The entry level IS C is the $41,190 IS 250 C Manual, powered by a 2.5 Liter VVT-i V6 making 204 HP and 185 lb-ft of torque being channeled through a six speed manual sending power to the rear wheels which is good for an estimated 19 MPG around town and as much as 28 MPG on the highway. The IS 250 C is motivated by the same small six, but swaps cogs with a six speed paddle shift sequential automatic Electronicaly Controlled Transmission with intelligence that gets an even more efficient 21 MPG in the city and 30 MPG while cruising the countryside, starting at $42,360.
2012 Lexus IS 250C: Video Road Test and Review
The Lexus IS C is a two door four passenger sport convertible variant of the IS Sedan with coupe like styling and a retractable hard top. Like all luxury models from the Japanese automaker, the IS C comes complete with items like the Lexus eight-speaker Premium Sound System with in dash six disc CD changer, Sirius XM satellite radio, USB/MP3 audio inputs and Bluetooth hands free connectivity. While options like perforated leather trimmed interiors and aluminum sport pedals and Bi-Xenon HID headlamps are available as options.
The top of the line Lexus IS 350 C gets going thanks to a larger 3.5 Liter VVT-i V6 cranking out a total of 306 HP and 277 lb-ft of torque through a similar six speed ECT-i gearbox is good for a 0 to 60 MPH time of only 5.8 seconds and eclipse the quarter mile in 14.1 seconds before reaching a top speed of 141 MPH and gets an estimated 19 MPG in the city and 27 MPG on the highway for $46,640. While the optional Navigation System with LCD display and NavTraffic as well as Mark Levinson 12 speaker Premium Audio system classes things up a bit for $4,015 more as well as the Luxury package that bundles perforated semi-aniline leather with the HIDs and a two tone black with light gray interior that includes light gray leather seats with Alabaster inserts.
Similar covertibles include the Audi A5 FrontTrak Cabriolet, the BMW 3-Series convertible and the Volvo C70.