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Lexus Reveals IS Convertible at Paris Motor Show Bookmark
TORRANCE, Calif. (Oct. 2, 2008) – Lexus today revealed the IS retractable hard-top
convertible at the 2008 Paris Motor Show.  Continuing the performance and styling trends set by
the IS luxury sport sedans, the IS 250C and IS 350C will come to the U.S. in the late spring of
2009.
Featuring a three-panel roof that opens in just 21 seconds, the new IS 250C and IS 350C
provide the spirited sophistication of a convertible and the sporty styling of a coupe.  While the
hood, headlamps, door handles and mirrors are common to the exterior of the IS sedans, all other
body panels have been designed to blend seamlessly with the new three-panel aluminum folding
roof.
Powered by the same powertrain as the IS sedans, the IS 250C features a 2.5-liter, 204-hp
V6 mated to a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission; the IS 350C contains a 3.5-
liter, 306-hp with a six-speed automatic.  Revisions to the body structure and suspension provide
torsional stiffness and ride comfort with the top down, and low Lexus-like Noise, Vibration and
Harshness (NVH) on par with the IS sedan when in coupe configuration.

The three-panel roof structure is completely constructed of lightweight aluminum that helps
achieve smooth, quiet retraction.  Unlike many retractable-roof mechanisms that increase in speed
due to the weight of the structure, a unique roof-brake mechanism slows the closing roof-panels as
they approach the windscreen area, ensuring easy retraction just before closure.  In addition, the
top completely retracts with no elements remaining in view.  The three-panel folding aluminum roof
also helps provide compact packaging and convenient luggage space.
 The IS 250C and IS 350C’s new exterior design provides dynamic, unique styling when
interchanging between convertible and coupe configurations.  A sleek aerodynamic design and a
collection of underbody covers help achieve its lowest possible drag coefficient – 0.29 Cd versus
the IS sedan’s 0.27 Cd – while creating minimal wind turbulence on the cabin.  An acoustic glass
windshield, along with optimized seals on the roof, door and window panels, contributes to lower
wind-noise levels.
A new fog-lamp design is integrated in the revised front air dam.  The rear overhang
increases by two inches to improve luggage space, providing storage for two golf bags in coupe
configuration and one in a convertible.  New combination tail-lamp clusters feature LED lights; a
LED brake light is integrated within the standard rear spoiler.  
The interior maintains the innovation and luxury touch points associated with the IS sport
sedans, while new comfort and entertainment features provide a consistent atmosphere regardless
of top configuration.  Instrument gauges have been revised to help increase visibility during top-
down driving, and the climate-control system has a speed-sensitive control feature that
automatically increases air flow when the top is down while also automatically adjusting to vehicle
speed.
The sound system has an equalizer-tuning feature that provides consistent audio whether
the top is up or down, and it also automatically adapts to the natural loss of bass when the top is
down.
 With a four-seat configuration, the IS 250C and IS 350C’s rear seats feature a center
console with built-in cup holders.  In addition to front doors that are 11.8 inches longer than the IS
sedans, a new one-touch automatic mechanism provides easier egress and ingress through quick-
acting, front-seat fold-and-slide activation.  Rear-seat comfort is enhanced by shifting seat position
inboard, providing improved headroom.  The front seat backs are configured to also provide better
rear-seat legroom.
 All body and chassis revisions have gone through extensive testing to ensure that the
IS 250C and IS 350C have nearly identical NVH characteristics as the IS sedans, while still
providing a consistent blend of driving performance and comfort in convertible or coupe
configuration.  They share common double-wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension systems
with the IS sport sedan models.  
A number of body-structure changes have been integrated in the IS 250C and IS 350C to
augment strength, roll-over protection and torsional rigidity.  Active safety features from the IS
sedans transfer as well, including Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM), Vehicle
Stability Control (VSC), and an available Pre-Collision System (PCS).  The Safety Restraint
System (SRS) will include the twin-chamber passenger airbag, while a new enlarged seat-mounted
side airbag helps provide additional protection in certain side-impact scenarios.  The convertible
body shell has additional energy absorbing side-impact materials that also help protect front and
rear passengers.

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