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Lexus SC

The Lexus SC 430 is a very refined and well-built luxury coupe-convertible

Engine Engine power Fuel consumption Fuel type 0-100 (0-60) Top speed
4.3 V8 VVTi 288 hp 12 l/100km Petrol 6.4 s 250 km/h

Body type Convertible
Number of doors 2
Number of seats 4
Engine position Front
Driven wheels Rear
Length 4 515 mm
Width 1 825 mm
Height 1 350 mm
Wheelbase 2 620 mm
Ground clearance ?
Weight (normal) 1 750 kg
Weight (max) 2 055 kg
Boot space (min) 135 l
Boot space (max) 368 l
Fuel capacity 85 l


   The Lexus SC 430 is produced since 2001. It is available as a convertible.

   This sports car is powered by a 4.3-liter V8 engine, developing 288 hp. Considering the car's weight it acceleration is really impressive. In gear acceleration is even better, making overtaking easy. The Lexus SC comes with a smart five-speed automatic gearbox only, which is very accurate and delivers power smoothly even under full throttle.

   The previous Lexus SC was criticized for it's ride. The SC 430 comes with monotube dampers for better rode quality and handling, however it is still not on a par with it's German rivals. Ride of the Lexus SC is still harsh and there is lots of bodyroll through corners.

   The powerful 4.3-liter engine is very inaudible. There is also very little wind noise with the roof up, because of the low drag coefficient. It absorbs some wind noise even with the roof down. However tyres kick up some noise.

   The Lexus SC is a great used purchase. It has a reasonable fuel consumption for a luxury sports convertible. It appears that this car holds it's value well, while Lexus is famous for building very reliable cars.

   Interior of the car is built to the highest standards. Panel gaps are even and controls operate with slick precision. Overall refinement of the SC 430 is excellent. Wood trim might not be to all tastes though. All the mayor controls are well placed and Lexus touch-screen controls are one of the simplest around. Electric roof is very easy to operate.

   Driver's seat and steering wheel have plenty of adjustments. Front power-adjusted seats are supportive, unfortunately a stylish part-wood-rimmed steering wheel is a little slippy. All-round visibility is slightly restricted by the car's shape. The rear visibility particularly is a weak point if the roof is in place.

   The front passengers have a reasonable amount of room, however it do not apply for the passengers on the rear seats. At the back legroom is not sufficient even for children, while access to the rear seats is also uncomfortable. With the roof down boot is very tiny, so the rear seats are best kept for luggage.

   On the safety list there are front and side airbags, anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution and stability control. Doors of the SC automatically unlock if the accident has happened. There are also a number of smart electronic aids intended to prevent accidents.

   It is a gadget-lover's dream. There are no options buying the Lexus SC. The only model comes very well equipped. It comes with climate control, cruise control, full leather interior, wood trim, electric windows, mirrors and seats, automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers and plenty of other standard toys. Almost everything you may want is included.

   Production of the Lexus SC 430 still continues.


   Advantages: The Lexus SC has an amazing build quality and refinement. It has strong residual values and comes well equipped.

   Disadvantages: Rivals offer more prestige and practicality for the same price. Interior is little cramped.

   Verdict: The Lexus SC is a great used purchase.

   Also consider: BMW 6-series, Mercedes-Benz SL-class.


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