Since its introduction in 1991, the SC model has been a staple of the Lexus brand. Offering a 2+2 coupe configuration, the SC has sold well for Lexus over the years. 10 years later, the second generation SC was released. Called the SC430, this model has continued the tradition for another 10 years. Now, at the SC’s 20th anniversary, the road for this model has finally come to an end. It is considered redundant in Lexus’ new model lineup and will be discontinued at the end of this year. The Lexus IS C will fill the SC’s position in the lineup in the future.
While it remains available, the SC430 is still a viable option for mid level coupes. Its retractable hardtop is the most noticeable feature. Allowing you to go from coupe to convertible with the touch of a button. No slouch, either, as it’s good for nearly 150mph on the top end. Its 288 horsepower 4.3 liter v-8 can push the coupe from 0 to 60mph in 5.8 seconds. Power is delivered to the wheels through a six speed transmission.
Body styles: Convertible
Engines: 4.3L V-8
Transmissions: 6-speed automatic
Models: SC 430
For 2010, there are new dark-hued 18-inch six-spoke wheels, the side mirrors have integrated puddle lamps, and Costa Azul Mica is a new available exterior color. Inside, the SC 430’s navigation and Mark Levinson audio system have been upgraded — it features iPod/auxiliary and USB connectivity, Bluetooth, and available XM satellite radio with a three-month subscription included.
The last year of the SC 430 continues the way it always has — with low-key lines and somewhat bland styling cues. The 2010 model has new dark-finish 18-inch six-spoke wheels and integrated puddle lamps in the side mirrors.
There are so many features that are standard — real wood, leather, power everything, Mark Levinson audio system — that there are no options in the cabin. The navigation and stereo systems were upgraded for 2010.
The SC 430’s 288 horsepower V-8 engine with 317-pound-feet of torque is smooth, as is the six-speed automatic transmission. As has been the case through the years, the suspension is tuned for comfort, so the SC does not excel in the slalom. Lexus estimates that its SC 430 reaches 60 mph in 5.8 seconds, finishes the quarter mile in 14.3 seconds, and has a top speed of 149 mph.
Dual front airbags are standard on the SC 430, as well as front seat-mounted side airbags and dual front knee airbags. It also comes with antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist, as well as stability control and traction control.
16 mpg city/23 mpg highway
- Smooth V-8
- Beautiful interior
- Comfortable ride
- Excellent luxury features
- Non-sporting suspension
- Bland, blobby styling
- Some chassis noise
Goodbye SC, hello IS C
- Lexus IS C
- Mercedes-Benz SL
- BMW 6 Series