First Drive: 2010 Lexus IS250 C and IS350 C prove that going topless isn't…

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First Drive: 2010 IS250 C and IS350 C prove going topless isn’t freeing

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When researched the target demographic for its IS and IS 350C, respondents were what they wanted to do and in their convertibles. When the came back, Lexus that no matter how much and champagne and sun and moonlight were the scenario always included at two people doing one thing: in NSFW activities. So the new IS convertible was to fulfill those dreams, and to Lexus, this duo of folding represents the automaker’s wild But does Lexus even a wild side? Make the to find out.

Photos 2009 Jonathon Ramsey / Inc

Shot with a Nikon D70 and 18-200 lens

The IS is classed as an luxury convertible, and as such, it up against competitors like the BMW Volvo C70, upcoming A5 cabrio and the now-departed Mercedes convertible. Despite its various and competition, it’s clear the IS C’s design couldn’t be for anything outside of the Lexus The changes made to its rear-end are and create a compelling and markedly look from its sedan (the two don’t share any panels). The front and rear have been redesigned greater angularity: the front dip lower and the arrowhead face is pronounced, while out back, a LED brake light notates an deck lid, and the trunk and angles are even more with the taillights nearly the license plate area.

The voluminous back end looks like the C70 than the 328. The has the same width and wheelbase as the but it’s 2.2-inches longer, and from housing the retractable that extra bit of metal reduces the IS’ heightened From the side, the eye makes an sweep over the convertible, by the sculpted shoulders where the meets the trunk, topped by that glide down to the With the top up, you get 10.8 cubic of space enough, we’re to fit four folks and their bags. With the top down, have 2.36 cubic to work with, and if you opt for the run-flat a little bit more.

That trunk is needed to house the fastest opening three-piece hardtop. Fifteen motors and 37 put it away and get it back out in 20 seconds. the good part. The not-so-good is that you can’t stow the while the car is in motion. Most of the this won’t make difference, but if you ever need to put the top up at a especially if it’s a light unfamiliar with then 20 feels like an archaeological If the light turns green you’re still doing thing, your choice is to awkwardly with the top half or to make everyone else Frankly, if this were the that had to be made, we would taken a slower moving top could operate at modest

Underneath that raised is where the game of inches is The doors are nearly a foot than those on the sedan and open wider, making an easy affair. In a reversal of the order, there is an inch headroom up front. However, the typical story for those in the only half an inch headroom then the sedan, but inches less leg room, inches less shoulder and ten inches less hip room. not as bad as it might sound if the driver an NBA guard and he’s willing to a bit of leg room, a person of average will be fine for a local But the fixed rear center takes away the option of around to find a little room.

Naturally, with any new model Lexus, there’s bound to be new bits on top of the regular luxury found in the standard IS. The HVAC and stereo volume auto-adjust on the top’s position and a solar control provides increased to the sun when enjoying the environment. If you opt for the Package, the ten-way adjustable include a one-touch tilt and function. Tack on the Intuitive Assist system and radar detect obstacles towards the of the convertible that could the operation of the roof. Also new for the IS the front seats have ventilation for cooling, and the heating have been included in the shoulders good stuff for the top is down in chilly weather. Bluetooth music players can be for wireless operation, the nav uses an feature like predictive voice commands can be more (e.g. Call Bob at home), and even an option for Hill Assist on manual transmission

There are seven available colors, the most notable the Ultasonic Blue Mica exclusive to the IS F. Inside, the options are and black, and this is where wilder side starts to an alabaster and blue two-tone Like the sun that will upon it, the two-tone affair is the of serious polarity. If you like it, there for you. If you don’t, back to black or (off) But Lexus’ wild side limited to its optional tinted hides. It’s about the package, with an emphasis on the experience.

As with the sedan, the IS comes in three flavors: the IS is available with either a manual or automatic, and IS 350C is exclusively equipped with the six-speed. In either model, the comes complete with modes and paddleshifters, and both a new albeit late feature: the to change gears without into Sport. Snap the in Drive and you’ve got full control. Don’t shift for 15 and the system reverts back to and resumes control.

A quick on the sedan’s dynamics are in order: The IS 250 four-door covers the fundamentals well. It’s brisk: the revs above three and you’ll hear the sound and the urge. It’s comforting: the finished cabin has the right in the right places. And it handles: the steering wheel offers resistance to inputs, and if you’re with the controls and pay attention to line, the IS250 stays flat and composed around It’s a 50-50 balance of and luxury, with the only being a wobbly gearshift bushings would fix that) and the brake and clutch (a more fix, but two things now synonymous the brand). It’s the kind of that reminds you horsepower everything, as the IS 250 has just 204 hp to motivate its four-door frame.


Conversely, the motoring story of the IS versus their four-door is analogous to those two extra in length mentioned earlier: details seemed to make differences in the car’s behavior.

The IS 250 C all of the static accolades of the sedan, but it us bereft dynamically with that emphasized luxury sport. At 3,840 pounds equipped with a manual it weighs almost 400 pounds than the sedan, and every one of pounds is devoted to sapping out of the convertible. Granted, the IS C is 15% stiffer the four-door and uses a stiffer, front and rear suspension, but no mistake, this convertible is for the boulevard. From a standstill, 60 mph in an estimated 8.4 seconds only a second slower than the (1.7 seconds slower BMW’s 328i manual), but the driver’s seat, it feels far than Lexus’ claimed

That’s probably not all down to the weight both the steering and felt like they set on shopping. But since that composes a healthy portion of the active duty, it’s not a bad thing. provided you are more about making the scene making a tidy line a corner.

To our enthusiast minds, the 306-hp IS makes a lot more sense. The 102 hp and another 66 pounds over the IS makes for a significantly better experience. The handling is still feather pillow than sweeper, but all those extra and the attendant 5.8-second 0-60 mph seconds quicker than the auto) simply smother the edges of handling. It goes rolls a little less, a little better, and that the IS350 C almost a difference in not just degree, compared to the You can get things done in this And enjoy it a little. And still

If you’re among those who the IS C but don’t want to sacrifice know that this is the of car that the F-Sport line was for. Aesthetically, the 19-inch giant brakes and big blue change the car’s look mere bunny rabbit to that ought to be called On the 350C, you can leave the engine as is, add the Bilstein shocks, sway bar and performance exhaust and you’ll not look the business, you’ll do it as

While Lexus contends the IS C represents its wilder side, qualify that with: It on what you consider wild. talking about the wild of one of the most historically conservative in all of autodome, which means our point could be considered to the right than other If you like your wild on the go, the IS 350 sedan is practically untamed the IS 350 C is a great zoo, and the IS 250 C is a petting zoo a cow, some ducks and a of sheep. If you think wild you need to apply sunscreen at either IS C fulfills the definition.

Viewed through the lens of if you want a convertible Lexus and you anywhere from $38,480 to on the IS 250 C manual to $43,940 for the IS 350 C (plus for destination), then all you need do is a droptop and you’ll be happy. And as for salacious dreams that owners are apparently full of, a drive will provide of opportunity to decide whether enough soul in this model for you. In either at least as compared to Lexus’ SC430, we think that more ‘wild’ in either IS C there is in a whole year’s of Animal Planet.



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