• Mar 8th 2010 at 7:01PM
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Lexus IS C F-Sport – Click above for high-res image gallery

As much as we'd love to see a convertible version of the pulse-quickening Lexus IS F, it doesn't appear to be in the cards. Instead, Lexus is offering up plenty of F-Sport accessories for the IS C, including the new IS350C F-Sport Special Edition which goes on sale later this month. Only 100 of these F-tuned droptops will be produced, retailing for $58,375 (including the $875 destination charge).

Available in either Obsidian or Tungsten Pearl, the F-Sport isn't any more powerful than a standard IS350, but it includes things like new 19-inch wheels, a front and rear brake upgrade and Blistein shocks. Additionally, new lowering springs set the IS one inch lower to the ground, and a beefier sway bar is in place to aid in better overall handling. Inside, there's a leather-wrapped shift knob, embroidered floor mats and a numbered badge, all with F-Sport logos, of course.

While this is all well and good for the IS C, we can't help but think that, at over $58K, our money would be better spent on a BMW 335i or Audi S5 cabriolet. Still, Lexus buyers looking for a more sporting edge should like the F-Sport touches, and with only 100 units being made, we doubt the automaker will have any trouble moving them off of dealer lots. Hit the jump to read all of the details in the press release.

[Source: Lexus]
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Lexus Introduces 2010 IS 350C F-Sport Special Edition

* Only 100 Units Will Be Produced
* Features F-Sport Performance Accessories and Unique Grille
* Interior with Numbered Badging and Blue Contrast Stitching

TORRANCE, Calif. (March. 8, 2010) – Lexus today announced the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $57,500 for the 2010 IS 350C F-Sport Special Edition which will arrive at dealerships later this month. The MSRP does not include a delivery, processing and handling fee of $875.

"The F-Sport Special Edition builds on the IS 350C and takes the fun of the convertible up another notch," said Mark Templin, Lexus Division group vice president and general manager. "The F-Sport accessories on this car were precision engineered specifically for this vehicle, allowing us to provide sport-tuned performance without sacrificing ride quality."

This 2010 IS 350C Special Edition was designed to engage driving enthusiasts with the performance and styling enhancements from the F-Sport accessories line. This IS 350C, only available in two colors, Tungsten Pearl or Obsidian, can be distinguished from other IS convertibles by the following F-Sport equipment:

* Newly designed 19-inch forged alloy wheels with a wheel lock set and Michelin Pilot Sport 225/35ZR19 tires in the front and 255/35ZR19 tires in the rear;
* Front and rear brake upgrade for a firmer pedal feel and enhanced fade resistance;
* New and unique F-Sport grille not previously available;
* Shock set developed in cooperation with Bilstein®;
* Lowering springs that reduce the ride height approximately one-inch in the front and rear;
* Sway bar set that helps reduce body roll and provide flatter cornering;
* Embroidered floor mats with F-Sport logo;
* Leather-wrapped shift knob with F-Sport logo;
* And exterior badging and an individually numbered badge on the center console complete the uniqueness of this vehicle.

The IS 350C F-Sport Special Edition also comes with black leather-trimmed seats with sporty blue contrast stitching. Other Special Edition standard features include heated and ventilated front seats with wood trim; Bi-Xenon HID headlamps with Adaptive Front lighting System (AFS); headlamp washers; and Lexus Navigation. The hard disk drive (HDD) navigation system has a seven-inch VGA touch-screen, Bluetooth® phonebook download capabilities, a rear back-up camera, Voice Command casual-language voice recognition system, Lexus Enform, XM® NavTraffic, XM® NavWeather, and XM® Sports and Stocks. XM services include a complimentary 90-day trial subscription. It is also features the new telematics system Lexus Enform™ with Safety Connect™ (includes complimentary one-year trial subscription).

"The IS 350C F-Sport Special Edition is a unique package of style and excitement. With only 100 units available nationwide they'll sell out fast to customers who want power, performance and a little more fun under the sun," said Templin.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Way too much money but at least it doesn't come with those goofy tailpipes that the F has!
      • 5 Years Ago
      F for fail
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wouldn't it be fun if a Genesis Coupe Convertible was a lot cheaper AND faster? Toyota will have some explaining to do.....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Those wheels are nasty, and unfortunately with the hard-top convertible, they have taken a beautiful IS sedan and made this disproportionate monstrosity. I'm very surprised that they couldn't pull-off what BMW accomplished with their 3-series sedan/coupe/convertible. In hindsight, Lexus should have made a soft top version of the IS, like the Audi A5/S5 convertible. But damage is done.
      • 5 Years Ago
      We must realize, Jalops...if we shun this magnificent piece of Japanese engineering, at a so-reasonable price...

      Toyota will then point out they TRIED to bring us exciting, high performance cars...and we didn't want them.

      We must embrace this overpriced, incredibly ugly attempt to copy the AMG Black series, so that someday, when Toyota's current staff all retire, or die, someone actually builds a new car we care about. Yes, it'll be a Lexus...Yes, it'll be overpriced...but maybe, just maybe...the MR-2 will return.

      Until then, smile and softly compliment this piece of roadkill...and remember...you get more horsepower by using honey than by using fuel cells.

        • 5 Years Ago
        We are all Jalops...except for those misguided castaways who post on AB:G and believe fuel cells will save the earth for spotted owls and snail darters.

        And yes, a small mistake...but I won't dodge responsibility.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Black s.: you're for the most part right. There is not much overlap with ABG.. Just me, and LS2LS7 & a buncha friggin' loons who think alternative energy is ready for prime time :P
      • 5 Years Ago
      Lipstick on a pig. A really, really expensive pig.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think you've been to generous. It looks like a G6 with an especially cheap Lexus conversion kit.
        • 5 Years Ago
        come on man, play nice. I'm sure there's a market for a car that's uglier inside and out, slower, and less engaging to drive than either the 335i or S5 cab for the same money. Not everyone likes to have their cake and eat it too.

        Oddly this coupe shape seems to be the best for the IS, front profile looks fine, only the neck fat around the trunk really seems awkward and hastily planned. Maybe they'll plan a convertible from the get-go with the next generation and not have to pay that penalty.
      • 5 Years Ago
      For that much money, I'd be expecting something with some form of style, not something that looks like a bland import econobox with ricey rims.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That is one ugly car. I mean, toyota is known for ugly/ boring, but really, I had to turn away!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Premium brand + convertible + nonfunctional "tuner" parts + "daddy bought it" price tag = instant tool.

      They can keep the IS-F, too, until it gets a proper transmission.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Still has a fat ass...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Umm...yeah...right...sure. Whatever!
      • 5 Years Ago
      There are no photos of the F-Sport Special Edition yet (no, those are not photos of the model mentioned in the press release). Still, it is quite amusing reading the comments thus far.
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