TRADITIONALLY conservative, Lexus has gone sporty with its latest drop-top.
The Japanese luxury car maker will introduce its 11th F Sport model - the IS 250C F Sport - from mid-November starting from $82,300.
Lexus promises a range of visual and mechanical upgrades over the standard IS 250C, including unique suspension calibration, wheel package and revised interior and exterior styling.
While suspension changes have been made for more direct handling, most onlookers will appreciate the visual tweaks which include 10-spoke graphite-look 18-inch alloys, mesh grille and lower lip spoiler with F Sport fog lamps.
Inside, the convertible has black leather seats with contrasting perforations and stitching, F Sport steering wheel and gear lever, scuff plates and a black roof lining.
It's another string to the bow for Lexus, which has enjoyed great success with the F Sport derivatives.
"F Sport has definitely resonated with Australian Lexus customers, with almost 50% of IS 350 sales and one-third of CT 200h sales being F Sport models," Lexus Australia chief executive Tony Cramb said.
"Customers have come to appreciate the enhanced driving enjoyment and visual appeal that F Sport models bring, and IS 250C F Sport will be a welcome addition to the F Sport range.
"The addition of our 11th F Sport model reinforces the strength of the offering in Australia with F Sport models now available across our CT, IS, GS and RX lines, with the soon-to-be-launched LS 460 and LS 600h F Sport models rounding out the range," he said.
Customers will also be able to specify a substantial enhancement pack, including Pre-Collision safety System, Active Cruise Control and Mark Levinson Audio, for $6000 extra.
As well as the new IS 250C F Sport, Lexus has upgraded its IS convertible range to include sat nav, audio, voice control and Bluetooth systems with audio streaming as standard.