2007 Lexus SC430
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2007 Lexus SC 430
Base MSRP: $65,455
Model Code: 9270
Doors: 2 Door
Max Power: 288hp
Rear Spoiler – $440
Coefficient of drag: 0.30 Body color trunk/hatch spoiler
Cargo Net (PIO) – $59
Load restraint net
Liquid Graphite Wheels/All-Season Tires – $400
Liquid Graphite wheels Cargo capacity: all seats in place (cu ft): 9.4
Liquid Graphite Wheels/Summer Tires – $400
Liquid Graphite wheels Cargo capacity: all seats in place (cu ft): 9.4
All-Season Run Flat Tires – $400
Rear and front run flat/punctureproof tires Cargo capacity: all seats in place (cu ft): 9.4
Summer Run Flat Tires – $400
Rear and front run flat/punctureproof tires Cargo capacity: all seats in place (cu ft): 9.4
Non Coded Item
Trunk Mat (PIO) – $69
Carpeted trunk mat
Wheel Locks (PIO) – $69
Standard Paint Type – $0
Metallic paint [J004] Standard Paint Type And [J005] Standard Paint Type
Standard Paint Type – $0
Black paint [J005] Standard Paint Type And [J003] Standard Paint Type
Standard Paint Type – $0
Gloss paint [J004] Standard Paint Type And [J003] Standard Paint Type
Body color front and rear bumpers
12v power outlet: front and 1
Remote control remote trunk/hatch release
Remote fuel filler door release
Memorized adjustment with two settings on door mirror position and steering wheel position with four driver’s seat positions and four passenger seat positions
Front seats cigar lighter
Delayed/fade courtesy lights
Front reading lights
Illuminated entry system
Cargo area light
Illuminated driver and passenger vanity mirror
Navigational systems : information type: full map and voice and touch screen controls DVD and color
Garage door opener
Coming home device
Voice activating system includes navigation system
Luxury trim wood/woodgrain on gearknob, wood & leather on doors and wood & leather on dashboard
Floor covering: carpet in load area
Leather seat upholstery with additional leather
Front seat center armrest
Bucket heated electrically adjustable driver and passenger seat with height adjustment, lumbar adjustment, five adjustments and tilt adjustment
Two fixed bucket front facing rear seats with zero adjustments
Lockable glove compartment
Door pockets/bins for driver seat and passenger seat
Front seat back storage
Front seats cup holders pop out
Full dashboard console , full floor console with covered storage box
Ventilation system with recirculation setting and micro filter
Passenger seat secondary ventilation controls
Air conditioning with climate control
Power + diversity antenna
Mark Levinson RDS audio system with AM/FM, cassette, Disc Autochanger and six-disc remote changer
Remote audio controls
Audio anti-theft protection: integrated in dash and concealable
Service interval indicator
Automatic drive indicator on dashboard
Oil pressure warning light
Door ajar warning
Low fuel level warning
Low washer fluid level warning
Computer with average speed, average fuel consumption, instantaneous fuel consumption and range for remaining fuel
Low tire pressure indicator
Projector beam lens Bi-Xenon headlights
Headlight control with time delay switch-off and dusk sensor active
Front fog lights
Day time running lights
Door entry light
Automatic operation rear view mirror
Driver and passenger power heated body color door mirrors with automatic and automatic operation
Fixed rear window with defogger
Tinted glass on cabin, rear and side
Heat reflective glass
Windshield wipers with automatic intermittent wipe
High pressure headlight cleaners
Front power windows with two one-touch
Driver front airbag with multi-stage deployment , passenger front airbag with occupant sensors and multi-stage deployment
Front side airbag with occupant sensors
Two height adjustable head restraints on front seats , two head restraints on rear seats
3-point reel front seat belts on driver seat and passenger seat with pre-tensioners
3-point reel rear seat belts on driver side and passenger side
Warranty and Fixed Charges
Fixed delivery charges: 715
Full car warranty: duration (months): 48 or distance (miles): 50,000
Powertrain warranty: duration (months): 72 or distance (miles): 70,000
Anticorrosion warranty: duration (months): 72 or distance (miles): unlimited
Road-side assistance warranty: duration (months): 48 or distance (miles): unlimited
Two-door convertible body style SC
Seating: four seats
4,293 cc 4.3 liters V 8 front engine with 91 mm bore, 82.5 mm stroke, 10.5 compression ratio, double overhead cam, variable valve timing/camshaft and four valves per cylinder 3UZ-FE
Emission control level ULEV
Performance: maximum speed (mph): 149 and acceleration 0-60 mph (secs): 5.8
Power: 215 kW , 288 HP SAE @ 5,600 rpm; 317 ft lb , 430 Nm @ 3,400 rpm
Fuel economy EPA highway (mpg): 25 and EPA city (mpg): 18
Electronic traction control via ABS & engine management
Automatic six-speed transmission with mode select, lock-up, electronic control, manual mode, shift lever on floor, 3.296:1 first gear ratio, 1.958:1 second gear ratio, 1.348:1 third gear ratio, 1:1 fourth gear ratio, 0.725:1 fifth gear ratio, 0.582:1 sixth gear ratio and 2.951:1 reverse gear ratio A761E and automatic with manual mode
Front and rear other tires with 245 mm tire width, 40% tire profile and Z tire rating official brochure tyre size
Front and rear alloy wheels with 18 inch rim diam and 8 inch rim width
Spacesaver steel rim internal spare wheel
Four disc brakes including two ventilated discs
Electronic brake distribution
Brake assist system
Wood & leather electrically adjustable multi-function steering wheel with tilt adjustment and telescopic adjustment easy entry
Vehicle speed proportional power steering
Multi-point injection fuel system
Premium unleaded fuel 91
19.8 gallon main premium unleaded fuel tank
Weights: curb weight (lbs) 3,840
External dimensions: overall length (inches): 178.5, overall width (inches): 72, overall height (inches): 53.1, wheelbase (inches): 103.1, front track (inches): 61, rear track (inches): 60.4 and curb to curb turning circle (feet): 35.4
Internal dimensions: front headroom (inches): 37.2, rear headroom (inches): 33.9, front hip room (inches): 55.7, rear hip room (inches): 49.5, front leg room (inches): 43.6, rear leg room (inches): 27.1, front shoulder room (inches): 5
3.8, rear shoulder room (inches): 46.6 and interior volume (cu ft): 75
Cargo capacity: all seats in place (cu ft): 8.8
Since its debut six years ago, the Lexus SC 430 luxury convertible has won over a fair amount of shoppers due to its distinctive retractable-hardtop design, easygoing demeanor and reputation for quality. The elegant interior features genuine wood trim and a long list of standard features, including 10-way power heated seats, a navigation system, wireless cell phone connectivity and automatic climate control. In fact, the list of standard equipment is so thorough that the SC 430 only comes in one trim level. Unfortunately, there are a few drawbacks. For one, there is virtually no cargo space. The trunk is small, and with the top down that space shrinks even more. The rear seats are essentially just for show; even small children will be annoyed with the lack of legroom. And although the 2007 Lexus SC 430 boasts a 288-horsepower V8 engine, a sport-oriented suspension design and rear-wheel drive, it simply does not provide much inspiration. For those wanting a convertible that’s more fun to drive or available with the latest techno-gadgets, the BMW 6 Series, Jaguar XK or Mercedes CLK will likely be better choices.
Body Styles, Trim Levels and Options
The 2007 Lexus SC 430 is a luxury convertible. Standard features include 18-inch wheels, adaptive HID headlights, heated outside mirrors, a navigation system, leather seats, driver and passenger memory functions, premium audio system, automatic climate control and either bird’s eye maple or walnut trim. With a press of a button, the aluminum-alloy roof rises to provide shelter from the vagaries of the environment. Once closed, the top seals tight to transform the SC 430 into a hardtop coupe possessing superior wind noise suppression. The only factory options for the SC 430 include a rear spoiler, run-flat tires and different wheels. The limited-production Pebble Beach edition, which features special paint, unique interior finishing and 18-inch alloy wheels, is also available this year.
Powertrains and Performance
The Lexus SC 430 is powered by a 4.3-liter V8 engine that produces 288 hp and 317 pound-feet of torque. Driven by a six-speed automatic transmission with sequential shift, the SC 430 achieves a 0-60-mph time of 5.8 seconds.
The 2007 Lexus SC 430 comes equipped with antilock brakes with brake assist. Traction control, stability control, front side airbags, knee-protecting airbags and a tire-pressure monitoring system are also included.
Interior Design and Special Features
With the push of a button, the retractable hardtop transforms the SC 430 from a coupe to a convertible in approximately 21 seconds. Inside, the interior is elegant and luxurious, as one would expect. It features real wood and generous amounts of supple leather throughout the cabin. Unfortunately, the trunk is a tad small as it holds only 8.8 cubic feet of cargo. By adding run-flat tires and ditching the spare in the trunk, space is increased to 9.4 cubic feet. Once you put the top down, cargo space decreases even more. Additionally, the SC’s rear seats are basically just for show rather than actual use.
Despite its aging design, the 2007 Lexus SC 430 is still one of the best luxury convertibles for general around-town cruising. The engine climbs to redline without any strain and the exhaust note is extremely subdued. The suspension filters out every bump in the road in its attempt to maintain civility at all times. This, however, results in less responsive driver feedback and reduced confidence when pushing the car hard through corners.
Driver and passenger knee airbags are standard this year, and the front passenger seat now has an occupant detection sensor for airbag deactivation.
Retractable hardtop, quiet V8 engine, bulletproof Lexus quality.
New for 2006
A 6-speed automatic transmission and cosmetic touch-ups mark this upper-crust convertible for 2006. SC 430 features a power-retractable metal roof and a small rear seat intended for occasional use, mainly by kids. Its 4.3-liter V8 is shared with other Lexus models. The new 6-speed automatic replaces a 5-speed unit as the only transmission. Front side airbags, ABS, and antiskid system are standard. So are 18-inch wheels, leather/wood cabin trim, navigation system, and premium Mark Levinson audio. Steering-linked headlamps are added for 2006. Options include rear spoiler and run-flat tires. The ’06 SC also gets revised front-end styling, LED taillamps, and interior detail changes
Lexus SC430 Article
The Lexus SC 430 switches from luxury hardtop coupe to open roadster with the press of a button. It’s quiet and secure with the top up, perfect for two people dressed for an evening on the town. Dropping the power hardtop converts it into an open roadster, enjoyable on those perfect spring days.
Looking bolder and brighter for 2006, the Lexus SC 430 attracts attention wherever it goes. Its richly rounded styling is upscale and refined. Its interior, freshened for 2006, is luxurious and comfortable, trimmed in leather and a choice of rich woods.
The SC 430 performs well and boasts true sports car credentials: rear-wheel drive, a fully independent suspension, and a powerful V8 engine. It’s stable at high speeds and offers excellent control on winding roads and freeway on-ramps. And it’s easy to live with around town, with a smooth, relatively soft suspension, and smooth, responsive performance in stop-and-go traffic. Rough city streets are subdued yet it’s delightful on country roads.
A new six-speed automatic transmission on 2006 models replaces last year’s five-speed automatic, and the front and rear styling has been revised.
The Lexus SC 430 comes as one model ($65,355) that features a power retractable hardtop, a 4.3-liter V8, the new six-speed automatic transmission, and a long list of luxury features. It comes trimmed in buttery-soft leather with beautiful wood and chrome accents. Also standard is a navigation system and Mark Levinson® audio with nine speakers. A rear spoiler and run-flat tires are among the few available options.
For the third consecutive year, Lexus is offering the SC 430 Pebble Beach Edition. Only 500 of the 2006 Pebble Beach Edition will be available in the U.S. Distinctive features for the Pebble Beach package ($2,000) include a striking combination of Tigereye exterior paint and Camel-leather interior as well as elegant Pebble Beach emblems. The 2006 edition will also be offered with a specially commissioned Lexus Tigereye luggage set.
Safety equipment for all SC 430 models includes dual frontal airbags, side-impact airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic brake-force distribution, Brake Assist, Vehicle Stability Control, and traction control.
The 2006 SC 430 looks like no other Lexus. It’s curvaceous and daring, a dramatic, eye-catching statement that resembles nothing else on the road.
The front styling has been revised for 2006 with bolder two-bulb headlight clusters, and heavier brightwork surrounding a more sharply angular rendition of Lexus’s trademark trapezoid grille. The front bumper is more pronounced, and the Lexus badge is bigger.
The 2006 Lexus SC 430 has been upgraded with the Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS), which helps drivers see around turns better at night. The system uses an on-board processor that calculates the optimum angle to illuminate a turn, then swivels the headlamp closest to the turn accordingly.
The styling features an arched roof that leads to a rounded rear. 2006 models feature sophisticated LED tail lights that replace the multi-lens lamps used last year.
Beneath its beltline the SC 430 is round and plump but pleasingly so. The bold, squatty stance is emphasized by its long wheelbase, exaggerated wheel wells, and 18-inch wheels. The design p
ushes the wheels so far out to the corners they almost seem to stretch the sheet metal behind them. The wheels have been redesigned for 2006 with a more wide-open appearance, with metallic gray spokes and flat titanium-look center inserts.
Press a button and the lightweight aluminum hardtop quickly folds itself double and tucks into the trunk. With the top concealed below the trunk lid, the SC 430 looks fluid and fast. The optional rear spoiler further reduces the car’s slick drag coefficient of 0.31 to an even slicker 0.30.
Available run-flat tires eliminate the need for a spare tire and thus increase space in the trunk.
The SC 430 features a lavish cockpit with contoured bucket seats swathed in buttery-soft leather trim. The seats are very comfortable and adjust in every imaginable direction.
Rich, glossy wood, in burled walnut or new dark Espresso, graces the steering wheel, gear selector, and console and streaks across doors and dash. Wooden flaps conceal the audio unit and navigation system. A leather-padded armrest tops the console; lifting it reveals a handy storage bin. The cupholders work great.
The SC 430’s cockpit is commendably simple and well-organized, in spite of its sophisticated electronic gear and power-motivated controls. The driver faces a steering wheel that tilts and telescopes and incorporates handy switches for the cruise control. Immediately ahead are three chrome-ringed binnacles housing round analog gauges, with crisp white-on-black graphics and vivid red needles. The gauges are easy to read except fuel and temperature, which compete with the gear indicators for attention. Switches for windows and door locks dot the padded armrest on the driver’s door. At the top of the center stack to the right are audio and climate controls, plus a video screen for the navigation system.
The navigation system was upgraded for 2005 with improved graphics and new functions. The automatic climate system features independent controls for the left and right sides of the cabin. It has its own, separate LED display for temperature and air flow. It’s easy to read and operate yet is quite sophisticated: Lap vents deploy automatically when the top is open to compensate for solar heating.
The 240-watt Mark Levinson® stereo delivers amazingly good quality sound. The radio, cassette player, and six-disc, in-dash CD changer brilliantly reproduce music and voice through a seven-channel amplifier and nine speakers, including an eight-inch subwoofer. It maintains full harmonic richness and high audio resolution even when you’re at speed with the top down. It’s refreshingly easy to operate in spite of its sophistication, so you don’t have to study the owner’s manual to figure out how to use it.
A button next to the climate system opens the top. Simply press the switch, a trunk flap rises, the roof folds and slips into the trunk, the flap closes and windows go down.
Lurking behind the front seats are a pair of smaller, form-fitting rear bucket seats rigged with integrated headrests and three-point safety belts. But don’t mistake the SC 430 for a four-seater. Those back buckets are painfully upright and are generally unsuitable for humans. Better to use them as a relief storage shelf for the diminutive trunk.
Like other sports cars, the SC 430 is not the best car for picking someone up at the airport. Luggage space is lacking with just 8.8 cubic feet of trunk room. Removing the spare tire expands that to 9.4 cubic feet. Dropping the top eliminates the trunk entirely as a serious storage area. However, the Lexus offers considerably more luggage space than you’ll find in the Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet or Cadillac XLR, and slightly more than what’s provided in the Mercedes-Benz SL 500. Yet it’s a bit smaller than the boot in the Jaguar XK8.
The Lexus SC 430 blends performance and agility with smoothness and luxury. With the top up and symphonic sound swirling through the leather-lined cabin, the SC 430 isolates its occupants from noise and rough roads. Its engine and transmission are very smooth and the suspension handles bumps and road undulations superbly, far better than most cars.
Drop the top and the wind swirls above you. Wind buffeting is minimal at normal highway speeds and even at high speeds there’s little buffeting. It’s easy to conduct a conversation without raising your voice.
The Lexus SC 430 is not a sports car in the sense of a Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet. With its soft suspension, the SC 430 floats and wallows on winding, bumpy roads. Take it to the limit in a tight corner, and it understeers (the front tires lose grip before the rear tires). It offers neither the grip nor the transient response of the 911, the Mercedes-Benz SL 500, the Jaguar XK8, or the Cadillac XLR.
The SC 430 is enjoyable to drive, however. In fact it’s quite wonderful at a brisk pace on winding mountain roads. Its rear-wheel drive is the proper layout for a performance car, giving it handling balance and responsiveness that no front-wheel-drive car can match. But the SC 430 is not intended to be driven like a race car. It is, after all, a Lexus, designed to excel in the areas of comfort and refinement.
Similarly, the SC 430 is quick, if not lightning quick. It’s capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in less than six seconds. The double overhead-cam 4.3-liter all-aluminum V8 produces 288 horsepower at 5600 rpm and 317 pound-feet of torque at 3400 rpm. (The numbers are down slightly this year because of a change in the Society of Automotive Engineers test procedures. Power and torque are actually the same as last year, just measured differently.) The SC 430 offers acceleration performance comparable to that of the Mercedes SL 500 and Jaguar XK8, which is fast company, but it isn’t as quick as the Porsche 911 or Cadillac XLR. Top speed of the SC 430 is electronically limited to 143 mph, more than fast enough.
Around town, the Lexus is smooth, quiet and sophisticated. The four-cam V8 delivers strong torque at low rpm, and has a flexible powerband, which gives it solid, smooth response around town. These are benefits of the VVT-i variable-valve timing and drive-by-wire electronic throttle control.
Adding to the smooth power delivery is a new six-speed automatic transmission, with Formula 1-style sequential manual override for when you feel like shifting for yourself.
Active safety features help the driver maintain control by reducing the chance of a skid. ABS prevents the brakes from locking up to help the driver maintain steering control in a panic-braking situation. Electronic brake-force distribution enhances control under hard braking. Brake Assist helps maintain full braking pressure when the system determines that the driver is responding to an emergency but relaxes pressure on the brake pedal. Vehicle Stability Control helps maintain traction and direction by sensing the onset of a skid and adjusting throttle and brakes to help keep you on track. Traction control reduces rear wheel spin when accelerating on slippery surfaces. Passive safety features include seatbelts with pre-tensioners and force limiters and emergency locking retraction. They are excellent seatbelts, so be sure to wear them as they are your first line of defense in an accident. The SC 430 is equipped with side-impact airbags in addition to the mandated dual frontal airbags.
The new 18-inch alloy wheels are fitted with P245/40ZR18 Dunlop summer tires. Optional run-flat tires eliminate the need for carrying a spare in the tiny trunk. Puncture a run-flat tire and you can continue driving until you reach a repair facility, but you shouldn’t drive over 55 mph or for more than 100 miles. Run-flats also eliminate the need to stop in a dangerous or unfriendly area. Run-flat tires introduce a ride quality that’s rougher and not as quiet, however, so test drive and choose this option carefully.
The Lexus SC 430 is a luxurious roadster that converts to a har
dtop coupe with the press of a button. It’s smooth and quiet, powerful and enjoyable to drive. Its interior is beautiful, comfortable, and luxurious. It’s a terrific car for a long drive assuming you pack light. Though it has a vestigial rear seat, the SC 430 is, for all practical purposes, a two-seater.
Model Line Overview
Model lineup: Lexus SC 430 ($65,355)
Engines: 288-hp 4.3-liter dohc 32-valve V8
Transmissions: 6-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard): dual frontal and side-impact airbags; 3-point seatbelts with pre-tensioners and force limiters, front and rear; ABS with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) and brake assist; traction control; vehicle skid control (VSC); four-sensor tire pressure warning system; projector-type high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps with adaptive directional control; ISO-FIX anchor brackets for child seats in the rear
Safety equipment (optional): none
Basic warranty: 4 years/50,000 miles
Assembled in: Higashifuji, Japan
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP): Lexus SC 430 ($65,355)
Standard equipment: automatic climate control; leather seats and armrests; adaptive HID headlamps with washers; central locking system with keyless entry; theft deterrent system; dual heated and electrochromic exterior mirrors; electrochromic interior mirror; power windows with auto up/down feature; power tilt and telescope steering wheel; 10-way power front seats with heat; 3-spoke leather/wood steering wheel; wood-capped gear shift knob; wood trim on center console and instrument panel; cruise control; Lexus Navigation System; Lexus/Mark Levinson® AM/FM/ ETR/cassette/CD audio with six-disc in-dash changer, seven-channel high-power amplifier and nine speakers plus automatic sound leveling (ASL); electric trunk and fuel door releases with valet lockout; first aid and tool kits in trunk; 18×8-in. alloy wheels with chrome-plated ornamentation; 245/40ZR18 tires
Options as tested (MSRP): none
Destination charge: ($650)
Gas guzzler tax: N/A
Price as tested (MSRP): $65,005
Layout: rear-wheel drive
Engine: 4.3-liter dohc 32-valve V8
Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 288 @ 5600
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm): 317 @ 3400
Transmission: 6-speed ECT-i automatic with sequential manual override
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy: 18/23 mpg
Wheelbase: 103.1 in.
Length/width/height: 177.8/72.0/53.1 in.
Track, f/r: 61.0/60.4 in.
Turning circle: 35.4 ft.
Seating capacity: 2+2
Head/hip/leg room, f: 37.2/55.7/43.6 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m: N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r: 33.9/49.5/27.1 in.
Cargo volume: 9.4 cu. ft.
Towing capacity: N/A
Suspension, f: independent, double-wishbone, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Suspension, r: independent, double-wishbone, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Ground clearance: 5.6 in.
Curb weight: 3840 lbs.
Tires: 245/40VR18 all-season
Brakes, f/r: disc/disc with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist
Fuel capacity: 19.8 gal.