The 2023 Lexus IS 500 sits in a different class than what the IS F did back in the day, competing with the BMW M340i as opposed to the BMW M3.

Lexus cancelled the IS F performance in 2014, much to the chagrin of many auto aficionados, and ever then, many have pleaded for its revival. 

The brand-new 2023 Lexus IS 500 F Sport Performance comes the closest to the original, despite not being an exact reproduction. 

It's a good rival for the BMW M340i thanks to the restoration of the screaming 5.0-liter V8 engine from the original.

According to Lexus, the IS 500 is the first vehicle to occupy a prominent position in the new "F Sport Performance" portfolio,  ....

above the cars in the F Sport line that are purely for aesthetic reasons. 

This implies that the 2023 IS 500 competes with the M340i rather than the more extreme BMW M3, placing it in a different class than the IS F did back in the day. 

We pit a noticeably austere yet sporty BMW against a crisp and athletic Lexus.

Savage Lexus IS 500 F-Sport Vs Conservative BMW M340i

The IS 500 F-Sport received a significant redesign from Lexus that included a broader stance and more contemporary trademark lighting. 

With quad-exit exhaust tips, a higher hood, and slick-looking black emblems, the new model has a more aggressive appearance. 

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