Published on March 22nd, 2021 | by Subhash Nair0
Lexus IS 500 F Sport Performance Launch Edition Shown
The IS 500 F Sport Performance was already special, but this Launch Edition is even more so.
Lexus surprised pretty much the entire motoring industry when they announced the IS 500 F Sport Performance. They put their 5.0L naturally aspirated V8 from the LC into this compact executive and gave it performance parts to cope with the additional power.
It’s clear the IS 500 F Sport Performance is aimed at a low volume of production. But now they’re also introducing 500 limited “Launch Edition” cars in North America. These come with special appointments to make them stand out even more over the standard IS models and even other IS 500 F Sport Performance models.
Here’s what’s new on the IS 500 F Sport Performance Launch Edition.
- 19″ split seven spoke forged alloy BBS Wheels in Matte Black (4 pounds lighter per wheel)
- Incognito body colour (this is the only colour option)
- Two-tone Black & Gray Ultrasuede® trimmed front and rear seats, door accents, and centre console
- Heated leather-wrapped steering wheel receives unique silver ash wood treatment with black F SPORT Performance badging
- Serialized Launch Edition badge
- F SPORT combination instrumentation meter with exclusive Launch Edition startup animation
For more on the Lexus IS 500 F Sport Performance Launch Edition, check out the press release below.
Hot on the heels of last month’s IS 500 F SPORT Performance world premiere, Lexus is proud to unveil the 2022 IS 500 F SPORT Performance Launch Edition. Only 500 serialized vehicles will be produced, and it will be sold exclusively in North America.
The IS 500 Launch Edition will be powered by the same naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 engine introduced in the standard IS 500. Generating 472 hp at 7,100 rpm and 395 lb.-ft of peak torque at 4,800 rpm, this engine offers the linear acceleration and V8 muscle that driving enthusiasts crave. However, buyers that desire additional distinction will find numerous interior and exterior enhancements in the IS 500 Launch Edition.
Standing apart from the standard IS 500, the 2022 IS 500 Launch Edition interior builds upon Takumi craftsmanship with elevated interior materials, including sporty two-tone Black & Gray Ultrasuede® trimmed front and rear seats, door accents, and center console. Additionally, the heated leather-wrapped steering wheel receives unique silver ash wood treatment with black F SPORT Performance badging, and the interior will be appointed with a serialized Launch Edition badge to further highlight the vehicle’s exclusivity. Moreover, the F SPORT combination instrumentation meter has been updated with an exclusive Launch Edition startup animation to further set this model apart from the standard IS 500.
Outside, the IS 500 Launch Edition is sure to turn heads with standard 19-inch split-seven-spoke forged alloy Matte Black BBS® wheels from the IS F SPORT Dynamic Handling Package. Not only are they impressive looking, the 19-inch BBS® wheels are approximately 4 pounds lighter per wheel compared to the standard 19-inch IS F SPORT wheel. The vehicle will be sold exclusively in Incognito, an all-new color for the Lexus lineup.
More information regarding MSRP and available options will be made available closer to launch. The 2022 IS 500 F SPORT Performance and IS 500 F SPORT Performance Launch Edition are expected to arrive in dealerships later this Fall.