2009 Lexus IS 250C — Car Review | CarShowroom.com.au

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2009 Lexus IS 250C Car Review

Anticipation was high in the Car office when word was around that Lexus had a new IS heading our way for a week.

The stunning hard top — the first variant of the successful IS 250 sedan is a genuine four-seater and, as one from Lexus, features a of high-tech driving aids and features.

What the market expect was the sharp pricing entry to the three-model IS 250C a surprising $79,900.

What You Get

on the IS 250 sedan platform, the convertible is an engineering masterpiece with re-design and development to support not the three-piece metal folding but also to ensure the trademark driving dynamics transfer to top motoring.

Transformation from to convertible requires the push of one button and takes just 20

And with the roof up or down, the IS looks magnificent with proportions and styling, a purposeful and genuine on-road #039;presence#039;.

The Hood

Power comes Lexus#039; silky-smooth 2.5-litre Cam multi-valve direct injection V6

Maximum power is 153kW at rpm and peak torque of 252 Nm is delivered at rpm.

The combined cycle economy is 9.3l/100kms and CO2 emissions are

Drive is via a six-speed electronically automatic with steering paddle shifters for manual

The Interior

Make no mistake, the IS is a genuine four-seater — the of the front seat frames an arch design which 20mm of leg and knee room for seat passengers.

All four have individual sculptured and those in the rear have own center console.

Naturally there is leather thick, high quality and even the individual heating for the seats has been increased by 20 per over the sedan model to you warm with the top down.

The control air-conditioning has also ramped-up and has an #039;Open#039; mode for use the roof is down. Airflow can be in this mode which ambient temperatures, vehicle and even sunlight strength to things comfortable.

Likewise the with a higher-contrast multi-function LCD screen and new dial colors to easier reading with the top

Three trim colors are — Mellow White, and Silver Pearl — range-topping Sports Luxury have Dark Brown or Wood trim.

As per the IS 250 sedan, the and instrument clusters are stylish and laid-out. The driving position is and we particularly liked the beautifully and sculptured transmission paddle on the steering wheel — no plastic offerings from

Prestige and Sport models an eight-speaker audio system range-topping Sports Luxury secure a 12-speaker Mark system.

All models receive six a reversing camera with assist, stability and traction Sports and Sports Luxury gain Active Cruise and the Pre-Collision System which seat belt and emergency efficiency.

Exterior Styling

designers started from a base with IS 250, but the version is visually jaw-dropping when viewed from the or the rear.

At the front, the stylish grille and large cool air are complimented by curved halogen (High Intensity Discharge on Luxury) while the rear are large LED displays.

Deep sculpture lines at the side and the curves around the edge of the roof are elegant.

The itself has three aluminium and a large 3.1mm thick glass rear window.

played a big role in the IS 250C#039;s For starters the drag coefficient is 0.29 (just 0.02 higher than the sedan).

minimizing wind noise the roof down was a big factor.

diffusers help the overall package and provide increased for high-speed handling.

The bootlid forwards for the hard-top function and at the rear conventionally for the boot litres with the roof or 553 litres when closed). says the cargo area can two full-size golf bags and two suitcases.

Cleverly four in the luggage cover prevent the being operated when it is too to do so.

On The Road

Over our test of city, suburban and mountain it was the Lexus IS 250C with the closed that was most While many soft and top convertibles compromise their enjoyment with too much of outside noise, the Lexus supreme because it remains so

We tackled our high-speed mountain with the roof closed and and could not detect a change in — there was no sign of the or groans that often high speed driving in Naturally there was some disturbance around your but a lot less than many we have tested — and isn#039;t that the point of top motoring?

The IS 250C runs suspension and the ride is sporty and — like European vehicles. We liked the overall which provided nice precision and cornering balance.

With the roof up, rear vision was a little restricted but remained a breeze thanks to the reversing camera.


Our complaint with the IS 250C was to the rear seat.

The front have electronic controls to them forwards and also the seatback forwards however into the rear was still a tad


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