Lexus IS250 convertible review |

2 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Lexus IS250 convertible review |
Lexus IS250

Lexus IS250


The fresh-air IS is the second convertible in the range but is tauter, has enough for four adults, a reasonable and competitively priced. Photo

Paul Gover road and reviews the Lexus IS-250 at its Australian launch.

A small of spring sunshine cuts the winter chill this

It comes from the Lexus IS a droptop with a difference. Or

For a start, it has four roomy And it is relatively affordable with from $79,900. And it proves that Lexus really can do cars, even if they have a BMW or Benz badge, it moves away from

The hardtop convertible is surprisingly and enjoyable to drive, even if it do with a bit more punch. And extra boot space you’re running top-down.

The C is the second stretch from the IS, following the grunty, V8-powered It should have been the and third, because the original was to build both a coupe and a convertible from the basis of the sedan.

But smart thinking, a bit of research _ and a second look at the _ showed Lexus that customers really want a which can do an origami transformation to for the sun.

So the 250C got the go-ahead and boss Kiiechi Yoneda, a expert who is also responsible for the fibre work on the upcoming LF-A supercar, decided to go for an inhouse roof job with panels and electric operation. And an on stiffening.

Our development concept key was ‘open’. And we wanted to maximise the pleasure with the roof he says in Australia this

As you would expect, we started the from the top down. And all exterior except only four – bonnet, headlamps, mirrors and door handles were designed exclusively for the

So the second Lexus after the SC, a soft cruiser, is intended for who enjoy driving and not just or posing.

That’s why it has – them – seven strengthening panels below the a tail end set to minimise cabin and a suspension system which has comprehensively tweaked from the IS.

There is a weight penalty of 130 kilograms over the sedan, 60 down to the roof, another 60 in and 10 kilos in things like the cover and folding rear

The mechanical package is familiar and from the 153 kiloWatt 2.5-litre V6 to the six-speed sequential automatic and rear-wheel drive. Suspension is independent and there is anti- braking, ESP stability control and

There are three models in the ISC starting with the Prestige and through Sports to Sports at $99,900. The numbers give the car at a $15,000 edge over its rivals, led by the BMW 3-Series convertible, and is talking tough despite aiming for around 25 sales a

I like to think our competition is over-priced. Our pricing is not apologetic, realistic, says Lexus John Roca.

Unlike our we’ve long believed consumers need simplicity in ownership and purchase experience.

The ISC is a car. It drives well the top up and with the top down there is no shaking or wind rush.

This comes as a major after the SC _ which makes the Celica look like a car _ and because Lexus could have shortcut and cashed-in a advantage over its European from Audi, BMW, Saab and Volvo.

Instead, the car different enough from a IS to turn a few heads, the quality is on the button, there is good inside and the droptop conversion is and effective.

The attention to detail runs to an electric passenger which operates twice as as a four-door IS, to make rear-seat quicker and easier. And the back really has space for two adults.

The car was tested in Australia to check its sealing and rigidity, on a trip year when Yoneda that blowflies do not taste

Lexus IS250

Still, the roof will fold when you are completely and the top-down storage is not good. It be as good as its rivals but it looks you’re short-changed when you so much from the top-up space, and when Lexus there is a package for luggage in the seat.

The ISC gets along enough, with a neutral balance and solid brakes, the ESP steps in far too early in corners and the gearbox still wants to control with automatic when you want to hold a for corners.

Sporty drivers appreciate the 3.5-litre engine, could be coming, but the 2.5 makes it a package.

The ISC feels like a with the roof up and loses little in strength when it is with just a minor through the body over and zero loss of suspension through bumps and undulations. were a couple of minor in the press preview car, but which could not be cured a visit to a Lexus-style technician.

Best of all, when you put the top there is only very wind ruffling up to 110km/h and you have to shout at your

The new Lexus is a match for the best in its on all the important convertible points for the price, it is a clear winner.

IS 250C

Price: from to $99,900

Engine: 2.5-litre V6


Torque: 252Nm/4800revs

six-speed automatic, rear-wheel

Performance: top speed 210km/h, 9.0s

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