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Lexus launches 2022 IS 500 F Sport Performance Launch Edition

Only 500 sedans will be offered with special paint, interior and badges

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“Launch Edition” has become an important marketing tag line for automakers. It’s not enough to offer a new vehicle model or trim level, but to make it an even more-expensive limited-edition Launch Edition with special equipment. 

TVR, Kia, Ram and Jeep, as well as electric newcomers Rivian and Watt, are just a few who brought, or are bringing, new models to market with Launch Edition versions. The latest is Lexus, unveiling the 2022 IS 500 F Sport Performance Launch Edition.

Lexus, Lexus launches 2022 IS 500 F Sport Performance Launch Edition, ClassicCars.com Journal
2022 LEXUS IS 500 F SPORT

Performance comes from a 472-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 engine and the F Sport Dynamic Handling Package. Launch Edition exclusive features include the new “Incognito” paint color, two-tone black-and-gray Ultrasuede interior trim, 19-inch matte-black BBFS wheels and serialized Launch Edition badging for the 500-unit limited run.

The 2022 IS 500 F Sport also will come in a Performance version.

“More information regarding MSRP and available options will be made available closer to launch,” Lexus added. “The 2022 IS 500 F Sport Performance and IS 500 F Sport Performance Launch Edition are expected to arrive in dealerships later this Fall.”

Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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