First Drive: 2010 Lexus IS250 C and IS350 C prove that going topless isn't always freeing – Autoblog

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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 from Lexus, there’s to be new luxury bits on top of the regular bits found in the standard IS. The output and stereo volume based on the top’s position and a input control provides response to the sun when enjoying the If you opt for the Luxury Package, the ten-way seats include a one-touch and slide function.

Tack on the Parking Assist system and will detect obstacles the rear of the convertible that impede the operation of the roof. new for the IS Convertible: the front seats increased ventilation for cooling, and the elements have been in the seat shoulders good for when the top is down in chilly

Additionally, Bluetooth music can be paired for wireless operation, the nav an auto-fill feature like text, voice commands can be informal (e.g. Call Bob at and there’s even an option for Start Assist on manual cars.

There are seven exterior colors, the most being the Ultasonic Blue previously exclusive to the IS F. Inside, the are alabaster and black, and this is that wilder side to play an alabaster and blue interior. Like the sun that shine upon it, the two-tone is the source of serious polarity. If you it, it’s there for you. If you you’re back to black or white.

But Lexus’ wild isn’t limited to its optional leather hides. It’s the entire package, with an on the driving experience.

As with the the IS convertible comes in three the IS 250C is available with a six-speed manual or automatic, and IS is packaged exclusively equipped the self-shifting six-speed. In either the automatic comes complete Sport modes and paddleshifters, and pack a new albeit late the ability to change gears switching into Sport. the paddles in Drive and you’ve got manual control.

Don’t for 15 seconds, and the system reverts to Drive and resumes control.

A refresher on the sedan’s dynamics are in The six-speed IS 250 four-door covers the reasonably well. It’s keep the revs above grand and you’ll hear the and feel the urge. It’s the nicely finished cabin has the controls in the right places.

And it handles: the chunky steering offers balanced resistance to and if you’re steady with the and pay attention to your line, the stays admirably flat and around corners. It’s a balance of sport and luxury, the only issues being a gearshift (new bushings fix that) and the snappy brake and (a more involved fix, but two now synonymous with the brand). the kind of sedan that you horsepower isn’t everything, as the IS 250 has 204 hp to motivate its 3,455-pound four-door

Lexus IS250

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 IS 350C makes a lot more The additional 102 hp and another 66 pounds the IS 250C makes for a significantly driving experience.

The handling is more feather pillow fast sweeper, but all those ponies and the attendant 5.8-second mph (1.4 seconds quicker the 328i auto) simply the soft edges of handling. It quicker, rolls a little steers a little better, and makes the IS350 C almost a in kind, not just degree, to the 250C. You can get things done in car.

And enjoy it a little. And shop.

If you’re among who want the IS C but don’t want to anything, know that is the kind of car that the F-Sport was made for. Aesthetically, the wheels, giant brakes and big calipers change the car’s from mere bunny to something that ought to be Thumper. On the 350C, you can leave the as is, just add the Bilstein shocks, bar kit, and performance exhaust and not only look the business, do it as well.

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.

through the lens of brand, if you a convertible Lexus and you have from $38,480 to spend on the IS 250 C to $43,940 for the IS 350 C (plus $875 for then all you need do is choose a and you’ll be happy. And as for those dreams that convertible are apparently full of, a quick will provide plenty of to decide whether there’s soul in this topless for you. In either case, at as compared to Lexus’ aging we think that there’s ‘wild’ in either IS C than is in a whole year’s worth of Planet.

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