Everyone needs a license to drive, but with the IS 500 F SPORT Performance, Lexus is here to give car lovers a “License to Thrill.”

Like a glimpse of the future, this all-new Lexus model will excite drivers and car connoisseurs (and anyone in between) with its naturally aspirated V8 engine, 395 lb-ft of rip-roaring torque, and 472 horsepower* that can take you from 0-60 in 4.40 seconds**. In fact, this agile pure sport sedan is the most powerful IS ever. To prove it, Lexus hosted its own “License to Thrill” competition, inviting 14 auto enthusiasts to test the new IS 500 on the track, even enlisting professional Lexus Motorsports drivers Townsend Bell, Jack Hawksworth, and Aaron Telitz to give them a few pointers. From there, each driver took to the track, racing for a chance to secure one of the top five spots and get early access to the IS 500. To rev up the experience, Lexus surprised the driver with the fastest time by gifting them a brand new IS 500 outright. We all know they earned it.

So get inspired and hit the open road—your “License to Thrill” is waiting for you. 

*Ratings achieved using the required premium unleaded gasoline with an octane rating of 91 or higher. If premium fuel is not used, performance will decrease.

**AMCI Testing Certified. Performance figures are for comparison only and were obtained with prototype vehicles by professional drivers.