2010 Lexus IS Convertible / IS250C / IS350C - First Drive Review - Car and Driver

Lexus is throwing another dart at the blue-and-white bull’s-eye that is BMW. Introduced nine years ago and well into its second generation—Toyota doesn’t act without exhaustive study, apparently—the entry-luxury IS sedan finally gets an additional body style: a hardtop convertible. In most other respects, the IS convertible varies not a nanometer from the established Lexus path. The engine choices—a 204-hp, 2. 5-liter V-6 and a 306-hp, 3. 5-liter V-6—are identical to the IS sedan’s. So are the transmission choices, which mean a six-speed manual is available in the IS250C and a six-speed automatic in both models. As expected, the IS convertible features Lexus fit and finish and, somewhat less appealingly, Lexus dynamics. The IS C is leather-equipped at base with a full palette of exterior and interior hues, wood or aluminized plastic trim, an optional two-tone blue-and-beige interior scheme (we’ve dubbed it the “Nautica edition”), and an optional wind blocker. There’s also a line of F-Sport performance accessories including forged 19-inch wheels, a cold-air intake, a cat-back exhaust, a short-throw shifter for the six-speed manual, lowered springs and shocks, and a “track day” brake package that uses... Source: www.caranddriver.com