Lexus’ Ultimate Sleeper — Petersen Automotive Museum

Raymond S. Hughes

Irrespective of not currently being a whole reincarnation of the original IS F, the IS 500 F Activity Functionality is nothing to sleep on. I have to admit, when I to start with received into the auto and drove it all-around the block, I wasn’t impressed. It appeared a bit sluggish and the transmission was a tiny clunky at reduced speeds. Nevertheless, opening it up and having advantage of the V-8 engine rapidly adjustments points. 

Activity+ mode in manual mode provides out the greatest for the 500. If you’re utilized to turbocharged vehicles, the by natural means aspirated engine undoubtedly is not going to be as fast and punchy off the line. But the 472 horsepower is far more than sufficient to get the motor vehicle heading. Revving it out to 5-6,000 RPMs was a sweet spot and gets the auto purring nicely.

In conditions of managing, the 500 holds its individual. Even as a result of modest, restricted streets, handling is nimble and it has no problem becoming thrown into corners many thanks to the adaptive suspension. The drive educate holds up perfectly tucking and turning by way of corners, in spite of owning that considerably ability likely to the rear wheels. 

I have listened to combined evaluations on the exterior styling of this auto. Some say it is as well more than the major though other people assume it is not intense more than enough. I appreciated the styling of this motor vehicle and felt that it was just plenty of to exude “sporty luxurious sedan” but not too significantly that it clearly showed how a lot power was truly less than the hood. A lot of occasions when I was questioned what was so distinctive about the motor vehicle and stated how it experienced a 5.-liter V-8, people today ended up taken aback, as numerous really don’t hope that out of a thing that seems to be like the 500. Individually, I was a massive lover of the sleeper status. From a fast glance of the outside the house, you genuinely can’t convey to the change amongst it and a typical IS 350 until you discover the minor hood bump, wider fenders, or quad-suggestion exhaust. 

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