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2022 IS 500 F Sport Performance Launch Edition gets 472-hp V8 and a lot of premium add-ons

The 2022 Lexus IS 500 F Sport Performance Launch Edition will be the first Lexus IS 500 F Sport Performance out of the gate.

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The first 2022 Lexus IS 500 F Sport Performance model out of the gate will wear the Launch Edition badge and come loaded with a host of premium features on top if the rip-roaring V8 that it has under the hood.

The 2022 Lexus IS F Sport Performance Launch Edition, whose name is isn't also long as the 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition moniker but close, only will have 500 serialized units produced. It will be sold exclusively in North America.

For its TBD MSRP, buyers get the same 5.0-liter V8 engine that's in the IS 500 and generates 472 horsepower and 395 pound-feet of torque. The muscle car rides on 19-inch split-seven-spoke forged alloy Matte Black BBS wheels from the IS F Sport Dynamic Handling Package. The wheels are each four pounds lighter than the traditional 19-inch IS F Sport wheels.

2022 Lexus IS 500 F Sport Performance Launch Edition on the track

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Buyers don't get a paint color choice on the model. They'll all have an Incognito paint job, which looks similar to Audi's Nardo Gray. Incognito is a new color for the Lexus lineup.

The cabin of the Launch Edition model features two-tone black and gray Ultrasuede-trimmed front and rear seats, door accents, and center console. The car's leather-wrapped steering wheel has a silver ash wood treatment with black F Sport Performance badging.

Each model has a serialized Launch Edition badge showcasing its exclusivity.

When drivers turn on their car, a Launch Edition-specific animation features on the F Sport combination instrument cluster.

The car's MSRP and available options are not yet public information. Those are expected closer to the car's launch date.

2022 Lexus IS 500 F Sport Performance Launch Edition in the studio

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The 2022 IS 500 F Sport Performance and IS 500 F Sport Performance Launch Edition are expected to arrive in dealerships later this autumn.

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The 11th-generaiton Honda Civic Sedan has broken cover.

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Marie was a little bit country and Donny was a little bit rock and roll. The design of the redesigned 2022 Honda Civic Sedan looks a little bit modern and a little bit vintage - and it's all a heck of a lot less polarizing than the previous generation.

Today Honda has offered the first official fully lighted glimpse of the 11th-generation Civic, which is set to officially debut April 28. The design of the model was previewed last year with the Civic Prototype.

2022 Honda Civic Prototype The 2022 Honda Civic Prototype showed off a nearly production-ready design late last year. Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc

Honda openly admits that the look of the new Civic was inspired by the last. Head into the trove of internet photos of the fourth- and fifth-generation Civic to see parallels in design. Honda said that designers upheld Honda's human-centric design philosophy in the new model while also increasing the safety.

The result is a car that looks very much like a sedan but still retains sporty attributes. It also looks more like the Accord in this generation than the last. In the photo provided by Honda, the new Civic is in Touring trim level form.

Honda said that the car's interior design, which they haven't shown photos of yet, is "uncluttered", has "simple ergonomics", and delivers "exceptional visibility".

The 2022 Civic will arrive on dealership lots this summer.

Also this summer, the Honda Civic Tour will return for its 20th season. There will be two stops on the virtual tour that will be livestreamed on the Honda Stage YouTube channel. The first event will start at 5:00 p.m. PT, on April 28. The virtual concert event on Twitch will also give Civic Tour fans a special first look at the all-new 2022 Honda Civic Sedan around 6:00 p.m. PT, leading into the performance.

As previously announced, the all-new Civic Hatchback will follow Civic Sedan production by several months. Details about Civic Hatchback, to be manufactured by Honda in the United States for the first time in its history, will follow later this year. The Civic Hatchback will be built at the company's Indiana auto plant.

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The 2021 Lamborghini Sián Roadster is a smile maker.

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If you're not rich enough to have an automaker completely craft you a one-off from scratch, the next best thing is to take full advantage of the company's vehicle customization options. There's usually a special devision that takes care of this. At Aston Martin, it's Q. Bentley has Mulliner and Porsche offers up their Manufaktur department.

Lambroghini's Ad Personam customization program offers five key areas where customers can make the vehicle they order unique. Specialists assist customers at every step of the process, taking into consideration their demands as craftspeople create the vehicle that's ordered.

The choice of 348 unique colors.

Lamborghini Ad Personam paint colors

Lamborghinis are offered in a wide variety of colors.

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Though not every color is available in every region of the world, there are 348 total options offered to customers. Americans tend to be the most demanding, requesting 20 percent of the custom colors that Ad Personam offers up, followed by customers in Asia Pacifica and EMEA region.

Take the car to the next level with diamond dust paint.

All that glitters isn't always gold. Sometimes it's diamonds. Ad Personam offers Lamborghinis with a new transparent paint that includes micro crystals in the form of diamond dust. This dust undergoes a unique processing technique and is applied to the bodywork of the supercar, giving it an iridescent sheen that changes color according to reflections of the light at that moment.

Add a unique work of art.

Lamborghini's talented upholstery department has seen it all. In addition to the typical orders, they're able to take special requests for unique decorations and embroidery, from the seat logo, hand-stitched rather than hot-embossed, to the initials embroidered inside the passenger compartment.

Some of the most creative options requested by buyers include creating branches and peach blossoms, portraits of the customer or their beloved pet, designs in street art style with the bull, and "splash-effect" color (like in the Aventador S by Skyler Grey), to images of the skyline of their favorite city.

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