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Click above for a high-res gallery of the 2009 Lexus IS250C

Lexus has chopped off two doors and the roof from the IS250 to create the IS250C, due to arrive in Europe in the summer of 2009, and the U.S. shortly thereafter.

The 2009 Lexus IS250C features a three-piece aluminum roof that retracts in a "world's fastest" 20 seconds, and features revised overhangs 15mm (front) and 55mm (rear) longer than the sedan, a new fog lamp design and a rising beltline that integrates into the revised haunches. The IS250C's rear end leaves a lot to be desired, with an odd assortment of angles terminating into a set of awkwardly placed LED taillights. With the top up, nothing seems to seamlessly blend together, looking like an ill-advised amalgamation of the outgoing SC430 and BMW 335i. Inside, thing get mildly better – in typical staid Lexus tradition – with a set of rollover hoops for the rear seat passengers, a 12-speaker Mark Levinson sound system and a speed sensitive climate control system that will boost the heat during open air jaunts. And naturally, you can fit a golf bag in the trunk with the top down.

Make the jump for Lexus' brief press release and check the galleries below for live and press photos from Paris.


IS 250C – World Premiere

Making its world debut at the 2008 Paris Motor Show, the new IS 250C combines the sporting elegance of the IS sedan with superlative engineering ingenuity to create a unique fusion of top-down driving pleasure and uncompromised closed-top dynamic performance in the premium sedan segment. Its lightweight, aluminium folding roof structure boasts the fastest three-part roof opening time of just 20 seconds. Through the remarkably compact packaging of its roof mechanism, the IS 250C offers a large boot space, generous rear seat access and spacious rear passenger accommodation.

Sharing the IS 250's 153kW/208DIN hp, 2.5 litre ultra-smooth V6 powerplant and 6-speed automatic transmission, the new Lexus convertible has been styled to offer minimal wind turbulence when driving with the hard top stowed. The enhanced torsional stiffness of the IS 250C design promotes ride comfort appropriate to the marque and, in coupe configuration, reduced noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) characteristics on a par with those of the IS sedan.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      the rear 1/4 panel is too long, probably to accomodate rear passengers (bad move) and the tailights are too similar to Accord Sedans. quite a disservice to the sedan tailights that give it so much character.

      • 6 Years Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't get it. It's unremarkable at best and ugly to boot. Although I do see a bunch of other weird convertibles running around Europe, like the Opel Astra convertible or the Peugeot 206 convertible. They also are funny looking, they're just some other car with a lousy-looking convertible grafted on. Maybe this kind of thing sells in Europe.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Reminds me of the 3rd Gen 1994-96 Camry Coupe...ugly (and was poorly sold). I see history would repeat itself...
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Camry “Coupe” your refer too was little more than a Camry sedan with big doors, The overall profile of the car was basically the same.

        This is jarring because of the more vertical rear glass and long rear deck compared to the IS sedan.
      • 6 Years Ago
      the front end looks nice but my beef with hardtop convert's is the rear quarter. there are very few cars that look god with the top up or down but they started the design phase as a hardtop convert not a sedan that three yrs later turned into convertible.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Oh, my, god. Becky, look at her butt.
      It is so big. *scoff* She looks like,
      one of those rap guys' girlfriends.
      But, you know, who understands those rap guys? *scoff*
      They only talk to her, because,
      she looks like a total prostitute, 'kay?
      I mean, her butt, is just so big.
      I can't believe it's just so round, it's like,
      out there, I mean - gross. Look!
      • 6 Years Ago
      That looks horrible.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Come ON Lexus, work with us here. Hopefully the coupe will come out better.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If I can put it very succinctly....

      This car looks like ass
      • 6 Years Ago
      What can you expect, the car was designed by Rubbermaid.......the inspiration for this vehicle was a polyethylene dishpan. I would say they hit their target, a dishpan on wheels.
      • 6 Years Ago

      some of you guys a freakin stupid...how can you call this ugly??..the front end it sexy the lines flow and its well built all one good package...it sleek and sexy i can see it in black right now!

      I liked the SC it was different and luxurious.

      I can see this with the right rims and nice drop! (DROOL)

      GOO LEXUS you get better and better
        • 6 Years Ago
        I hope you're kidding.

        Otherwise you need to get your eyes checked.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Big disappointment from Lexus; and I'm one that generally loves their designs, regardless of how dull. It resembles a 1998-2002 Ford Escort ZX2. Just plain BAD.
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