Lexus Reveals IS Convertible at 2008 Paris Motor Show



    TORONTO, Oct. 2 /CNW/ - Lexus today revealed the IS retractable hard-top
convertible at the 2008 Paris Motor Show. Continuing the performance and
styling trends set by the IS luxury sport sedans, the IS 250C and IS 350C will
come to Canada in the late spring of 2009.
    Featuring a three-panel roof that opens in just 21 seconds, the new IS
250C and IS 350C provide the spirited sophistication of a convertible and the
sporty styling of a coupe. While the hood, headlamps, door handles and mirrors
are common to the exterior of the IS sedans, all other body panels have been
designed to blend seamlessly with the new three-panel aluminum folding roof.
    Powered by the same powertrain as the IS sedans, the IS 250C features a
2.5 litre, 204 hp V6 mated to a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic
transmission; the IS 350C contains a 3.5 litre, 306 hp with a six-speed
automatic. Revisions to the body structure and suspension provide torsional
stiffness and ride comfort with the top down, and low Lexus-like Noise,
Vibration and Harshness (NVH) on par with the IS sedan when in coupe
configuration.
    The three-panel roof structure is completely constructed of lightweight
aluminum that helps achieve smooth, quiet retraction. Unlike many
retractable-roof mechanisms that increase in speed due to the weight of the
structure, a unique roof-brake mechanism slows the closing roof-panels as they
approach the windscreen area, ensuring easy retraction just before closure. In
addition, the top completely retracts with no elements remaining in view. The
three-panel folding aluminum roof also helps provide compact packaging and
convenient luggage space.
    The IS 250C and IS 350C's new exterior design provides dynamic, unique
styling when interchanging between convertible and coupe configurations. A
sleek aerodynamic design and a collection of underbody covers help achieve its
lowest possible drag coefficient - 0.29 Coefficient of drag versus the IS
sedan's 0.27 Coefficient of drag - while creating minimal wind turbulence on
the cabin. An acoustic glass windshield, along with optimized seals on the
roof, door and window panels, contributes to lower wind-noise levels.
    A new fog-lamp design is integrated in the revised front air dam. The
rear overhang increases by 5.1 cm (two inches) to improve luggage space,
providing storage for two golf bags in coupe configuration and one in a
convertible. New combination tail-lamp clusters feature LED lights; a LED
brake light is integrated within the standard rear spoiler.
    The interior maintains the innovation and luxury touch points associated
with the IS sport sedans, while new comfort and entertainment features provide
a consistent atmosphere regardless of top configuration. Instrument gauges
have been revised to help increase visibility during top-down driving, and the
climate-control system has a speed-sensitive control feature that
automatically increases air flow when the top is down while also automatically
adjusting to vehicle speed. The sound system has an equalizer-tuning feature
that provides consistent audio whether the top is up or down, and it also
automatically adapts to the natural loss of bass when the top is down.
    With a four-seat configuration, the IS 250C and IS 350C's rear seats
feature a centre console with built-in cup holders. In addition to front doors
that are 30 cm (11.8 inches) longer than the IS sedans, a new one-touch
automatic mechanism provides easier egress and ingress through quick-acting,
front-seat fold-and-slide activation. Rear-seat comfort is enhanced by
shifting seat position inboard, providing improved headroom. The front seat
backs are configured to also provide better rear-seat legroom.
    All body and chassis revisions have gone through extensive testing to
ensure that the IS 250C and IS 350C have nearly identical NVH characteristics
to the IS sedans, while still providing a consistent blend of driving
performance and comfort in convertible or coupe configuration. They share
common double-wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension systems with the
IS sport sedan models.
    A number of body-structure changes have been integrated in the IS 250C
and IS 350C to augment strength, roll-over protection and torsional rigidity.
Active safety features from the IS sedans transfer as well, including Vehicle
Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), and an
available Pre-Collision System (PCS). The Safety Restraint System (SRS) will
include the twin-chamber passenger airbag, while a new enlarged seat-mounted
side airbag helps provide additional protection in certain side-impact
scenarios. The convertible body shell has additional energy absorbing
side-impact materials that also help protect front and rear passengers.

    Digital images available at media.lexus.ca.

    
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For further information: including a full product detail, please email
media@lexus.ca or contact Dawn Soulis, Public Relations Manager, Lexus of
Canada, (416) 431-8333


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