Lexus will release a special version of the IS 500 F Sport Performance sedan with naturally aspirated V8. The Launch Edition features a special décor, unique body color and lightweight wheels. A total of 500 Launch Edition sedans will be made, all for North America.
On the outside, the IS 500 F Sport Performance Launch Edition is easily recognizable by its dark gray Incognito exterior and 19-inch seven-twin-spoke BBS forged wheels. The savings on each wheel in comparison with standard Enkei wheels reaches 1.81 kilograms.
Inside, the Launch Edition is identified by its two-tone suede seats, natural ash wood inserts on the steering wheel and door cards, a special plaque in front of the automatic transmission selector and a welcome anti-vibration virtual dashboard.
Otherwise, the Launch Edition is identical to the regular IS 500 F Sport Performance. Under the hood is a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter 479-horsepower (535 Nm) V8, an 8-speed automatic transmission, rear-wheel drive. The “500th” sedan is distinguished by widened front fenders, an original hood and a two-level exhaust in the style of “charged” Lexus F.
In the US, sales of the Lexus IS 500 F Sport Performance Launch Edition will begin in the fall – at the same time local dealers will have the usual “five hundredth”. Prices are planned to be announced in the summer.
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