Behold our first clear look at what could be a Lexus IS F Convertible. This retractable hardtop version of the high-performance IS F sedan has just been spotted pounding around the Nürburgring by our spy shooters, complete with a full suite of go faster aesthetic tweaks. The drophead wears the same aggressive front fascia and flared bodywork as the four-door model we know and love, though with a new, huge rear wing and more angled stacked exhaust tips. At this point, we don't know whether this is a one-off creation for some wealthy European banker or if Lexus is actually planning to throw 416 horsepower into the IS C chassis.

Most retractable hardtop convertibles are inherently saddled with design compromises, and to our eyes, the standard IS Convertible hasn't escaped that trap. With a long, awkward-looking trunk deck and unflattering greenhouse, the machine could use some aesthetic polishing, as the performance visuals seen here don't really fix the issue for us. Here's hoping those ails get sorted before the model makes it to market.

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      • 2 Years Ago
      InsideLine is actually calling this the first test mule of the next-gen IS. I'm more inclined to believe them simply because I can't get my brain around Lexus putting such a ridiculous wing on the IS-F. What do you think? Reference:
        • 2 Years Ago
        Probably a powertrain mule. Pretty sure shots of next-gen IS mules have already been spotted, though.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wing looks stupid. IS-F vert makes little sense given that the IS range is due for a makeover very soon.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I still think the RS5 is king in this class-class leading performance, class leading looks, class leading interior, fulltime Torsen center differential based fulltime, real AWD, usable in wet conditions. Pretty much the only thing the Lexus outshines the RS5 is in percieved reliability....then again when buying a $70k car you don't really think about that stuff.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can say for utmost certainty that there will not be a convertible version of the current IS-F. The next gen IS is due for a thorough makeover... Additionally, the spindle grille is nowhere to be found, which leads me to believe that Lexus (Toyota) is quietly working on a sports coupe of some sort to replace the long-gone Toyota Soarer/Lexus SC... this could even be Toyota's next Supra! Anybody recall the Subaru prototypes Toyota/Subaru used to disguise the mules of the GT-86/FR-S/BRZ?
        • 2 Years Ago
        I would have thought that the LF-LC concept from earlier this year would make for a good SC.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Lexus IS 250 redesign for 2013/2014
      Basil Exposition
      • 2 Years Ago
      That wing looks sweet in a pep boys bolt on 1992 Civic with fart can kind of way
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yay for thick panel gaps!
      • 2 Years Ago
      effing fugly
      Lada F1 team
      • 2 Years Ago
      This feels like it's about 3 years too late...
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's weird that Lexus is spending time and money designing a retractable hard top for a car that should itself being re designed
      • 2 Years Ago
      ♬ I came to win ♬
      • 2 Years Ago
      Smart move Toyota... Using the existing convertible body to disguise the next gen Lexus IS/IS-F coupe (hopefully)
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    2014 Lexus IS-F
    MSRP: $63,600 - $63,600
    2013 Lexus IS-F
    MSRP: $61,750 - $61,750
    2012 Lexus IS-F
    MSRP: $61,300 - $61,300