The 2006 Lexus SC 430 hardtop convertible receives fresh front-end styling, including a new grille and front bumper, a thicker chrome surround, and a larger Lexus badge. A new six-speed sequential automatic transmission handles shifting, and an Adaptive Front Lighting System allows the headlamps to follow the road through turns. At the rear are new LED tail lamps, and the 18-inch alloy wheels feature a new five-spoke design. Inside, there's a new leather-trimmed interior with walnut accents (for black, saddle, and ecru interiors) and Bird's-eye maple trim (for camel-colored cabins). The interior door handles receive a swath of chrome, and the shift plate is revised. Finally, five new exterior colors debut: Mercury Metallic, Matador Red, Chardonnay Pearl, Black Pearl, and Tigereye Pearl.
The Lexus SC Series has been a mainstay in the luxury sport segment since the brand joined the fray in 1991 with the SC 400. Now in its second generation, the SC comes in only one flavor, the SC 430, which blends sports coupe and roadster into one vehicle. The rear-wheel-drive hardtop convertible is powered by a 4.3L V-8, which produces 288 hp and 317 lb.-ft. of torque routed through a six-speed sequential automatic transmission. The transmission features Shift Logic Control, an electronic technology that responds to road grade by holding gears or downshifting to provide more engine power or increased braking.
Designed with safety in mind, the SC 430 is equipped with four-channel anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brake-Force Distribution, Brake Assist, Traction Control, and Vehicle Stability Control. Other safety features include dual front air bags, front-seat mounted side air bags, daytime running lights, fog lamps, a tire pressure monitoring system, and High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps with auto levelers.
Standard amenities include heat- and UV-resistant glass; dual power remote heated mirrors with reverse auto-tilt; water repellant side door glass; 10-way power seats; a navigation and audio system (concealed under a powered door); automatic climate controls with lap vents; and a Mark Levinson premium audio system. Options include run-flat all-season tires and a rear spoiler.
J.D. Power and Associates Research
What do owners think about the quality of Lexus SC Series as it comes off the assembly line
The SC ranks highest in initial quality in the premium sporty car segment in the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Initial Quality Study.SM The SC performs well in the HVAC, engine/transmission, and exterior categories. The SC performs better than segment average in the exterior, engine/transmission, HVAC, and features/controls/displays categories.
The Lexus SC 430 competes in the Midsize Premium Sporty segment, along with six other high-dollar, high-horsepower (low volume) coupes and roadsters from manufacturers around the world.
Lexus sold 8,360 SC 430's in calendar year 2005, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report.SM The segment was led by the Chevrolet Corvette (32,489 units in 2005), followed by the Porsche 911 (10,107) and Mercedes-Benz SL-Class (10,080). Others in the segment include the Cadillac XLR, Dodge Viper, and Maserati coupe/Spyder.