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2022 Lexus IS 500 F Sport Launched As Cadillac Blackwing Rival

2022 Lexus IS 500 F Sport Launched As Cadillac Blackwing Rival

Lexus just unveiled the 2022 Lexus IS 500 F Sport, a performance compact four-door that seeks to “appeal to passionate driving enthusiasts.” The new IS 500 is the first model in the new Lexus F Sport Performance line, and is set to rival go-faster variants of the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and Cadillac CT5.

Under the hood, the 2022 Lexus IS 500 F Sport Naturally aspirated 5.0L V8 engine, which produces 472 horsepower at 7,100 rpm and 395 pound-feet of torque 4,800 rpm. Output is routed exclusively to the rear wheels by way of an eight-speed automatic transmission, sending the sedan to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds.

The 2022 Lexus IS 500 F Sport comes standard with the Dynamic Handling Package, which includes Adaptive Variable Suspension, as well as a Torsen limited-slip differential. The chassis was updated with a Yamaha rear performance damper for greater low-speed comfort and high-speed stability, while braking specs include 14-inch two-piece aluminum rotors in front, and 12.7-rotors in the rear. The whole thing weighs in at 3,891 pounds.

Check out the complete performance and spec breakdown in the table below, as well as how the Lexus compares to Cadillac’s go-fast sedan models.

2022 Cadillac Performance Sedans Against 2022 Lexus IS 500 F Sport
2021 Cadillac CT5-V 2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing 2022 Lexus IS 500 F Sport
MSRP $48,790 $59,990 $84,990 TBD
Engine Twin-Turbo 3.0L V6 (LGY) Twin-Turbo 3.6L V6 (LF4) Supercharged 6.2L V8 (LT4) 5.0L V8
Power @ rpm 360 @ 5,400 472 @ 5,750 668 @ 6,500 472 @ 7,100
Torque @ rpm 405 @ 2,350 to 4,000 445 @ 3,500 659 @ 3,600 395 @ 4,800
Manual transmission - 6-speed 6-speed -
Automatic transmission 10-speed 10-speed* 10-speed* 8-speed
Drivetrain RWD (AWD*) RWD RWD RWD
0-60 mph, sec. (manufacturer) 4.6 (4.8*) 3.8 3.7 4.5
Top speed, mph (manufacturer) TBD 189 200+ TBD
Front brake disc, in. 13.6 15.0 15.7 14.0
Rear brake disc, in. 12.4 13.4 14.7 12.7
  • * optional

Styling differences over the standard IS include raised a front hood, unique black badging, and a unique lower diffuser, plus dark chrome trim and a quad exhaust treatment. In the corners, we find 10-spoke, 19-inch Enkei wheels.

The cabin is outfitted with a heated leather-steering wheel and sporty door sill plate, while drivers will enjoy the unique instrument startup animation. There’s loads of safety features as well, such as Pre-Collision System, Automatic Emergency Braking, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist.

Pricing information for the 2022 Lexus IS 500 F Sport is still forthcoming. Deliveries are expected in the Fall.

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Jonathan is an automotive journalist based out of Southern California. He loves anything and everything on four wheels.

8 Comments

  1. “Blackwing rival”.

    With 472 hp?

    That makes it a “V” competitor, but hardly in Blackwing territory.

    I think pricing, once revealed, will settle the question.

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  2. A CT4 V black wing rival is where the new IS 500 F sport performance compete. Definitely not competing with the CT5 V black wing.

    Reply
  3. Enkei wheels? Welcome back to 2002.

    I’m thinking somehow this Lexus will be more expensive than a CT4-V Blackwing.

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    • I’d rather have a set of Volks, but yes, the price will determine the sandbox its playing in.

      Reply
  4. Lexus is playing mid-performance with this car. Even though this car has more hp/tq in the class, it won’t be enough for the hard core ultra luxury class. Cadillac has nothing to worry same as for the competition. Also the title of the article is misleading and needs to be altered.

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  5. Really? Are you kidding? Why is this on the Cadillac site?
    Why are you subjecting us to this?

    Reply
    • Why?

      Because… “Keep your friends close… and your enemies closer.”

      Reply
      • Clever, Alex. Did you think of that yourself?

        Reply

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