2007 Lexus SC430 | new car review

Posted on Jun 19, 2009 by

Quick Review

GoodGood A new for 2007 6 speed sequential shift transmission, luxurious convertible
BadBadBoring looks, hardly any space in the back seats, lacks sportiness
SpecsSpecs4.3-litre V8 engine with VVT-i generating 332 bhp at 5600rpm and 494 Nm of torque at 3400rpm
PricePriceAED 262,000 * check with your local dealer at the time of purchase
RatingEditors Rating Three Star

Toyota’s luxury division launched its first convertible — a sport-luxury 2+2 coupe with a retractable steel roof — as a 2002 model and said its styling was inspired by the French Riviera. The SC430 has received several updates over the years. For 2007, exterior revisions include a new wheel and front fascia design, as well as LED taillights. Updated interior cues consist of a revised instrument panel and shift plate, and new interior trim configurations. A sportier six-speed-automatic transmission replaces the five-speed gearbox and now features a sequential-shifting mode.

Instead of a fabric top, the 2007 430 features a hardtop that retracts in less than 25 seconds. Created with a low roofline and sleek profile, the design was subjected to wind testing to ensure it met Lexus’ standards for noise, vibration and harshness. A fully independent suspension uses double wishbones. High-intensity-discharge headlights and fog lights are standard. For 2007, the headlights gain an Adaptive Front Lighting System that automatically swivels the lights several degrees for better illumination around curves.

Considered a 2+2 coupe, the 2007 Lexus SC430 has a tiny backseat that’s intended mainly for luggage, which is helpful considering the sliver-shaped trunk. Rear legroom is nearly nonexistent. Cargo volume totals 8.8 cubic feet, but installing run-flat tyres and deleting the spare yields a tad more space. Lexus uses natural leather and wood to recreate what it calls “the comfort of a luxurious living room.” Standard equipment includes a navigation system, heated 10-way power front seats, a power tilt/telescoping steering wheel and a 240-watt nine-speaker Mark Levinson stereo with an in-dash CD changer.

The 2007 Lexus SC430 is powered by a supremely smooth 4.3-litre V8 engine with VVT-i generating 332 bhp at 5600rpm and 494 Nm of torque at 3400rpm. Power is distributed to the rear wheels via a new electronically controlled six-speed automatic transmission with optional override for manual sequential gear range selection for those seeking a more involving driving experience. The same unit as used in the Lexus LS and GS models, it adapts the shift pattern to suit individual driving style and road conditions.

Body TypeCoupe-Convertible
Price (in AED)262,000
Engine Size (litre)4.3
Power (bhp)332
Torque (Nm)494
Transmission6A

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