Lexus SC430 vs. Mercedes-Benz CLK430 Comparison Tests – Page 2 – Car and Driver

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Lexus SC430

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The distinctions were but still, the Lexus prevailed in all the acceleration categories, was quicker in the lane change, turned in the skidpad number, and repeatedly slightly better than its from Stuttgartespecially if you factor in performance, as the Benz was a bit more to fade on Moroso’s road In fact, we set its pads on fire just a few laps and had to adjust our points accordingly.

Beyond the SC held the edge in featuresmore baked into its as-tested including a very good nav system (a $2000 option), an CD changer (as distinct from the trunk-mounted changer), and, of a hardtop that folds up like aluminum origami at the of a button. Although Mercedes the revival of the hardtop convertible, the lid is fabric.

So why does the Lexus languish in the spot? It comes down to two styling and vehicle dynamics. fall into the realm of the and there’s no doubt that our to this car don’t necessarily the market at large.

In fact, the car in recent memory that’s more positive attention a road test is the Audi TT. our own responses to the SC430’s styling and were uniform and unanimous: nice, but not for us.

The SC isn’t a sports nor does it claim to be one. first-ever Lexus convertible into that vague called GT, for grand touring, means fast and sporty, but not at home on a racetrack, and that is where our vague preference for the hardened into certainty. the SC430’s brakes provided pedal feel and more its deportment in hard cornering and transitions was reluctant at best, by lifeboat body roll and understeer.

Our general lack of enthusiasm for the clubroom seats came sharp focus during the session. All but devoid of lateral they force the driver to use the wheel to keep himself when the g-loads start at odd angles. The bottom line: By C/D the SC430’s fun-to-drive index is par.

We were a little underwhelmed by quality, too, although it was to note that our test Dunlop Sport performance were more forgiving the run-flats (supplied by both and Goodyear, a $400 option) experienced on other SCs. has been touting them to space in the tiny trunk by the spare tire. Still, for a car soft springs and relaxed the SC430’s reaction to sharp is disappointingly harsh.

We were once again, with the of the SC’s sweet 4.3-liter 32-valve aluminum V-8. by Toyota’s VVT-i variable system, the Lexus eight 300 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque, an of 25 ponies and 30 pound-feet over the three-valves-per-cylinder V-8, even the latter is all but identical in terms of

Lexus SC430

Although the SC’s five-speed takes its time serving up for passing, this portly (3910 pounds) can hurry prodded. We were a little with its 0-to-60 time6.6 versus the 5.9 seconds forecast by it can’t be called slow, and the asserts itself smoothly and right up to the redline.

Quiet of course, is one of the big benefits of a hardtop and quiet is always a Lexus We were also impressed the serenity of the cockpit with the top the little glass spoiler behind the rear seat a good job of reducing wind and backdraft. The rest of the interior is Lexus, done up sumptuously in leather and genuine walnut

The ergonomics are above reproach, the column tilts and telescopes (in to the Benz’s, which lacks a feature), and the optional nav system was helpful than most in certain light conditions the commands leave a plethora of that make the display like a freshly dusted scene).

We do have one major about the interior: the rear which are snug to the point of Lexus calls the SC430 a but the plus-two could only to a pair of hobbits.

The trunk, is extremely limited, thanks to the top and its but the same can be said for the Benz. And in you were wondering, the Lexus goes up and down quicker the Benz’s soft one.

The SC430 has an advantage of 7.3 seconds the top and 3.3 lowering it.

As far as its styling goes, we it makes a better-looking coupe convertible. Dropping the top accentuates the haunches, and if we didn’t know it wouldn’t be at all difficult to believe the belonged to the Buick family, in as well as appearance. In fact, one comment summed up our collective Is this the next Riviera?

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