The Lexus IS Convertible brought fresh blood to their convertible range; offering a broader appeal than the ageing SC. As with the SC, it has a folding hardtop to combine the security of a coupe with the fun of a convertible. The three piece roof is made from aluminium. The reduction in weight should not only benefit performance on the road but should also lead to a long living, fast moving mechanism. Handling is more refined than sporting and makes this more of a grand tourer than a sports car.
In Europe the Lexus IS250 Convertible was positioned to compete with established rivals such as the BMW 3-Series and Volvo C70 as well as newer cars such as the Infiniti G37. The competition is fierce but the Lexus has individuality and the legendary Lexus build quality on its side.