What is it?
This is the Lexus IS 250C convertible. Lexus has been late into the CC game, or so it would seem. While BMW, Audi, Merc and others churn out one open-topper after another, Lexus has been biding its time.
Some will recall the sleek LF-C concept as the inspiration for the IS 250C, but that was way back in 2005. Lexus certainly hasn’t rushed this one and, after a spirited afternoon’s drive through the mountains, we’d say the four-seat cabrio IS 250C has been worth the long wait.
The Laid-back Lexus IS 250C is no road burner, but it is seriously polished in the way it rides, steers, cruises and brakes. Visually, it also cuts the right kind of dash, especially top down.
The IS 250C has the same wheelbase as the recently made-over IS saloon, but all body panels aft of the reconfigured front screen are bespoke. The star act, of course, is that trick, three-stage, electrically-operated metal roof, which folds up and down in just 20 seconds.
Crucially, the conversion, which brings extensive underfloor bracing hasn’t impaired the packaging, so there is still genuine space to seat four normal-sized adults. It does add 160kg to the weight, though, and rear vision through the narrow rear glass isn’t great.