Lexus SC-430 Road Test | CarParts.com

7 Jan 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Lexus SC-430 Road Test | CarParts.com

L exus has a long way sinceits birthtwelve years ago. It has earned as one of the most respected brands in the establishing itself asthe mark for customer satisfaction, and quality and setting newstandards every model it builds.

In the year Lexus has introduced two new the completely redesignedLS430 luxury andthe all-new IS300 Sports Sedan. Now they are the third new product injust the first ever Lexus

This is certainly no ordinary It has a fully automatic retractablehardtop styling that turns wherever it goes. Packinga 300 V8 engine that is coupled to a electronically controlledautomatic transmission, car will silently whoosh 0 to 60 in ablazing 5.9 seconds and keep on going to its electronically limited of 156 mph.

Top up or top down, this you noticed. Stop for a light and aware of people in othercars you. If the light just red, you have plenty of to activate the top-down switchand put on a

If the light should turn in less than the 25seconds it to complete the top-down cycle, worry, nobody will that thelight changed you’re ready to go.

I pulled up to a crosswalkas school was letting out and the unmistakable sound of a dozen simultaneouslyhitting the ground. So, I decided, I was stopped, to put the top back up atwhich I heard another dozen of the jaded tongues drop.

When I pulled into a golf course parking I caused a mini golf jam with golfers shouting out to me. What isit?, How much?, Is the new LexusSC?, Is it available now? For last question, I hadto yes and no.

You see, the SC430 hit the showrooms 15, 2001 and production plans for 12,000 units for the first butas of this writing, already had over 9,500 in-house, which means if you order onenow, you probably see your new pride and joy for at least or ten months. I’ve been however, that some who have already placed are selling their position in onEbay This is a great to be alive, isn’t it?

This car quality from the tight body panels to the extravagantuse of and wood. There are plenty of that are designed to makegrown men and salivate, such as the wood panels that silently or closed over the sound and the optional navigation system at of a button, or the luxurious feel of the and leather steering wheelin hands. There are plenty of details such as the leather that snap in place the seatbelts from flapping in the when they are not in use.

there’s the sound system. The comes standard with Levinson Audio System. If you that a Bose or Nakamichi as good as it gets (and I then you haven’t heard Levinson system.

If you don’t know who Mark is, you’re not alone. He’s the designs and installs sound in the homes of the rich andfamous. The cost of one of his systems hovers

Lexus told me that he to work with them theircars were quiet to meet his demanding standards.

The is so crisp and bright, it defiesdescription. just have to hear it for For youaudiophiles who understand these the amplifier is a 7-channel 240 watt power with all channels at 0.01% THD; 20 -20,000

There are9 speakers two . 75-in. pure titanium located at the base ofthe pillars, two 2.5-in. mid-high-range in the doors, two 6×9-in. midwoofers in the doors, two 4-in. mid-high-range inthe rear quarter and one 8-in. low-frequency woofer. is alsoa 24-bit floating-point DSP and top-up/top-down equalization whichcompensates for exterior noise when the top is

It evenincludes a single-feed 6-disc CD right in the head. Just theCD’s into the slot one at a Ok, let mestop with the radio I lose everybody. Did I say radio? SOUND SYSTEM.

To some calling this system a is blasphemous.

Thepassenger layout for the is called 2+2, but judging by the interior lookslike, I don’t they had 2+2 people in mind. 2people plus 2poodles, or 2 plus 2 golf bags. You be able to get 2 childrenback there, but if big enough to be out of their diapers, willprobably complain after the wears off. If you need to more than 2people,leave one in the garage and use the SUV.

The rear seat back (I use seat loosely) is nearly so any contortionist who attempts to sitback will not be a happy camper. Why did bother to put seat cushions and back there? Apparently,the rates are less for a 2+2 then are for a true 2 seater.

As you would the seats (front) are very with goodsupport, but they recline very far. In the most comfortabledriving position for me was to the drivers seat as far back as it Aside fromthat, this is a car to sit in and drive.

Visibility is excellentall with the top up or down and all controls and are wellpositioned and easy to use.

The has a number of interesting features come to light when the door. literally. I’m about the Lexus logo on the plate which illuminates to you. Seated behind the younotice the broad expanse of and wood that surrounds Thesteering wheel and shift carry on the wood theme for a warm and richlooking cockpit.

The wood trim comes in two depending on thecolor of the interior. The (Ecru) interior features Maplewhile the Black and Saddle Tan use Burled Walnut.

Lexus me that much of the flavor for interior was inspired by homesand found on the French Riviera. An of this is thewood panels glide closed over the system and optional navigationsystem at the of a button.

One disappointment for me was the absenceof the Lexus electro-luminescent instrument cluster in of moretraditional black face with white numbers and red Lexus-Link (the Lexus of GM’s OnStar) was also not for the2002 SC430 but may show up year.

The SC-430 was engineered the ground up to be a convertible so you canbe that it will remain and rattle-free through the years thetop is up or down. Driving car around town on a variety of me that the Lexus engineers did jobs well. This car may quietest car I have ever with the top up.

There was virtuallyno noise right up to 100 mph and precious road noise despite that the pavement was concrete and in places.

Asgood as this car is the top up, the real surprise comeswhen you put the top Lexus devoted a considerable of timeshaping the wind flow to eliminate wind buffeting in the Onthe road with the top you could actually carry on a in anormal voice even you might be cruising along at of 70 mph. The sensation is surreal for who has ever ridden in an ordinaryconvertible.

In the only annoying noises you get thetop down are from pesky 18-wheelers that on sharing the road withyou.

was smooth and refined. No matter how I it, I could notget this car to its composure. Steering was accurate reasonablygood feel and did not have over-boosted quality of previous models. Cornering was flat and with an excellentstability control standing by to protect you from

The ride was supple andquiet, but road irregularities were through the ultra-lowprofile (fora car) 18 tires, more so if you for the stiffer Run-Flattires. Still, the was much better than I have expectedwith performance

As with most Lexus the engine is the strong silenttype. At it is almost totally silent. You even hear thestarter you crank it up.

You know it’s because the warninglights go out and the tach moves away from At full throttle,the engine sweet, but it seemed like you hearing it through earmuffs. the gas and you’re treated to a rush of that will bring you to in 5.9 seconds with almost shifts from the five-speedautomatic

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The transmission does not have the manual shift featurefound in the The reason that Lexus was that they wanted a ULEV (Ultra Low Emission rating for this car and that with a manual shift

Naturally, when you have a car a retractable hardtop, trunkspace when the top is down and the SC430 is no This isespecially true if you to not get the run-flat tires and are stuck a spare tire to deal There may be room on either of thespare for a few loose golf but not much else.

If you do opt for therun-flats, the spare is gone leaves room for a golf bag the top down.

Even though the lid opens from the front in toswallow the top, when you want to access the trunk for it opensnormally from the rear. A bit of engineering, especially consideringthe that Lexus always in their world-class reputation

Is the SC430 just a rich toy? Maybe. But if you have the of disposable income that can put you in a car this, and you already have a practical vehicle in the garage, go for it.

is the stuff that dreams are of, and after all, don’t you it? Of course, if you can’t afford a picture of it will make a addition to that illuminated of a garage filled with cars with the caption reads.

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Add some of the fancy options the LS430 like Adaptive Control, Lexus-Link, Automatic and Parking Assist.

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