• Feb 18th 2011 at 6:01PM
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2011 Lexus IS 350C F Sport Special Edition – Click above for high-res image

Lexus has just released a limited-edition version of the IS 350C convertible that will go on sale later this month. Called the F Sport Special Edition, the droptop is limited to a scant 175 units, priced from $55,120, not including delivery and processing fees.

To set it apart from other IS 350Cs, the F Sport Special Edition benefits from a few visual tweaks. It rides on 19-inch forged alloy wheels with a dark graphite finish and the only two exterior colors available are Starfire Pearl (pictured) or Obsidian. Other F Sport touches include Bilstein shocks and lowering springs that bring the IS one inch closer to the ground, and a unique sway bar set has been added, too.

The interior is padded with black and red leather surfaces, and both heated and cooled seats are standard. Navigation is also part of the Special Edition package, encompassing things like a rearview camera, Lexus Enform and the full host of XM infotainment features. Hit the jump for the official press blast.

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Lexus 2011 IS 350C F Sport Special Edition

* Only 175 Units Will Be Produced
* Features F Sport Performance Accessories
* Interior Badging and Red Stitching

TORRANCE, Calif. (February 8, 2011) – Lexus today announced the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $55,120 for the 2011 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 racing inspired F Sport accessories on this car were precision engineered specifically for this vehicle, allowing us to provide performance without compromise."

This 2011 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, Starfire Pearl or Obsidian, can be distinguished from other IS convertibles by the following F Sport equipment:

* 19-inch forged alloy wheels with dark graphite finish and Michelin Pilot Sport 225/35ZR19 tires in the front and 255/35ZR19 tires in the rear;
* Shock set developed in cooperation with Bilstein®;
* Lowering springs that reduce the ride height approximately one-inch in the front and rear resulting in a more aggressive appearance and lower center of gravity;
* Sway bar set that helps reduce body roll and provide flatter cornering;
* Bi-Xenon High Intensity Headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lights
* And exterior badging and a Special Build 2011 interior badge on the center console complete the uniqueness of this vehicle.

The IS 350C F Sport Special Edition also comes with black and red semi-aniline leather-trimmed seats with sporty red stitching. Other Special Edition standard features include heated and ventilated front seats with wood trim 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 175 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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      • 4 Years Ago
      this or boxter s hmm lets think on that one for a bit.

      on a side note where is the cadilac CTS-V convertable?
        • 4 Years Ago
        This doesn't compete with the Boxster S. Why are you comparing the 2?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice ground effects and such, but where's the beef? If they're going to call it an F Sport model, shouldn't it have some go-fast parts? Doesn't this dilute the image of their nascent F performance line?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree.

        But the 350 has enough power to out run most.
        • 4 Years Ago
        seriously? I'm all for being a fanboi but seriously? naught to sixty in 5.9 seconds 'outruns most'? 0-60 in 6 seconds is my bare minimum for fun, you set some pretty low standards. here's hoping no one in an IS 350C F Sport Special Edition runs into such exceptional competition as a 335i convertible (cheaper, faster, better handling). Hell the new A6 won't have any issues beating it, or saving their owner the same amount of coin.

        no, 55k for a car that's easily outrun by aging bimmers and family sedans does not 'outrun most'.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This is a clean looking car -- but I feel that is outdated already.. the IS models been out since 2006 meaning late 2005. and they haven't even announce a new body style''

      • 4 Years Ago
      55K is right!!!!!! WOW that is a lot of money for that girl car. BMW wins hands down.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Step 1: Take all the folding hard-top guts out.

      Step 2: graft the LF-A's roofline and rear bodywork design, minus the big ducts, onto this car to make it a slick fastback fixed-roof coupe.

      Step 3: paint it Ultrasonic Blue Pearl. (like the IS-F and LF-A shown earlier today)

      Step 4: distribute it at an attractive price

      Step 5: OFFER A CLUTCHED GEARBOX, even if automated. No torque converters!

      Step 6: ......

      Step 7: Profit.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You're seriously becoming a LOT like SimpleCar. The same comment over and over again and it always has to do with this car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looking good.

      Perfect blend of Luxury and performance.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Compare this car to a BMW 335i with M-Sport package and it comes to nearly the same price but if you add options like premium package, navi to the Bimmer the IS 350c is cheaper.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Meant to say 335i M-Sport Convertible.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think the 350C is the most awkward looking convertible out there, and getting it gussied up with a body kit and flashy bits don't do anything to help it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The car in the pic looks good to me.

        Much better ride then what i'm driving I'd take one of these in a heart beat
      • 4 Years Ago
      it's nice but i don't like the rims.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agree, they are just a step over the top bling, which may not be the best when shooting for refinement.
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      You can get those rims at the circus if you can throw a ball and hit the bottles.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Does it come with a tape deck, will not buy unless i can listen to my vintage bon jovi, michael jackson, and duran duran cassette tapes.
        • 4 Years Ago
        lol i see what you did there
      • 4 Years Ago
      New rule: If you can't say the name of your car in one breath, it's too long.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If you're having trouble saying that in one breath, then you either need to go to the doctor or lose some weight...
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