Lexus has offered the very first retractable hard-top in the popular premium-luxury convertible segment with SC 430.
They have even applied great engineering techniques from SC430 to the new IS C models. The ground breaking result can be seen on the 2014 Lexus IS C. This is one vehicle people will be "wowwing" and "oohing" about in the years to come.
|Vehicle Type: Coupe||Base Price: $ 42,710|
|Fuel Tank Capacity: 17.2 gals (65 L)||Miles Per Gallon: 21 city / 30 hwy|
|Length: 182.5 in. (463.5 cm)||Wheel Base: 107.5 in. (273 cm)|
|Height: 55.7 in. (141.5 cm)||Width: 70.9 in. (180 cm)|
|Curb Weight: 3806 lbs (1726 kg)||Ground Clearance: NA|
|Luggage Capacity: 10.8 cu ft||Maximum Seating: 4 people|
|Engine: 2.5 Liter V6 w/ VVT-i||Compression Ratio: 12.0: 1|
|Horsepower: 204 HP||Max RPM: 6400 RPM|
|Torque: 185 lb-ft @4800 rpm||Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic|
|0-60 mph: 8.4 seconds||Maximum Speed: 131 mph* (211 km/h)|
* Limited electronically
The new Lexus IS Convertible comes in two versions; IS 250 C and IS 350 C. The IS 250C has a 2.5 liter V6 engine which delivers 204 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque. The 250C is available in the Sport trim.
The car is made of lightweight aluminum to ensure a smooth, low-noise roof operation. Basically, the roof closes silently; thanks to the brake system that simply slows when the roof is being retracted or opened by its closing system. When this top is stowed, the lock assembly may be engaged to keep the panel in a fixed and stable position.
The exterior features include creases that run along the belt-line and the rear half into the rear tail lamps, that go well with integrated LED strips and headlamps and some devil-horn rear reflectors.
The inside is even better. The 4- seat interior exudes a high level of comfort and luxury. You get a leather-trimmed 10-way adjustable front seats that have lumbar support. As a driver, you can even choose from some heated or ventilated front seats; this heating range actually includes the shoulder area.
The rear seats are also positioned slightly inboard in order to allow for more room and comfort. Lexus has ensured easy ingress with a one-touch feature that will automatically fold the front seat and then move it forward. The rear-seat console includes cup holders plus storage.
Other features include a16-disc, in-dash CD changer, 8 speakers, satellite radio receiver, Bluetooth connectivity, automatic phone-book download, USB/iPod connectivity and Bluetooth music streaming.