Lexus IS 250 C hardtop convertible debuts
It’s been in the works for years, but Toyota has finally got off their lazy asses and built it. The Lexus IS convertible just debuted at the 2008 Paris Auto Show. Called the IS 250 C, it features a folding metal top and revised overall dimensions.
The new convertible uses the 208 hp 2.5-litre V6 from the existing non-GCC IS 250 sedan. Expect to see the GCC-spec 3.0-litre V6 if the car makes it to Dubai.
The IS 250 C actually has longer front and rear overhangs than the tightly-designed sedan, and the convertible version looks longer too.
The aluminium hardtop folds down in 20 seconds, which Lexus claims is the quickest ever made.
The interior is largely the same as that of the sedan, differing only in back half. The rear seats are now even more cramped. Twin roll-hoops are fixed behind the rear headrests, instead of the pop-up design used in other upscale convertibles.
The overall design could’ve been better, considering how bloated it looks from the rear, but at least Lexus now has a wider range in its compact line-up. We always support reliable alternatives to German luxo-sports models.