Late next month, the new 2010 Lexus IS
250C and 350C retractable hardtops will begin rolling into dealerships, offering buyers the all-season security of a steel-roofed coupe
coupled with the sun-chasing charm of a purpose built convertible
. Base price for the IS 250C, which uses the same 204-horsepower/2.5-liter V6 as the IS 250 Sedan
, will open at $39,365 with the standard six-speed manual gearbox and $40,535 with the six-speed automatic. Fitted with the 306-horse/3.5-liter V6 from the IS 350 four-door, the top-line, autoshift-only IS 350C is set to start at $44,815. The transformation process from sedan
to open-and-shut two-door was a comprehensive undertaking. Only the hood carries over, and the new doors are 11.8 inches longer to ease access/egress from the rear-seat area. Separated by a pull-down armrest, each of the individual buckettes has been moved inward to improve head- and leg room. A number of structural reinforcements and suspension tweaks help maintain overall rigidity and handling prowess, while the Sedan's comprehensive Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management system is augmented by additional energy-absorbing materials and larger seat-mounted side airbags to help protect passengers in a side impact.