Lexus SC 430


Super luxury, high performance sports convertible. Reliable. Nice design.


Reputation for a bland drive compared to BMWs and other competitors.

Lexus SC 430

  • Lexus SC 430 Overview

    The SC 430 30 is a 2-door, 4-passenger luxury convertible, viewed as a luxury car first and foremost and a sports convertible after that. Its part of the SC range which was launched in 1991 in coupe form. In 2001 the Lexus SC 430 was launched as the second generation model. Power was offered by a 4.3 l 3UZ-FE V8 engine with variable valve timing (VVTi) and a five-speed automatic transmission. The SC 430 V8 could produce 280 hp (208kw), 430 Nm of torque, 0-60 in around 6 seconds. The cars drive-by-wire system provides an instant connection with the 4.3-litre V8 Variable Valve (VVT-i) engine. The 2007 Lexus SC is largely unchanged and is offered in one complete spec package.

  • Lexus SC 430 Facts

    The SC 430 was created at Lexus European Design and Development Centre on the French Riviera.

    The SC 430 was created at Lexus European Design and Development Centre on the French Riviera.

    Lexus showcased its new sports convertible, the SC 430, at the Paris Motor Show in 2000.

    The car entered production 2001.

    In 2004/2005 JD Power and Associates Initial Quality Survey awarded the SC 430 highest ranked premium luxury vehicle award.

    Kelley Blue Book - Lexus SC 430 iBest to Hold Value Award, 2002.

    Lexus SC 430 premiered along with the Lexus marque in Japan in 2005.

    The SC 430 luxury convertible was one of the first modern production vehicles to popularize a retractable hardtop design.

    At present, the Lexus SC 430 is sold in North America, Europe, Oceania, and Asia. Competitors include the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class and BMW 6-series.

    Available in 2007 as Convertible trim only with the 4.3 litre V8 engine and a total luxury equipment with everything from sat nav and Bluetooth as standard.

    Currently, production of the SC 430 occurs at the Kanji assembly site in Japan.

  • Lexus SC Series Overview

    The Lexus SC series is a personal luxury coup sold by Lexus, the luxury division of Toyota. The SC features a front engine, rear-wheel drive design and seating for up to four passengers. The first generation SC debuted as the V8-powered SC 400 in 1991, and the I6-powered SC 300 was added in 1992. Both first generation models were produced until 2000. The second generation model, the SC 430, went into production in 2001. The SC 430 features a hardtop convertible design and a V8 engine. The first generation SC was largely styled in California, and the second generation SC was mainly conceived at design studios in Europe. Shortly after the launch of the Lexus brand in the early 1990s, this luxury automaker introduced its SC coupe. The original SC was initially available with a six- (SC 300) or eight- (SC 400) cylinder engine. But even with the debut of these sport coupes Lexus still lacked a convertible model. That gap was filled with the Lexus SC 430.

  • 2007 Lexus SC 430 Features

    Virtually unchanged since its debut in 2002

    V8-powered hardtop convertible

    Aerodynamic form

    Comes in one trim level

    One-touch power-folding hardtop

    288-horsepower V8

    Sporty suspension

    Sixty mph 5.8 seconds.

    Genuine wood trim

    10-way power heated seats

    Touch screen satellite navigation.system

    18-inch wheels

    Adaptive HID headlights

    Wireless cell phone connectivity

    Automatic climate control. In fact, the list of standard equipment is so thorough that the SC 430 only

    Intelligent Air Conditioning

    Lexus SC 430 Detailed Spec


    Maximum Speed 155 mph

    Acceleration 0-62 mph: 6.2 sec

    Fuel Consumption

    Urban 17.3 mpg - 16.3L /100km

    Extra-urban 32.8 mpg - 8.6L /100km

    Combined 24.8 mpg - 11.4L /100km

    Insurance group 19A

    CO2 emissions 269 g/km

    Gross Vehicle Weight

    Front 1005 kg

    Rear 1105 kg

    Total 2110 kg


    Length 4535 mm

    Width 1825 mm

    Height 1370 mm

    Wheelbase 2620 mm

    Fuel tank capacity 75 litres

    Luggage compartment capacity 368 litres (with roof up) 135 litres (with roof down)

    Wheels And Tyres

    Wheel size 8JJ x 18

    Tyre size 245/40ZR18


    ETCS-i Electronic Throttle Control System - intelligent: advanced computerised engine management system

    VVT-i - Variable Valve Timing - intelligent (electronically controlled)

    6-speed automatic Electronically Controlled Transmission (ECT-i) with intelligent computer control

    AI shift system

    Dual stainless steel exhaust system with catalytic converter

    Cylinders/valves V8/32

    Capacity 4293 cc

    Compression ratio 10.5:1

    Stroke/Bore 91.0 x 82.5 mm

    Maximum output 282 bhp (210 kW) @ 5600 rpm

    Maximum torque 309 lb/ft (419 Nm) @ 3500 rpm


    Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity

    Cruise control

    Wooden shift knob and steering wheel

    Electrically multi-adjustable steering wheel position

    Speed-sensitive power-assisted steering Three-waveband RDS radio and Dolby cassette deck with Automatic Sound Leveler (ASL)

    Dual automatic advanced climate control air conditioning with Lap Jet heater outlet and automatic recirculation system

    Carpet floor mats are provided as standard in all new Lexus models

    Electrically multi-adjustable front seats, with lumbar support and memory function Separate driver/passenger temperature controls

    Leather upholstery

    Heated front seats

    Front armrest

    Front centre dual console box

    Fill and Go mobility kit

    18" alloy wheels with locking wheel nuts

    High Intensity Discharge (HID) wave-reflector headlamps

    Front fog lamps

    Outside rear view mirror

    electrically adjustable

    heated and electro chromatic (auto-dimming)

    Key-integrated comprehensive vehicle security system including alarm, immobiliser and double locking Intelligent

    Adaptive Front-lighting System (I-AFS)

    Water-repellent glass on door windows

    UV reduction glass

    LED taillights and brake lights

    Illuminated entry system

    Optitron instrumentation

    Touch-screen-operated DVD navigation system


    Dual front and side

    Supplementary Restraint System (SRS) airbag

    Seatbelts with pre-tensioners and force limiters, front

    Four three-point seatbelts

    Four head restraints

    Side impact door bars

    Impact-absorbing structure

    Front and rear crumple zones

    Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)

    Brake Assist System (BAS)

    Traction Control System (TRC)

    Electronic Brakeforce Distrbution (EBD)

    Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)

    Tyre Pressure Warning System (TPWS)


    Front Double wishbone

    Rear Double wishbone


    Front Ventilated discs

    Rear Solid discs


    Mark Levinson 9-speaker stereo hi-fi system with 3-wave-band RDS radio with 18 pre-set channels and Dolby cassette

    6-disc CD auto-changer

    Super-high quality finish featuring multi-layer paint treatment

    Automatic sound leveliser adjusts volume to ambient noise

    Steering wheel mounted audio controls

    Extensive anti-corrosion protection

    Electric aerial