your local Lexus dealer and place an order, provided you can swallow the $57,000 base price.

However, you should know a few things about Lexus’ latest rip-roaring four-door drift machine before you write the check. This is emphatically not an IS F, nor was such a car Lexus’ intention when it designed it. Neither does the tricky “F Sport Performance” designation denote that a hotter IS F model is just over the horizon. We’re not saying such a car won’t happen, but there are a few details about the wonderful IS500 that require some context.

The 2022 Lexus IS500 F Sport is best interpreted as the existing IS350 F Sport with significantly more juice. Aside from small mechanical changes that include larger 14.0-inch front and 12.7-inch rear brake rotors and a new Yamaha-sourced rear chassis damper, much of the performance componentry is presumably interchangeable between V-6 and V-8 models. For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.

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