The world woke as much as some horrible information: legendary French duo Daft Punk have introduced that they’re splitting up after 28 years. It’s one other blemish on the yr that’s 2021, however Lexus might have one thing that that might assist elevate our spirits.

That is the Lexus IS 500 F Sport Performance, the primary mannequin within the Japanese carmaker’s new F Sport Efficiency line-up. Primarily based on the third-generation IS that acquired a major update last year, the sports activities sedan was developed by Lexus chief engineer Naoki Kobayashi and his workforce at Lexus Worldwide for the North American market.

The work that went into the IS 500 goes far past simply slapping on a physique equipment and calling it a day. Whereas the general form is much like an everyday IS with the F Sport package deal, the bonnet on the IS 500 has been raised by practically two inches and is extra closely sculpted.

There’s extra too, as whereas it might not be instantly apparent, the entrance bumper and fenders have additionally been lengthened. Why undergo all this hassle? Properly, regardless of the downsizing pattern, Lexus fitted the IS 500 with a stonking 5.Zero litre naturally-aspirated V8 petrol engine.

The 2UR-GSE unit fills a V8-shaped gap within the IS line-up ever because the IS F was discontinued means again in 2014, and it’s also possible to discover it within the RC F, GS F in addition to the extra fashionable LC 500. Right here, it’s used yet another time within the IS 500, possible as a final hurrah earlier than electrification utterly takes over.

In retaining the V8 alive, the 5.Zero litre NA unit serves up 472 hp at 7,100 rpm and 535 Nm of torque at 4,800 rpm. These numbers beat the earlier IS F’s 416 hp and 503 Nm, whereas being considerably greater than the 311 hp and 380 Nm that comes from a 3.5 litre NA V6 discovered within the present IS 350.

With an eight-speed automated transmission driving the rear wheels, the IS 500 will dash from zero to 96 km/h (0-60 mph) in simply 4.5 seconds, however there’s no point out of high pace, solely gasoline economic system, which is claimed to be 10.2 km/l. Lexus says that with the large V8, the IS 500 is just 65 kg heavier than a regular IS 350 F Sport, tipping the scales at 1,765 kg.

Other than making room for a V8, Lexus additionally gave the IS 500 some distinctive cues like a quad exhaust system with twin stacked tailpipes, which is a nod to the RC F, and required a revised decrease rear diffuser to be fitted. Elsewhere, there’s a rear lip spoiler, darkish window chrome trim, black badging and Enkei 19-inch split-10-spoke alloy wheels that assist save 2.7 kg over the common 19-inch F Sport wheels.

For driving dynamics, the IS 500 will get Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS), a Torsen limited-slip differential and a Yamaha rear efficiency damper. There’s additionally a beefier braking system with bigger 355-mm entrance rotors and 322-mm rear discs, whereas the powertrain could be configured in accordance with a number of drive modes.

Inside, it’s just about an identical to a traditional IS, save for the F Sport Efficiency badging on the leather-based steering wheel and door sill scuff plates, IS F Sport pedals in addition to new startup animation for the instrument cluster.

On the security entrance, there’s the Lexus Security System+ 2.5 suite, starting with Pre-Collision System (PCS), which incorporates Frontal Collision Warning (FCW), Computerized Emergency Braking (AEB) with pedestrian and bicyclist detection and Emergency Steering Help (ESA). Extra commonplace programs are Dynamic Radar Cruise Management (DRCC), Lane Departure Alert with Steering Help (LDA w/ SA), Lane Tracing Help (LTA), Clever Excessive Beams and Highway Signal Help (RSA).

Pricing for the IS 500 F Sport Efficiency will likely be introduced at a later time and the mannequin is predicted to reach at dealerships later this fall. Tougher, higher, quicker, stronger are applicable phrases in describing the brand new Lexus sports activities sedan, however is it an instantaneous crush for you? Share your digital love (or hatred) for the mannequin within the feedback part beneath.