• Oct 3, 2008
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It's always fun to see the engineering behind hard top convertibles. The latest member of the breed comes from Lexus in the form of the 2009 IS250C. This new derivative of the IS250 sedan sports a three-piece aluminum roof that retracts in a "world's fastest" 20 seconds. Video proof of the event taking place has been released and we've embedded it after the break. The new 250C's most logical competitor comes from BMW, whose 3 Series convertible features a folding hard top of its very own. When the new Lexus goes on sale next summer in Europe, followed shortly thereafter in the United States, it will offer buyers a replacement for the expensive SC 430, which is set to make a graceful exit from the marketplace in short order.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I have yet to see a four seat hard top convertible that looks good with the top up, and this is no exception. To me, it is all about the long trunk required to stow the top and the upright angle of the c-pillar. It makes them all look like two-door sedans. I think I'll stick with the more graceful appearance of soft tops, at least as long as I continue to live in Southern California.


      I like the appearance of the IS sedan.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Sorry, never mind my previous Mercedes comment... didn't notice 4-seat mention... Anyway, BMW 335, VW EOS and Volvo C70 hardtops look alright imo...
      • 6 Years Ago
      The IS is a nice looking car, but to make it a convertible they definitely had to cut some corners on the design to make the roof fit. The back is not pretty and the trunk to roof transition is absolutely hideous. I have to say I have been a Lexus customer for a long time, but when it comes to a 4 seat convertible, I will be in line for a 3 series or a G37 convertible long before I even considered this (unless it is 40K) (and where is the IS350C - the one people really want).
      • 6 Years Ago
      it's still ugly!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Affirmative.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Its ok but its no sc430
        • 6 Years Ago
        that's never stopped lexus from selling before, even with this solara knock off.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i was just thinking about how nice the 4 door IS looks as one passed me today...now i come home and see this thing....it only makes the 4 door look that much better
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like the way the IS looks... don't like the way it drives though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Its pretty nice except for the upturn in the rear window. Its o.k. in the sedan but looks a bit awkward on this. Also why no sunroof like the VW Eos. In my opinion the Eos roof should be standard on all cars in this segment.
      • 6 Years Ago
      100% Whole-Grain suckage.

      No Additives......
      • 6 Years Ago
      All the dramatic music, closeup shots, and strange angles in the world couldn't make the 250c look better.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hardtop up or down..the poor IS has been Bangled.
      • 6 Years Ago
      zzzzzzzzzZZZZZzzzzzzzzZZZZZZZZZZ
      • 6 Years Ago
      You know what I realized, the car actually looks a LOT better with the top down. Just look at the Lexus press photos and it's pretty obvious the moment that top goes up the entire thing stops looking right because they chopped a 4 door sedan into a coupe without redoing the proportions for the roofline.
      But with the top down the car kinda works. The rear taillights are still bizarrely outdated looking but at least the car's overall lines aren't ruined by the roof.
      • 6 Years Ago
      EPIC FAIL!
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