Lexus offers F Sport versions of the IS 250 and IS 350 sedans, but neither of those cars are likely to be as exclusive as the IS 350C F Sport. Lexus recently announced pricing information on one of the sportier and more expensive IS convertibles available today.
Including destination, the 2011 Lexus IS 350C F Sport will sell for $55,995. That's a lot of cash above the regular IS 350C's $46,715, but the IS 350C F Sport comes loaded. For those who want a top-down driving experience and a more dynamic performance than an ordinary Lexus convertible offers, the F Sport uses shocks developed in cooperation with Bilstein. The car has been lowered about one inch and wears 19-inch multispoke forged alloy wheels with a dark graphite finish.
“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.”
Sticky Michelin Pilot Sport 225/35ZR19 tires are in the front while 255/35ZR19 tires are fitted in the rear. Completing the performance upgrades is a sway bar to reduce body roll as the IS 350C rounds corners on your favorite back road.
Only 175 units will be made, or fewer than one unit per U.S. Lexus dealer. At this point, a Lexus
spokesman tells us, there aren't plans for an IS 250C
F Sport model.
HID headlights and LED daytime running lights give the car an upscale appeal, as do black and red semi-aniline leather seats with red stitching. A navigation system and rear backup camera are included in the limited edition model, which has a Special Build 2011 interior badge and is only available in white or black paint. As with other IS 350Cs, the F Sport variant has a 306-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 with 277 pound-feet of torque and a quoted 0-60 mph time of 5.8 seconds.