Live Thread: One week with a 2024 Lexus IS 500 F Sport

Colin
By Colin Wood
May 15, 2024 | Lexus, New Car Review, IS 500, Live Thread

Photography Credit: David S. Wallens

Wanna ride shotgun with GRM?

Welcome to this week’s test vehicle, a 2024 Lexus IS 500 F Sport.


Photograph Courtesy Lexus

The 500 is the most powerful version of the IS on sale, topping out the lineup with a 5.0-liter V8 rated at 472 horsepower and 395 lb.-ft. of torque. All that power gets sent to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic.

Speaking of wheels, the car comes fitted with a staggered setup: 19x8.5-inch wheels up front and 19x9.5-inch wheels out back shod in 235/40R19 and 265/35R19 summer tires, respectively.


Photograph Courtesy Lexus

Weighing in at 3891 pounds–and featuring a weight distribution of 56/44–the IS 500 is noted to be capable of accelerating from zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, and reach a top track speed of 149 mph.

MSRP is listed at $63,370, with the IS 500 we're driving for the week stickering in at $66,970–thanks to a $2450 set of 19-inch matte black BBS forged wheels plus a delivery fee.

Questions? Comments? Feel free to post them below.

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Comments
David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/15/24 4:31 p.m.

Has this chassis really been with us for a full decade? Actually, longer, as ye olde Wikipedia reminds me that U.S. sales for the current IS started in early 2013.

Those early cars didn’t have the V8, though, with that option joining the menu for 2022.

And it’s a shame we had to wait so long. Toyota’s proven V8 just works so well in this chassis. The end result is more Benz than BMW.

In today’s luxury car landscape, I’m actually going to call this a throwback–and I mean that in a very good way.

First, a real shifter. No knob, no buttons. You want D, you can easily find D.

Real knobs for the important stuff, mainly audio volume and HVAC temperature.

Real, clear gauges.

Comfortable, supportive seats.

A screen that’s not comically big yet still more than adequate for relaying the important information.

More to love: The trunk is big, the car itself is the right size, and you can easily get in and out of it.

Oh, and it has a V8. Very docile around town but, when your boot goes to the floor, it wakes up.

It might be a bit old, but for a luxury sedan, this would be on my short list. 

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
5/15/24 4:33 p.m.
David S. Wallens said:

In today’s luxury car landscape, I’m actually going to call this a throwback–and I mean that in a very good way.

It's funny you say that, as I recall J.G. saying something very similar about a 2023 Lexus RC 350 F Sport:

For now, it’s a cool throwback to a time when sporty personal luxury coupes like the BMW 6 Series were all the rage, and it carries the banner for that market segment with grace and skill.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/15/24 4:47 p.m.

I could drive this daily and be happy. It’s like a slightly more comfortable E46/E92 M3 sedan. 

J.A. Ackley
J.A. Ackley Senior Editor
5/16/24 9:18 a.m.

I'm hoping the next generation has more headroom. However, the Lexus V8 certainly sounds great when you get on the happy pedal.

calteg
calteg SuperDork
5/16/24 10:28 a.m.

Lexus forums are complaining about the brakes and the trans shift logic, any feedback on those?

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
5/16/24 10:36 a.m.

In reply to J.A. Ackley :

Just spent a few minutes on YouTube listening to exhaust clips. Plenty to like there.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ UltimaDork
5/16/24 10:38 a.m.

How fast does the 8 speed react on manual up/downshifts?

sleepyhead the buffalo
sleepyhead the buffalo GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
5/16/24 11:04 a.m.
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ said:

How fast does the 8 speed react on manual up/downshifts?

unrelated, how well does it look like the V8 & 8speed would fit in a BRZ?  laugh

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
5/16/24 11:08 a.m.

In reply to sleepyhead the buffalo :

I'm not seeing any size measurements for you (yet), but I can at least provide the designations if it helps:

  • Engine: 2UR-GSE
  • Transmission: AA80E

It's also worth mentioning that the V8 in the IS 500 is at least partially related to the V8 that went into the earlier IS F.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/16/24 11:34 a.m.
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ said:

How fast does the 8 speed react on manual up/downshifts?

Good manual downshifts but sometimes seems a little laggy with the upshifts, even in Sport + mode.

Honestly, between the engine output and eight-speed automatic, I just leave it in D and use Sport and Sport+. Totally fits the character of the car. 

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