The new Lexus IS 250C, which will go on sale this summer, combines the sharp styling of the IS saloon range with open-top engineering ingenuity.
The Lexus IS 250C shares its 204bhp (208 DIN hp) 2.5-litre V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission with the IS 250 saloon. It is styled to minimise wind turbulence when driving with the roof stowed, while extensive revisions to the body structure and suspension provide a high level of torsional rigidity. This ensures ride comfort and, when the car is in coupe guise, class-leading NVH performance. Where safety is concerned, Lexus has engineered and equipped the car to achieve a top five-star rating in independent Euro NCAP crash testing.
The Lexus IS 250C is the third model in the IS Range, joining the petrol and diesel IS saloons and the ultra-high performance IS-F.
The Lexus IS 250C builds on the L-finesse design characteristics of the IS saloon, with elegant proportions, sweeping lines and contrasting convex and concave surfacing. In spite of its close relationship to the saloon, it only shares a handful of common body elements: bonnet, headlamps, door handles and door mirrors. All other body panels have been redesigned to harmonise with the convertible’s folding roof. In profile the IS 250C is characterised by muscular coachwork below a pronounced, rising beltline that kicks up towards the rear. At the rear there are new combination light clusters with distinctive linear LED illumination, and a high-mounted LED stop light built into the upper lip of the boot lid.
The Lexus IS 250C folding roof structure is made entirely of lightweight aluminium and has the fastest opening and closing time of any three-part roof at 20 seconds.
Developed with the benefit of the quality and attention to detail Lexus gained with its SC convertible, the folding hard top uses 15 motors and 35 sensors to achieve an unparalleled level of smooth, seamless and silent operation.
The Lexus IS 250C has been designed to achieve a maximum five-star rating in both Euro and US NCAP crash testing, offering world-class safety in both coupe and convertible configuration.