Review of the New 2010 Lexus IS Convertible — Full New Car Details — Road…

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LEXUS IS250C

These new Lexus convertibles are elegant than sporty, but quite capable.

By Andrew May 15, 2009


It’s funny how and launched new similar cars at the same time. It happened the original LS400 and Q45 luxury back in the late-1980s. And now it’s again, this time hardtop convertibles #151; the is the market just ahead of the the latter a car I just drove at a press preview.

My first of the new Lexus? Favorable. Every panel except the hood is and this rear-driver looks with its top down, which the car’s aggressive canted-forward that’s complemented by an appealingly stance. Top up, the IS C is a tad less attractive, its 3-piece steel roof with those unattractive that are simply a fact of with this type of which does offer security than a soft

The top itself, designed and built by Lexus, works well, to be fully lowered or raised via a switch in only 20 seconds. says the IS top is the fastest on the market, an (no hydraulics) design that’s quiet. Of note, there are 15 motors and sensors in 37 locations and the trunk opens clamshell to accept the folding roof, just enough room in for a small bag of golf clubs the top is down. You can also slide, a suit bag, beneath the valance used to delineate the reserved for the top. By contrast, the G37 has almost no cargo room its top is down.

Unfortunately, with the new folding top comes added weight, in the of 360 to 380 lb, depending on model chosen. of the IS Convertible’s extra heft is structure, found primarily in its rockers, subframe braces, torque boxes and box-shaped supports located under and the rear seats. On a positive the weight balance of the IS C has moved a bit, improving to 50/50.

An IS250C is the base model, by a direct-injected 2.5-liter V-6 and priced at For standard everyday driving, 204-bhp engine gets the job (the car hits 60 in 8.4 sec), but Lexus does weigh lb. A manual transmission helps the 250’s power a bit better, but we very few of these new convertibles be sold with that

LEXUS IS250C

Much more invigorating a driving standpoint is the 306-bhp V-6 in the $43,949 IS350C, which the car to 60 in 5.8 seconds. This engine is far and its 6-speed paddle-shift automatic has a torque capacity than the in the 250. This gearbox smoothly, but it’s still not as as the blip-downshift paddle-shift automatic in the G37 Convertible.

Inside, the IS C is very much a meaning it’s handsomely and fitted with high-quality Top up, the well-lined roof doesn’t even when exiting at an angle #151; a testament to the good structure. Top down, noise is hardly noticeable, without the optional windblocker. The control, of note, automatically for ambient top-down air temperature by adjusting air flow volume and temperatures. For safety, six airbags are in the IS C, including knee airbags for the two occupants. The rear seats are suited for shorter folks, feel a bit pinched together by the thick body sides.

On the road, the IS25C and IS350C exhibit a well-snubbed ride reasonably compliant. Both are machines, and quite capable the road throws them curves. Nevertheless, based on my drive, the new Lexus convertibles feel quite as agile as the G37 On the other hand, they up for it with excellent overall superior refinement and sumptuous with excellent audio and options.

Come to think of it, hasn’t it been that way with and Infiniti?

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