Report: Lexus IS F Convertible planned for early 2011 launch

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Despite there being no plans yet for an IS Coupe or a high-performance F version of the new IS C Convertible, officially, a new report has surfaced and claims that a Lexus IS F Convertible is in the works.

Coupe and convertible versions of the IS-F would be welcome by fans, and it would also likely be met with strong sales, if BMW's experience is any gauge - the M3 Coupe and Convertible together outsell the sedan about 3:1. A sporty IS Convertible, in the form of the F-Sport, is already out there, but a super-performance drop-top could still find its own niche. After all, how many fans of the go-fast can seriously argue with a 5.0L V8 engine or 416hp - plus the sun on your face and the wind in your hair?

According to Car and Driver, citing inside sources at Lexus, a new IS F Convertible is coming in early 2011 and would feature the same 5.0L V8 and quick-shifting 8-speed automatic as the four-door.

Furthermore, the insider also revealed that a replacement for the aging SC convertible is planned and that the new model would likely switch to a soft-top roof to keep costs and weight down.

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