Although the Lexus IS 250C that was on the Lexus stand at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show was the same well-traveled Matador Red Mica exterior with Alabaster interior car that went from Paris to Sydney to Los Angeles to Detroit (with Lord knows what other stops in between or still to come), showgoers at California's second-tier Auto Shows in San Diego (which ran from 31 December 2008 to 4 January 2009) and San José (which ran from 8 to 11 January 2009) got an unexpected treat: an IS 250C in the Lexus IS F's signature Ultrasonic Blue Pearl
exterior colo(u)r, and yet another IS C-exclusive wheel design.
Just as quietly, the multiple exterior and interior colo(u)r combination options available for the IS C were placed in the "build your Lexus" kiosks located throughout the carmaker's Detroit Show stand. Besides Ultrasonic Blue Pearl, the IS C gets a second exclusive shade of blue, Cerulean Blue Metallic
, which, if the computer monitors are anything to go by, appears to be a slightly darker riff on Breakwater Blue Metallic (which is NOT available on the IS C and thus remains a sedan-only color). As to interior colo(u)rs for the convertible coupe, three choices are available: Alabaster
(the white-looking shade that we mistakenly assumed was the same Alpine White hue available on the IS F), Black
and a somewhat unexpected Blue and Alabaster two-tone
combination. The latter places the dark blue on the seat sides/bolsters and the alabaster along the wide central portion of the seats. Contrary to logical expectations, neither of the blue exteriors are available in conjunction with the Blue and Alabaster two-tone interior, as the diverse shades of blue seemingly would all clash.
Here, then, is a list of the Lexus IS-C U.S.-market color combinations for its first model year (which remains unclear whether it will debut as a 2009 or as a 2010), listing exterior color first, followed by available interior colors:
Starfire Pearl / Alabaster, Black or Blue/Alabaster two-tone
Tungsten Pearl / Alabaster, Black or Blue/Alabaster two-tone
Cerulean Blue Metallic / Alabaster or Black
Ultrasonic Blue Pearl / Alabaster or Black
Matador Red Mica / Alabaster or Black
Smoky Granite Mica / Alabaster, Black or Blue/Alabaster two-tone
Obsidian / Alabaster, Black or Blue/Alabaster two-tone