Pistons Ain’t Lifeless But: The New Lexus IS500 F-sport Scorching Rod Is Proof Of That – Look Out, Germans

Pistons Ain’t Dead Yet: The New Lexus IS500 F-sport Hot Rod Is Proof Of That – Look Out, Germans

(By Tom Lohnes) – In an age of electrification and turbocharging, the brand new Lexus IS500 F-sport is a uncommon discover, but it surely retains the essence of a muscle automobile alive.

Mainly a run-of-the-mill IS350 with a 5.0-liter naturally aspirated V8 shoehorned into it, the IS500 isn’t the full-stop F model, however makes a ridiculous 472 horsepower and 395 lb-ft of torque whereas being competitively priced. Styling smart, the IS500 stays true to the clear traces of the IS300 and IS350, whereas mixing in additional muscle by way of some 19-inch Enkei wheels and the signature stacked exhausts that signify a V8 in Lexus tradition. The Yamaha-developed 5.0-liter unit makes peak energy at 4,800 RPM however can rev all the way in which to 7,300. Inside, the IS stays wanting like an IS, which is an effective factor, contemplating the superb look, seating place, and general high quality that got here with an IS350 tester we not too long ago had. 0-60 occurs in 4.5 seconds, which is fast for the phase.

The IS500 is a superb filler mannequin, consider it because the Scat Pack to the longer term IS F’s Hellcat. The IS500’s principal rivals are the BMW M340i, Audi S4 and S5, in addition to the Mercedes C 43 and Cadillac CT4-V. Fairly surprisingly, contemplating this automobile has the on-paper potential to offer an M3 a run for its cash. The IS500 begins at $56,000, which is under a lot of its 4-and-6-cylinder powered challengers.