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Lexus Buyer's Guide


The Lexus SC is a luxury coupe first launched in 1991. It seats four passengers and has rear wheel drive and front engine. The first Lexus SC, the SC 400 was produced in 2000 and the second generation, the SC 430, followed suit the following year. The SC 430 has V8 engine and hardtop convertible design. The third generation SC had some of the components of its predecessors, which was generally based from the Toyota Soarer, but also has new innovative features.

The 2008 Lexus SC has 4.3 liter V8 engine which gives it 288 hp at 5,600 rpm and 317 lb/ft of torque at 3,400 rpm. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.8 seconds, has a top track speed of 149 (electronically limited), 1/4-Mile Acceleration of  14.3 sec and Aerodynamic Drag Coefficient of 0.31. It has six-speed sequential-shift automatic Electronically Controlled Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i), electronic Traction Control (TRAC) and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC). For the suspension, it has front coil springs, gas-filled shock absorbers, high-mount upper arm, stabilizer bar and rear coil springs, gas-filled shock absorbers, stabilizer bar, strut rod. For the brakes, it has four-sensor, four-channel (integrated with VSC) Anti-lock braking (ABS), Brake Assist, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), 11.7 in ventilated front discs and 12.1 in solid rear disc brakes.

Lexus SC comes in four-passenger retractable hardtop luxury convertible, two door variant. It has 18-in five-spoke aluminum alloy rim type or the optional 18-in five-spoke aluminum alloy with Liquid Graphite finish, 18-in G-Spider aluminum alloy and 18-in Machined Tourmaline aluminum alloy rim types. It has a wheel size of 18 x 8.0 in and standard 245/40R18 Z-rated summer tires or the optional 245/40R18 V-rated summer run-flat tires and 245/40R18 V-rated all-season run-flat tires. 

For additional safety and security, the 2008 Lexus SC comes with the standard front (SRS), side seat-mounted (SRS) and Knee (SRS) driver airbags; and front (SRS), side seat-mounted (SRS), knee (SRS) front passenger airbags. Another standard are the electronic Traction Control (TRAC) and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) for total stability and control. For a reliable braking performance, it has four-sensor, four-channel Anti-Lock Braking (ABS), Brake Assist, Four-wheel and power-assisted braking with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD). Other safety features of the SC includes dual side-impact door beams, reinforcements in pillars and doorsills,  impact-dissipating upper interior trim, front and rear crumple zones, three-point seatbelts for all seating positions,  front-row seatbelts with pre-tensioners and force limiters, Automatic Locking Retractor/Emergency Locking Retractor (ALR/ELR) seatbelts for passenger seat, child restraint seat, theft-deterrent and engine immobilizer, with in-key transponder and window lock button on driver door.

The Lexus SC has a dimension of 178.5 in length, 72.0 in width, 53.1 in height, 103.1 in wheelbase and curb weight of 3,840 lb. It has power-retractable aluminum-alloy roof, High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps, headlamp washers, Daytime Running Lights (DRL), integrated fog lamps, LED taillamps, dual chrome exhaust tips, power-adjustable outside mirrors with timed defoggers and Water-repellent door glass. 
The SC is the ultimate luxury convertible with its other features. This includes the Lexus Memory System for power driver’s seat, outside mirrors and steering wheel,  10-way controls (including lumbar) for driver and front passenger seats, heated front seats with variable heat settings, height-adjustable headrests for all seats, cruise control, Intuitive Climate Control with lap-level vents, Interior air filter, smog sensor and automatic recirculation,  Voice-activated DVD Navigation System with Bluetooth technology, remote keyless entry, HomeLink Transceiver, remote windows, power windows, power door locks, power mirrors, Mark Levinson Premium Audio System with Automatic Sound Levelizer (ASL) and single-feed, six-disc CD auto-changer and  power mast antenna with adjustable height and FM-diversity system.