2011 Lexus IS 350C Overview
Harness the power of nature and machine with the powerful and luxurious 2011 Lexus IS 350C convertible coupe.
The IS 350C shares an engine with the standard IS 350, a 306-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine with 277 pounds-feet of torque that launches the IS 350C forward in a hurry. But the IS 350C, isn’t done there; it adds on a retractable hardtop which opens in just 21 seconds allowing you more time to soak up the sunshine and feel the wind whipping through your hair. The V-6 is mated to a six-speed automatic with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters and receives 18-20 mpg in the city and 25-27 mpg on the highway. The IS 350C competes with the likes of the Mercedes-Benz C3350, Infiniti G35 and BMW 335i. The IS 350C is available in rear-wheel drive only.
The 2011 Lexus IS 350C looks sleeker with a new grille and front bumper and standard high-intensity-discharge headlights, headlight washers and LED daytime running lights. For crisper handling, a new F Sport Package includes a sport suspension, 18-inch wheels and front and rear spoilers. Seventeen-inch alloy wheels are standard, while rain-sensing wipers and a backup camera with front and rear parking sensors are optional.
Inside, the 2011 IS 350C seats four in standard leather-appointed front seats with 10-way power adjustability. Anti-glare gauges compensate for the top being up, while audio and climate systems automatically adjust their settings to compensate for top-down noise and temperatures. Dual zone climate control and a power moonroof are also standard, while models equipped with all-wheel drive include heated front seats. The standard 13-speaker, 194-watt stereo with six-CD changer and USB port for iPod connectivity form the excellent Lexus Premium Audio System.
If you think that’s not enough, then step up to the Premium Plus Package featuring perforated leather seating with heat and ventilation, and wood trim. An available Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound system with 14 speakers and ten amplifier channels and a DVD-based navigation system with touch-screen controls top the options list.
When it comes to safety, the 2011 Lexus IS 350C boasts Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management, which is the mastermind of all dynamic safety systems, including electric power steering, Vehicle Stability Control, antilock brakes, brake-force distribution and brake assist. The available Lexus Enform™ system with Safety Connect™ provides useful satellite communications in the event of a vehicle impact or theft. A full set of airbags, including front-side, front knee and two-row head airbags joins a great safety structure.
If you want to ride in luxury, with a hint of sporty and big helping of cool thrown in, drop the top and speed off in the 2011 Lexus IS 350C.