Lexus previews the IS500 Sport Performance Launch Edition

Only 500 will be made
by Drei Laurel | Mar 22, 2021
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Lexus vehicles aren’t just about luxury or performance. Status sometimes comes into consideration when someone looks into buying one, too. If you’re someone who’s considering pulling the trigger on the IS500, the brand is coming out with something that might help you stand out.

The Lexus IS500F

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This is the IS500F Sport Performance Launch Edition—a more exclusive take on the Japanese luxury carmaker’s latest compact sedan. It packs the same 5.0-liter V8 engine with 472hp and 536Nm of torque as the standard version, but gets treated with a host of add-ons to help set it apart from the rest of the lineup.

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The Lexus IS500F Angled Rear View

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Outside, enhancements take the form of 19-inch split-seven-spoke matte black BBS wheels. These new mags aren’t just nicer to look at, either, as they come in weighing approximately 4lbs lighter than the ones equipped on the standard IS500. You’ll also only be able to purchase this thing in one color: Incognito.

The Lexus IS500F Dashboard

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Inside, you’ll be greeted by nicer cabin materials. The front and rear seats, door panels, and center console are all trimmed with two-tone black and gray suede, and the steering wheel now comes with a silver ash wood treatment. Serialized ‘Launch Edition’ badging will also be present, and the instrument panel’s launch animation features a new startup animation.

The Lexus IS500F Model Number

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Lighter, nicer to look at, and exclusive to just 500 units? You can bet this is going to cost a pretty penny. No price yet, though, as Lexus is telling everyone to sit tight until the actual car is launched.

The Lexus IS500F Angled Front View

So, what are your thought on exclusives like the Lexus IS500F Sport Performance Launch Edition? Is standing out a bit more worth a larger price tag to you?

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The Lexus IS500F Rear View

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