(from Lexus Press
Release) Lexus SC 430 Set New Standards for Luxury
The Lexus SC 430 hardtop
convertible enters 2009 with new detail design changes, including
turn signals integrated into the side mirrors, an elegant new color
and a more convenient open/close switch for the roof. The SC 430
pioneered the retractable hardtop in the prestige luxury segment.
The rear-wheel-drive SC
430 is powered by an aluminum double-overhead cam (DOHC) 4.3-liter
V8 engine that produces 288 horsepower and 317 lb.-ft. of peak
torque. Power is channeled through a six-speed automatic
transmission, enabling the SC 430 to accelerate from zero-to-60 mph
in just 5.8 seconds.
The SC 430's V8 is the epitome of Lexus smoothness and graceful
response. Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) enhances
torque over a broad speed range. The Intuitive Powertrain Control
works with the Electronic Throttle Control to help smooth out
acceleration from a standing start. The SC 430 meets Ultra-Low
Emissions Vehicle II (ULEV II) certification.
The six-speed automatic transmission employs Shift Logic Control to
respond to road grade and acceleration/deceleration activity,
holding gears or downshifting on hills to help provide optimal
engine power or a braking effect. A manual sequential-shift feature
allows the driver to enjoy a more involved driving experience when
Engineered as a
convertible from the start, the SC 430's structure provides
outstanding strength whether the retractable hardtop is up or down.
The rigid structure allowed Lexus to tune the front and rear
double-wishbone independent suspension to deliver both responsive
handling and its signature smooth ride. The 53/47 weight
distribution helps deliver optimal balance for confident steering
response and impressive agility, aided by standard 18-inch wheels
with 245/40R18 Z-rated tires. All-season or summer run-flat tires
are available as an option, and the SC 430 offers a Liquid Graphite
finish 18-inch five-spoke wheel option.
The Lexus SC 430 matches
its performance capability with the brand's renowned attention to
safety and security. The Supplemental Restraint System (SRS)
includes front airbags and front seat-mounted side airbags. A
front-passenger-seat weight detection sensor helps determine when
the passenger airbag should be deployed. Front-knee airbags help to
provide further injury-reduction potential in the SC 430.
An array of dynamic electronic features help contribute to safe,
precise handling in the SC 430: a four-sensor, four-channel
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS); Electronic Brake-force Distribution
(EBD); Brake Assist (BA) and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) with
traction control (TRAC). EBD monitors all four wheels during braking
and varies brake pressure according to the load on each wheel.
VSC helps control lateral traction while cornering on slippery or
dry road surfaces by using a combination of throttle intervention
and applying individual wheel braking to help control any
discrepancy between where the driver is steering and where the
vehicle is heading. Integrated with VSC, TRAC is designed to help
limit rear-wheel spin on slippery road surfaces. Brake Assist is
designed to determine if the driver is attempting emergency braking,
and if the driver has not stepped firmly enough on the brake pedal
to engage ABS, it applies increased braking power until pedal
pressure is released.
The SC 430 was among the first Lexus models to offer the advanced
Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) that helps to enhance nighttime
visibility in turns and curves. In the SC 430, a central controller
calculates the optimum lighting direction based on input from
vehicle speed and steering angle and swivels the right and left
headlights independently. A self-leveling feature automatically
levels the lights depending on road conditions. An AFS on/off switch
allows the driver to disengage the system at any time. Other SC 430
safety and visibility features include daytime-running lights,
standard fog lamps and projector-type High-Intensity Discharge (HID)
headlights with auto levelers.
The Lexus SC 430 is so
luxuriously equipped, that there are no optional extras offered for
the interior. Front occupants enjoy the comfort of 10-way,
power-adjustable heated seats. Reflecting the brand's meticulous
attention to convenience, the steering wheel automatically tilts
away when the ignition is turned off to make exiting and entry
easier, then returns to its memory position when the car is started
The SC 430's advanced climate-control system is specifically
designed for a convertible environment. The system adjusts airflow
and temperature automatically, differentiating between top-up and
top-down driving needs and taking into account the outside
temperature to help ensure occupant comfort.
Like all Lexus models, the SC 430 offers advanced technology that
enhances the driving and ownership experience, yet is easy to use.
The standard Lexus Navigation System offers a voice-command feature
that allows hands-free use and provides easy-to-understand graphics
and phone-number-based address recognition. The central wide-format
color display offers a split-screen option and also adjusts seven
degrees up or down to help minimize sun glare when the top is down.
The SC 430 comes equipped as standard with the Mark Levinson®
Premium Audio System. Like the climate control system, the SC 430's
Mark Levinson system is configured to self-optimize performance for
top-up or top-down driving. Designed by one of the audio field's
legendary innovative brands, the SC 430's system uses a
seven-channel DSP 240-watt amplifier and nine strategically located
speakers to turn the car's interior into a private concert hall.
System equalization automatically adjusts when the roof is lowered
to compensate for the changed acoustics and ambient noise levels,
and it returns to its original levels when the roof is raised.
The Lexus SC 430 brings
classic luxury, performance and high technology together in an
elegantly styled hardtop convertible. With the push of a button, the
retractable hardtop transforms the SC 430 from a sleek coupe into an
elegant convertible in under 25 seconds.
Narrow and precise body gaps, a Lexus hallmark, accentuate the SC
430’s sleek, elegant lines. Nine exterior colors are offered, with
extensive use of anti-chipping paint on lower body panels. Good
design continues underneath the SC 430, where four underbody covers
(engine, floor, front and rear) enhance aerodynamic performance.
Sound damping material inside rear wheel wells, under the floor,
rocker moldings and retractable hardtop contribute to low noise
levels in the SC 430. The only factory options for the SC 430
include a rear spoiler, run-flat tires and a five-spoke wheel
The SC 430's
ultra-luxurious interior, with its plush combination of natural
materials including leather and wood trim, took inspiration from
high-end, custom-made yachts. Semi-aniline leather trims not only
the seats but also the door armrests, console cover, and front
seat-belt guides. This hand-stitched leather trim is available in
three colors, including black, Camel and Ecru.
Genuine wood trim is used liberally throughout the SC 430 interior,
including the center console, doors and instrument panel, plus a
matching wood-trim shift knob and a wood-trim cover panel for the
dual front cup holders. A dark brown wood color called Espresso
Birds-eye Maple is paired with the Camel color leather-trim
interior. Walnut wood trim is used with the Ecru and black
Electrically powered, wood-trimmed access doors conceal both the
audio system head unit and the standard navigation system. The
sporty instrument-gauge panel is complemented by the same
steering-wheel design used in the GS sedans. This luxurious wood and
leather-trimmed wheel features a power tilt-telescope adjustment
along with integrated cruise control and audio switches.
All new Lexus vehicles
come with a 48-month/50,000-mile basic limited warranty with
roadside assistance for 48-months/unlimited miles. Powertrain and
restraint system coverage is provided for 72 months/70,000 miles.
Corrosion perforation protection is covered for 72 months,
regardless of mileage.