2022 Lexus IS 500 F Sport Performance gets launch edition with tasty Incognito paint

Thanks to Lexus, the days of small, agile sport sedans powered by naturally aspirated V-8 engines aren’t over yet.

The automaker in February unveiled the 2022 IS 500 F Sport Performance, a new range-topping IS variant with the same 5.0-liter V-8 fitted to the old IS F, only this time there’s a healthier 472 hp and 395 lb-ft of torque available.

For quick buyers, Lexus is offering 500 examples of a special IS 500 F Sport Performance Launch Edition. It’s available exclusively in Lexus’ newest paint option known as Incognito gray, which is contrasted here with 19-inch BBS forged wheels finished in black.

2022 Lexus IS 500 F Sport Performance Launch Edition

2022 Lexus IS 500 F Sport Performance Launch Edition

2022 Lexus IS 500 F Sport Performance Launch Edition

2022 Lexus IS 500 F Sport Performance Launch Edition

2022 Lexus IS 500 F Sport Performance Launch Edition

2022 Lexus IS 500 F Sport Performance Launch Edition

The same black and gray theme continues into the cabin where the trim is a combination of black leather and gray Ultrasuede. Silver ash wood accents also feature on the leather-wrapped steering wheel. A serialized plaque also features on the dash.

The IS 500 F Sport Performance, including the Launch Edition, will reach dealerships in the fall. Pricing information will be announced closer to the market launch.

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You might be wondering why the new sport sedan isn’t simply badged an IS F, considering it packs a more powerful version of the same engine that featured in the last IS F. According to Lexus, it plans to elevate its F branding to a higher level, particularly when it comes to track capability. Yes, even though the F lineup has been downsized to just the RC F following the recent demise of the GS F, Lexus has no plans to abandon its flagship performance range.

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