Competes with: Alfa Romeo Giulia QV, BMW M3, Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing, Mercedes-AMG C63
Looks like: An IS 350 F Sport with cooler wheels
Powertrain: 472-horsepower, 5.0-liter V-8; eight-speed automatic transmission; rear-wheel drive
Hits dealerships: Fall
The V-8-powered Lexus IS is back, but it’s not the full-on IS F that you remember — that model was discontinued in 2014, and it’s been nothing but four- and six-cylinder versions of Lexus’ compact, rear-wheel-drive-based sports sedan ever since. But Lexus figures it’s time to bring this monster back exclusively to U.S. showrooms, so it showed us this: the 2022 IS 500 F Sport Performance.