The Japanese automaker Lexus currently offers a drop top variant for two of the models in their lineup. The first is the sport tourer SC430 and the other is the entry level IS, in both 250 and 350 power packages. No matter whether you choose the small displacement straight six or the 300 HP V6, the IS-C is a very fun car to drive. However, if speed is more your thing then Lexus has something in store for you.

Starting in 2011 the luxury automaker will add one more retractable hard top to the IS lineup. The high performance V8 powered IS-F will be available with an open air option. The IS-F Convertible will be powered by the same 5.0 Liter eight cylinder engine as the sedan version mated to the same eight speed automatic transmission. The IS-F Convertible will compete directly with other models like the BMW M3 Convertible.

If you were waiting for some more good news about the wind in your hair Lexus experience then we have to apologize. The SC430 is on its way out and doesn’t look like it will be replaced. Also, the proposed roadster version of the future LF-A super car doesn’t have a bright looking future either.


Source: Car And Driver

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BMWM6  (488) posted on 07.10.2009

we wil have to look at the weight gain considering this is a hard top They should launch a coupe variant aswel

AK47  (1024) posted on 07.9.2009

I like the idea of covertible IS-F. It is a great car in every way except its harsh ride. I hope the Lexus engineers will fix that on the convertible.

Uncia  (868) posted on 07.9.2009

A great car, but I still don’t think that this is a worthy successor for the Supra. The Supra does better than the IS-F sedan at the skidpad (0.98g vs 0.93), stops quicker from 60 (109 ft vs 116), has a higher slalom speed (73.0 mph vs 70.9), and their acceleration to 60 is relatively close (4.6 sec vs 4.2).

I got my numbers from RoadandTrack/Motor Trend. Someone let me know if they have better ones.

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