5/19/09

The Lexus IS Flips It’s Lid


We recently wrote about the onslaught of seasonally well-timed topless motorcars coming to market. Another manufacturer has decided to join the fray…That purveyor of luxurious, reliable, yet somewhat passionless automobiles…Lexus.

In a move that should have been done a year or two ago, Lexus is finally coming to market with a topless version of its midsized IS sedan to compete with BMW’s 3-series and Infinity’s G37. While much of the underpinnings are the same as the 4-door, the exterior of the baby Lexus only carries over only the hood, as all other body panels have changed. The car is also 2” longer, which was added to the rear increasing trunk capacity with the top down. Unfortunately we feel there is a bit of an aesthetic penalty for this addition, but many still feel the car to be a head-turner.

A quick rundown of the spec sheet shows the same engine and transmission choices available as in the IS four door. Of these we prefer the larger direct-injected 3.5 liter V6 with 306 hp and 277 lb-ft. of torque. Sure, the extra power adds to the fun factor, but it also helps to offset the convertible’s nearly 500 lb. weight surplus over the sedan.

So, what is the bottom line here..?

It will all depend on your priority list. If you value a sporting nature in your automobiles, the BMW or Infinity should top your list. If stunning looks are a premium, check out Audi’s A5 ragtop. If however you want a smidgen of everything with a corporate history of reliability thrown in, then head to your Lexus dealer for a test drive. The IS convertibles should be in showrooms by the end of the month.

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