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Lexus IS C (photos)

CNET Car Tech takes a spin in the new Lexus IS 250 C and 350 C.

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Antuan Goodwin

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New IS convertible

We were given an opportunity to drive every version of the new IS convertible, from the IS 250 C to the IS 350 C to the mildly-tuned IS C with F Sport accessories.
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Three-panel aluminum folding roof

The IS C's power folding aluminum roof goes from hardtop to topless in about 20 seconds.
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Packs much back

The IS C's rear end has been raised to accommodate the power folding roof. As a result, the tail lamps have also been modified for a more horizontal orientation.
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New nose

Up front, the changes are slight. The lower grill opening has been reduced for a more severe and angular nose when compared to the sedan.
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Technology package

The technology package features a new hard drive-based navigation system with Lexus' new voice command system. The system features Bluetooth hands free and audio streaming and standard iPod integration, all of which is piped through a fantastic Mark Levinson audio system.
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A-pillar mounted tweeters

Tweeters are mounted where the door panel meets the a-pillar, aimed directly at the listener's head for optimal top-down sound quality.
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Standard receiver

The standard receiver still sounds pretty good, benefiting from the improved automatic sound leveling. AM/FM/XM radio, an MP3-compatible CD changer, and an analog auxiliary input round out the available audio sources.
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New trim options

Lexus is offering some pretty wild interior trim colors on the IS C, such as this blue/white leather.
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Two engine choices

Much like the hardtop version, buyers can choose between the IS 250 C and the more powerful IS 350 C.
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F Sport accessories

Lexus' complete line of F Sport performance accessories is also available on the drop-top IS.
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F Sport brakes

These massive F Sport brakes look fantastic tucked behind the optional 19-inch wheels. They do a pretty good job of bringing the IS C to a stop as well!

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