2010 Lexus IS Convertible / IS250C / IS350C – Review – Car…

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2010 Lexus IS Convertible / / IS350C

Chasing—but not aping—the

Lexus is throwing another at the blue-and-white bull#x2019;s-eye that is Toyota#x2019;s luxury division that 30 percent of BMW 3-series are coupes and convertibles, and it wants a at that buffet. Introduced years ago and well into its generation#x2014;Toyota doesn#x2019;t act without study, apparently#x2014;the entry-luxury IS finally gets an additional style: a hardtop convertible.

In by the end of May, the two-door, four-seat and IS350C feature an aluminum roof that relies on 15 motors and 37 sensors to crack two panels and seamlessly belly-flop the waiting trunk. The process 20 seconds.

In most other the IS convertible varies not a nanometer the established Lexus path. every exterior panel and on the IS C is unique to the convertible (except the it looks to untrained eyes a sedan that has met a hacksaw. The choices#x2014;a 204-hp, 2.5-liter V-6 and a 3.5-liter V-6#x2014;are identical to the IS So are the transmission choices, which a six-speed manual is available in the and a six-speed automatic in both As expected, the IS convertible features fit and finish and, somewhat appealingly, Lexus dynamics.

More on that shortly. customers tend to be more the #x201C;what#x2019;s it come with?#x201D; the #x201C;what#x2019;ll she do?#x201D;

Luxurious to

The IS C is leather-equipped at base with a palette of exterior and interior wood or aluminized plastic an optional two-tone blue-and-beige scheme (we#x2019;ve dubbed it the edition#x201D;), and an optional wind There#x2019;s also a line of performance accessories including 19-inch wheels, a cold-air a cat-back exhaust, a short-throw for the six-speed manual, lowered and shocks, and a #x201C;track day#x201D; package that uses the calipers and cross-drilled rotors the Lexus IS F.

Convertibles are always heavier their sedan counterparts, to the need to shore up a roofless with gussets and braces. The IS C is not swelling by some 300 pounds to 3850 for the base IS250C. bolt-on trusses and V-braces as well as thicker rocker-panel box two crossbeams under the rear and a box-section beam under the posts, are installed to stiffen the both for driving and crashing.

We didn#x2019;t test its crashing but the IS C#x2019;s body is fairly for relaxed driving on good although even then we feel some shudder the steering column. Spring and tuning were changed the sedan#x2019;s, as were some bushings, to transmit less energy through the body. a technical way of saying the ride is a mushier so the body will less.


You feel it in corners this weighty ship and porpoises a bit more than the Acceleration in the IS350C feels although the open-air exhaust is just a humdrum hum. about six seconds to 60 mph for the 350C, perhaps two seconds, depending on the for the 250C. The electric-assist steering and are unchanged from those of the which we#x2019;ve always an agile traffic hacker if a enthusiastic apex duster an Infiniti or BMW machine.

A Crowded Segment

Speaking of the IS convertible debuts at almost the troubled moment for the auto as does the four-seat Infiniti G37 which is also targeted at bread-buttering 3-series. Comparisons are Let#x2019;s start with Lexus#x2019;s main hook. The starts at $39,365, about less than a BMW 328i and about $5000 less where Infiniti will price the G37 convertible.

Infiniti offers just the one 3.7-liter V-6 engine, whereas and BMW give you choices. Although decided to preserve the G37#x2019;s bod at the cost of trunk space, follows BMW#x2019;s pragmatic by stretching the rear outward and to create a usable trunk the top dropped. The IS C is 2.2 inches longer the IS sedan, and the rear decklid upward, leaving room for bags and flat luggage. even hold one of the full-size with the top down if you happen to get a It#x2019;s not as pretty as the Infiniti#x2019;s, but the rear seats offer leg space if the forward passengers are and slide up.

As with the 416-hp IS F, is chasing BMW with the IS C but doesn#x2019;t to become BMW. That be a relief to the Japanese brand#x2019;s satisfied and loyal customers, of whom might now take opportunity to improve their

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