Lexus SC430 is a sports coupe-convertible, the Japanese counterpart of which is Toyota Soarer. This car was first presented to the general public at the Geneva Motor Show in the spring of 2001. A fully automatic hardtop in this segment of the car market looks familiar, but an 8-cylinder engine with a capacity of 276 liters. with. and with a 5-speed automatic transmission, the Lexus SC430 stands out from the overall range. Special attention was paid to the electric folding system of the roof, which allows you to turn a full-fledged coupe into a convertible and back in just 25 seconds. Unlike most similar designs, it is controlled with just one button, and its action can be stopped / started with one click.
The equipment of the Lexus SC430 in the R1 configuration includes 245 / 40R18 tires on alloy wheels, xenon headlights, rear fog lights and an integrated rear spoiler. Inside, there are all the “usual” signs of a top-class coupe: leather seats, wood trim, electric front seats and steering column, DVD-based navigation system, Mark Levinson Hi-Fi system with 9 speakers and a 6-disc CD changer. The air conditioning and heating system automatically recognizes not only the presence or absence of a roof, but also monitors the position of the sun and the speed of the car. In accordance with the combination of these parameters, the temperature regime of the air supplied to the passenger compartment, as well as the direction of its movement, is issued. So, for example, even when driving with an open top in fairly cold weather, passengers and the driver will not feel discomfort. To do this, warm air is additionally supplied through air ducts to the central and lower parts of the cabin. Lexus SC430 has a "classic" rear-wheel drive and is equipped with a 4.3-liter 8-cylinder engine. Of the features of this power unit, it is possible to note the presence of the ETCS-I system (intelligent electronic throttle control system), which controls the throttle not only through changing the position of the pedal, but also depending on the speed of the car and engine speed. The VVT-I system provides high torque over a wide rev range. The engine develops 276 hp. at 5600 rpm and 419 Nm of torque at 3500 rpm. As a result, Lexus SC430 is able to accelerate from zero to 100 km / h in 6.2 seconds, developing a top speed of 250 km per hour. With high performance, the engine is characterized by a "balanced" fuel consumption - it is 11.4 l / 100 km in the combined cycle.
The power unit Lexus SC430 release until 2006 is paired with a 5-speed automatic transmission with intelligent adaptive system AI-SHIFT. There are SNOW and POWER modes, with the last gear shifting later. The car has a completely independent suspension (front and rear - double wishbones, coil springs, anti-roll bar) and is built on a platform common with the GS430 sports sedan. The SC430 was originally designed as a convertible. Therefore, the rigidity of the body is quite large with both a folded and an unfolded roof. 4 airbags, an anti-lock braking system with electronic brake force distribution (EBD), electronic emergency braking (EBA), three-position seat belts with pretensioners, an alarm for tire pressure (Run Flat), and a control system are responsible for driver and passenger safety Stability Program (VSC). The spectacular appearance of the Lexus SC430 is combined with a wealth of interior decoration, the car has even been recognized as the best among convertibles and premium roadsters. True, despite the four-seater saloon, priority is mainly given to the driver and front passenger. With a powerful V8 engine, the car has a dynamic driving, and even proved to be good in motorsport (of course, in modified versions). In 2005, the Lexus SC430 was restyled, improving equipment and safety.