Confirmed: New Lexus F Sports Car Coming Soon

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This could be our first look at the long-rumored hot Lexus IS 500.

It was only last week when we discovered that Lexus is planning an F sports car onslaught. Now, Lexus has officially teased a new mystery F Sport model. A teaser photo shows a close-up of the F Sport badge on the same engine cover as the 2UR-GSE 5.0-liter V8 engine found under the hood of the RC F and GS F. However, it's worth noting that just because this is the same engine cover it doesn't necessarily mean this mystery model is packing the same V8 powerplant.

The F Sport badge also indicates Lexus isn't teasing a new full-fat F model here, so we can rule out the possibility of it being the rumored LC F, LS F, and IS F. What else could Lexus be teasing?

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Currently, the Lexus LC 500 is the only V8-powered model in the automaker's lineup that hasn't received the F Sport treatment, though this seems late in the model's lifecycle. Alternatively, it could be a V8 option for the LS or this could be our first look at the long-rumored hot Lexus IS 500 that will slot below the hardcore IS F.

Last year, Lexus filed a trademark for the IS 500 nameplate, sparking rumors that a new V8-powered IS variant will join the lineup. Since this isn't a full-fat F model, the IS 500 will take on rival German models like the BMW M340i, Audi S4, and the Mercedes-AMG C43.

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It's unknown which engine will power the new mystery Lexus F Sport model, however. The Lexus IS is sold with either a 2.0-liter turbo-four engine producing 241 hp and 258 lb-ft or a 3.5-liter V6 with 260 hp and 236 lb-ft on tap. Potentially, the new IS 500 could be offered with either a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 from the LS 500 or the 5.0-liter V8 that powers the RC F.

This 5.0-liter V8 will also reportedly power the new IS F. In the RC F, this unit produces 472 hp and 395 lb-ft of torque, but we expect the output will be detuned for the milder IS 500. We'll hopefully find out more soon, as more teasers inevitably get released.

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