The new Lexus IS 250C should be on sale here by January 2010, when full details of equipment specifications and prices will be announced.
It combines the sharp styling of the IS saloon range with open-top engineering ingenuity. The result is top-down driving pleasure with uncompromised dynamic performance.
Lexus tells us the new IS 250C has been engineered to achieve excellent aerodynamics, torsional rigidity, NVH levels, and safety performance in both coupe and convertible configurations.
The lightweight roof structure can be opened or closed in 20 seconds, which Lexus says is the fastest time for any three-part folding roof system on the market. And thanks to the compact packaging of the folding mechanism, it takes up minimal space in the boot, giving the car class-leading load space, generous rear seat access and spacious rear passenger accommodation.
The IS 250C shares its 204bhp, 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 tells us that it has engineered and equipped the car to achieve a top five-star rating in independent Euro NCAP crash testing.
The IS 250C is the third model in the IS r ange, joining the petrol and diesel IS saloons, and the ultra-high performance IS-F.