By Matthew Brand
‘Now this is a car!’ exclaims my girlfriend. I’ve just brought the Lexus IS250C around for her to see. It’s clear that Lexus puts in what the Germans leave out. BMW, for example, punts that it has tons of expensive options because drivers want individuality. Lexus bats back that no one has ever knocked something that comes standard with a car. Personally, I prefer features that come standard—it takes away the conflict of deciding what you want or don’t want and, heck, in a car like this you want everything.
In dealerships since November ’09, the stylish two-door features an aluminium hardtop roof that folds back into two panels into the waiting boot. The process takes 20 seconds. But then there are 15 electric motors and 37 sensors that are doing the job silently and seamlessly.
The interior is designed like a perfectly weighted knife – a sign of the Lexus unwavering commitment to luxury performance. The shapes are pleasing, the gadgets are highly functional and a large touch-screen interface provides audio climate and navigation settings. My only complaint is that when the sun hits the screen while motoring topless, the screen washes out, becoming illegible. Polaroid sunglasses further limit screen visibility.
Pop-up rear rollover bars add an extra margin of safety, as do front and rear side curtain airbags, a rarity among convertibles. Additional premium amenities include dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth and eight-way power front seats with easy rear-seat access at the touch of a button.
The 2010 Lexus IS250C has a 2.5-liter V6 engine pumping under its hood, and whilst churning out a maximum power of 153kW the IS250C sprints from 0 to 100km in a less than impressive 8.4 seconds. But who cares: the car offers a reassuring way to enjoy the Sunday scenery.
The IS250C has a relaxed demeanor and its sharp styling was created for those who live in the moment. This fusion of top down exhilaration combined with closed top performance is symbolic of the proud genetics inherited from the IS range. If all this tickles your fancy, the Lexus IS250C will suit you just fine.