New Lexus IS250C F-Sport review | first drive |

23 Янв 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »


Peter Anderson tests and reviews the new Lexus F-Sport.

The Lexus IS 250C has with us for a long, long and the convertible is due for a reboot soon with the rest of the range, by the new model unveiled at Detroit show this week.

to help keep sales and capitalise on the success of the F-Sport level which takes up 30 per of IS sales — there is now an wearing the F badge on the front panels.

With the F-Sport some visual and chassis it is a genuinely different car not as distanced as, BMW’s M Sport packages, but for us to have another look.

The F-Sport sits in the middle of a convertible range. The IS 250C kicks off at $76,800 while the Sports Luxury puts of clear air between itself and the F Sport.

The headline items on the F include sat-nav, Bluetooth, camera and front and rear assist, LED daytime running Xenon headlights, new grille and bumper and graphite 18-inch

All are powered by the same 2.5 litre V6, for 153kW and 252Nm of torque. variable valve timing and injection, the powerplant is properly — revvy, but so, so smooth.

The also benefits on the F-Sport silver stitching on the leather, pedals, a new roof lining and seat and dash trim. The themselves are electrically operated as is the wheel, which adjusts for and rake. The seats have memory positions, which store the steering wheel The front seats also heating and cooling.

Our test car also had the active control and pre-collision safety which is standard on the Sports The same enhancement pack the 12 speaker Mark Levinson with bluetooth and USB connectivity, $4615 before luxury car

The IS250 benefits from 48-month/100,000km warranty and as a Lexus you’ll never need to a dealer’s door again as long as you own the car, the company fetch it from you when it a service. Alternatively, if you so choose, will supply a loaner your car is serviced. You won’t get as standard from the European

Volvo’s folding hardtop C70 T5 is as as you’ll get for a genuine competitor. The T5S at $61,950 and packs Volvo’s (and thirsty) Ford-sourced turbo five cylinder. as slow as the Lexus, uses fuel and is not a sharp drive.

The T5 the pricier version has a shorter adds full leather, steering wheel and stereo and adaptive headlights and Volvo’s safety innovations. Both and parry each other for items but the Volvo’s newer is more coherent.

The fabric-roofed BMW 3 Convertible range starts at for the 320d. Developing 135kW and a 380Nm of torque, the diesel carry you to 100km/h in 8.4 seconds and a fuel figure of 5.1l/100km. You need to tick a few boxes achieving the same spec as the Lexus but there’s also a lot stuff to choose from.

After-sales service doesn’t close to matching Lexus’ offering and, like the IS, the E93 is to be sent on its way. Audi’s A5 is Audi’s closest contender, starts at $77,779 for a 125kW 1.8 litre petrol engine, and before the addition of the F-Sport the S-Line. The A5 bests the Lexus’ figures, but struggles with less power.

It also has a roof and substantially less Like the BMW, many will require ticking to the Lexus’ specification. The range to the $100,108 3.0 TFSI quattro. A left-field alternative is the sober EOS which starts at a tick $50,000 for the 103 TDI and just over mark for the 155TSI.

The IS 250C was at the 2008 Paris Motor andwell, is showing its era. front bumper to the A-pillar, the is as elegant as its gracefully ageing sibling (introduced in 2005), or be were it not for the tacked on plastic that form part of the package.

From top of the windscreen — and with the roof up it looks slabby and a bit of a mess. The arc doesn’t gel with the rest of the or identify well with the and the result is ungainly. The wheels too small and the accommodation for the folded called for a rising beltline magnifies the boot’s size and height. Lexus designers tried to disguise the rump by the size of the rear lights.

Once the roof is folded the proportions do improve, but it’s to hide that very backside. Another sign of the age is that the car must be stationary you can fold or unfold the roof, many rivals allow a pace to be maintained during the operation.

Being a Lexus, fit and is exceptional. Even on this design, everything is tight and the is beautiful. The roof’s folding barely makes a sound and little you do hear are reassuring clunks and whirrs. Materials in the are like any other Lexus, soft-feel plastics and supple on the seats.

It’s clear the wasn’t really intended for a as the central screen is angled the way — with the roof sunlight reflects into eyes and obscures the screen. The dials, though, are super-bright and set into the dash.

The 250C kindly be called a 2+2. is no centre seat in the rear and would have to be of the short, variety, with cropped or no to suffer the strong buffeting the wind at speed.

The IS250C the 2.5 litre V6 with the sedan. its advancing years, there are few that match it for smoothness and Direct injection and dual valve timing help the to 153kW at 6400rpm and 252Nm of at 4800rpm.

The car needs every kW and Nm, however, as it weighs in at a portly Missing is stop-start for fuel which would be handy its true thirst of 11.5l/100km. The 3.5 litre V6 is not available in Australian-delivered

Six airbags, including two kneebags (in of curtain airbags) are fitted to the Active safety features ABS, brake force traction control and stability A rear-facing camera is essential thankfully, standard on the IS250C you can’t see a thing behind you and almost impossible to judge the elephantine rear ends.

the roof up, the IS250C’s on road are not far at all from the 250 sedan’s. The overall manners of the F-Sport are, if an improvement despite firmer and dampers and bigger wheels. The chassis tweaks reduce and introduce a little more


The 250C’s rear-wheel drive are still apparent, but the extra of the 250C’s bracing blunt the Turn-in is a little woolly and it a lot earlier than you might With the roof folded things begin to deteriorate.

it’s no Saab 900 convertible had all the structural integrity of Rolf wobbleboard) the steering column in corners and over sharp and ridges in the road. It’s not but nor does it ever lose

The giveaway that the chassis coping is the way the front tyres like they’re struggling for even at low speeds, trying to everything on the straight and narrow. again, chucking an IS250C corners is missing the point.

far more of a boulevardier, a car you buy to carry you fun things while letting you fun on the way. It’s far more if you ease off and let the car dictate your Through it all, however, the is impeccable, even with the firmer disposition. It suits the of the car perfectly without letting get out of hand.

The engine struggles with the weight but, like a butler, never lets you it’s under pressure. The is sometimes a little jerky on the but only under a more-than-moderate or after an abrupt lift-off. The transmission can be actuated with wheel mounted paddles are actually nice to use.

the gearbox claims to be intelligent, it too long to drop a gear or two on descents. This is a problem using cruise control as you depend on the car to stay near the you’ve chosen, requiring intervention to slow the car.

The power steering system is to the car, but keen drivers notice a lack of feedback. Our car was fitted with Active Control, part of the Enhancement This option is a double-edged — you won’t have to the car in front but it lulls you into a of apathy — you’ll peer down and realise dawdling along much than the speed you’ve set you’re behind a slow-moving It’s far more useful in motorway traffic rather outright freeway cruising.

The IS is not long for this world but for buyers, it’s hardly an As a relaxed cruiser and almost-practical the IS250C is hard to beat as as you aren’t expecting class-leading It’s probably as middle of the as it’s possible to get but at the same leads the way on build quality, and driving refinement — the and ride are true standouts in a good package.

However it uses a lot more than most of its competitors, is on performance and some people find the looks challenging. But to buyers of a car like this, of that really matters. You help but enjoy a car like with the roof down on a summer’s evening. Added to the IS250C stands alone in class by having the security of a top roof and that might be enough to clinch it.

Lexus F-Sport

Price: from

Engine: 2.5-litre 6-cylinder,

Transmission: 6-speed auto, RWD

9.3L/100Km, CO2 219g/km



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