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SC 430 Model Details

2008
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SC2008

One of the most heralded hardtop convertibles on the road, the SC 430 is equipped with a wealth of luxurious amenities. The 4.3-liter V8 provides the power and response sought after in a luxury coupe. Features for the 2008 model include:
- Automatic on/off projector-beam headlamps with Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS)
- Mark Levinson® Premium Audio System [1]
- Wood-and leather-trimmed interior
- 10-way power seats (including lumbar) for driver and front passenger
- Lexus Memory System
- Voice-activated DVD Navigation System [2] with Bluetooth® technology [3]
- 2008 EPA-estimated 16 city / 23 hwy fuel economy [4]

New For 2008

Standard Features:
- Golden Almond Metallic exterior color replaces Chardonnay Pearl
- Saddle leather interior discontinued
- Scuff plate revised with softer white illumination

All Detailed Specs
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Engine & Performance
Engine Type 4.3-liter V8  
Horsepower 288 @ 5,600 RPM [5]  
Torque (lb-ft) 317 @ 3,400 RPM [5]  
Displacement (L /cu in) 4.3/262  
Valves 32  
Cam Type Four cam  
Electronic Timing Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i)  
Compression Ratio 10.5:1  
Emissions Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle II (ULEV II)  
Performance    
0 - 60 mph (sec) 5.8 [5] [6]  
Top Track Speed (mph) 149 (electronically limited) [5] [6]  
1/4-Mile Acceleration (sec) 14.3 [5] [6]  
Aerodynamic Drag Coefficient 0.31  
Aerodynamic Drag Coefficient with Optional Spoiler 0.30  
Fuel Economy
City (mpg) - estimated 16 [4]  
Highway (mpg) - estimated 23 [4]  
Fuel-Tank Capacity (gal/L) 19.8/75  
Transmission & Drivetrain
Drive Type Rear-wheel drive  
Electronic Traction Control Traction Control (TRAC)  
Electronic Stability Control Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) [7]  
Final Drive Ratio 3.769:1  
Transmission Six-speed sequential-shift automatic  
Electronic Transmission Electronically Controlled Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i)  
Body & Chassis
Body Type Four-passenger retractable hardtop luxury convertible  
Doors Two  
Construction Welded steel unibody  
Suspension    
Suspension Four-wheel, independent double-wishbone suspension  
Suspension, Front Coil springs, gas-filled shock absorbers, high-mount upper arm, stabilizer bar  
Suspension, Rear Coil springs, gas-filled shock absorbers, stabilizer bar, strut rod  
Steering    
Steering Vehicle-speed-sensing, progressive power-assisted rack-and-pinion  
Steering Turns (Lock to Lock) 3.3  
Turning Circle (ft) 35.4  
Brakes    
Brakes Four-wheel power-assisted disc brakes  
Anti-Lock Braking (ABS) Four-sensor, four-channel (integrated with VSC[7]  
Braking Assist Brake Assist [8]  
Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)  
Discs, Front (in) 11.7 ventilated  
Discs, Rear (in) 12.1 solid  
Wheels & Tires
Rim Type 18-in five-spoke aluminum alloy  
  18-in five-spoke aluminum alloy with Liquid Graphite finish

Optional

  18-in G-Spider aluminum alloy

Optional

  18-in Machined Tourmaline aluminum alloy

Optional

Wheel Size (in) 18 x 8.0 [9]  
Tire 245/40R18 Z-rated summer tires [9]; Temporary spare tire on steel wheel  
  245/40R18 V-rated summer run-flat tires [9] [10]

Optional

  245/40R18 V-rated all-season run-flat tires [9] [10]

Optional

Safety & Security
Airbag    
Driver Front (SRS) [11]  
  Side seat-mounted (SRS) [11]  
  Knee (SRS) [11]  
Front Passenger Front (SRS) [11]  
  Side seat-mounted (SRS) [11]  
  Knee (SRS) [11]  
Electronic Traction Control Traction Control (TRAC)  
Electronic Stability Control Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) [7]  
Anti-Lock Braking (ABS) Four-sensor, four-channel (integrated with VSC[7]  
Braking Assist Brake Assist [8]  
Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) Four-wheel, power-assisted braking with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)  
Electronic Tire Pressure Direct Tire Pressure Monitor System [12]  
Frame Rigid body structure  
Impact Resistance Dual side-impact door beams  
  Reinforcements in pillars and doorsills  
  Impact-dissipating upper interior trim  
Crumple Zones Front and rear  
Seatbelts Three-point seatbelts for all seating positions  
  Front-row seatbelts with pre-tensioners and force limiters  
Locking Seatbelt Control Automatic Locking Retractor/Emergency Locking Retractor (ALR/ELR) seatbelts for passenger seat. Driver’s-seat Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) only  
Child Restraint Child Restraint Seat (CRS) tether anchor brackets for rear seating positions  
Child Safety Locks Window lock button on driver door  
Anti-Theft Protection Theft-deterrent and engine immobilizer [13], with in-key transponder  
Valet Lockout Trunk, glove box, lower center console box and convertible roof operation  
Headlamps Automatic on/off projector-beam High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps with dynamic auto leveling, Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS), and 30-second delay  
Headlamp Washers Headlamp washers  
Running Lights Daytime Running Lights (DRL)  
Foglamps Integrated foglamps  
Taillamps LED taillamps  
Defogger Auto-off timer for rear window  
Windshield Wipers Variable intermittent wipers with mist cycle  
Glass Water-repellent door glass  
Mirrors Power-adjustable outside mirrors with timed defoggers  
First Aid Kit Included  
Tool Kit Included  
Exterior Specs
Length (in/mm) 178.5/4,534  
Width (in/mm) 72.0/1,829  
Height (in/mm) 53.1/1,349  
Wheelbase (in/mm) 103.1/2,619  
Curb Weight (lb/kg) 3,840/1,742  
Exterior Features
Hardtop Convertible Power-retractable aluminum-alloy roof  
Headlamps Headlamps Automatic on/off projector-beam High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps with dynamic auto leveling, Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS) and 30-second delay  
Headlamp Washers Headlamp washers  
Running Lights Daytime Running Lights (DRL)  
Foglamps Integrated foglamps  
Taillamps LED taillamps  
Exhaust Tips Dual chrome exhaust tips  
Windshield Wipers Variable intermittent wipers with mist cycle  
Rear Spoiler Rear spoiler

Optional

Mirrors Power-adjustable outside mirrors with timed defoggers  
Glass Water-repellent door glass  
  Rear privacy  
  Laminate  
Interior Specs
Seating Capacity 4  
Headroom, Front (in/mm) 37.2/945  
Headroom, Rear (in/mm) 33.9/861  
Legroom, Front (in/mm) 43.6/1,107  
Legroom, Rear (in/mm) 27.1/688  
Shoulder Room, Front (in/mm) 53.8/1,367  
Shoulder Room, Rear (in/mm) 46.6/1,184  
Trunk Capacity (cu ft/L) 8.8/249  
Trunk Capacity (cu ft /L) with optional run-flat tires 9.4/266 [10] [14]

Optional

Interior Features
Dash Trim Brown walnut or espresso bird’s-eye maple wood trim  
Center Console Trim Brown walnut or espresso bird’s-eye maple wood trim  
Center Console Dual-compartment center console with accessory power outlet  
Door Trim Wood and leather  
Seat Trim Leather  
Steering-Wheel Trim Wood and leather  
Shift Knob Trim Wood and leather  
Power Seats 10-way controls (including lumbar) for driver and front passenger  
Heated Seats - Front Heated front seats with variable heat settings  
Headrests Height-adjustable headrests for all seats  
Memory Systems Lexus Memory System to control power driver’s seat (except lumbar), outside mirrors and steering wheel  
  Lexus Personalized Settings (LPS) [15] to customize electronic functions  
Electronic Releases Trunk-lid and fuel-filler door releases  
Floor Mats Carpeted floor mats  
Comfort & Convenience
Hardtop Convertible Power-retractable aluminum-alloy roof  
Cruise Control Cruise control  
Climate Control Intuitive Climate Control with lap-level vents  
Air Filtration Interior air filter, smog sensor and automatic recirculation  
Navigation System Voice-activated DVD Navigation System [2] with Bluetooth® technology [3]  
Bluetooth® technology Included with voice-activated DVD Navigation System [2] [3]  
Remote Keyless Entry Multifunction, in-key remote entry system with rolling-code technology [13]  
Remote Windows Remote-linked window opening  
HomeLink® Transceiver Operates compatible garage, gate, home lighting and home security systems  
Anti-Theft Protection Theft-deterrent and engine immobilizer [13], with in-key transponder  
Power Windows Power windows with one-touch auto open/close  
Power Door Locks Power door locks with driver’s two-turn unlock feature  
Power Mirrors Auto-dimming inside rearview mirror and outside mirrors  
Power Seats 10-way controls (including lumbar) for driver and front passenger  
Heated Seats - Front Heated front seats  
Adjustable Steering Wheel Power tilt-and-telescopic steering column with automatic tilt-away  
Steering-Wheel Controls Audio controls  
Retained Accessory Power Retained accessory power for windows  
Instrumentation Electroluminescent instrumentation  
Illuminated Entry Illuminated entry system with scuff plates  
Outside Temperature Gauge External temperature display  
Audio & Entertainment
Audio System Mark Levinson® Premium Audio System [1] with Automatic Sound Levelizer (ASL) and single-feed, six-disc CD auto-changer  
Speakers 9  
Watts 240 @ less than 0.01% THD, 20-20,000 Hz [16]  
Antenna Power mast antenna with adjustable height and FM-diversity system  

©2006-2014 Lexus, a Division of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. All information contained herein applies to U.S. vehicles only.

[1]Mark Levinson® is a registered trademark of Harman International Industries, Inc. [2]The Navigation System is designed to assist in locating an address or point of interest. Discrepancies may be encountered between the system and your actual location. Road system changes may affect the accuracy of the information provided. Rely on your common sense to decide whether to follow a specified route. Detailed coverage not available in every city or roadway. Periodic updates available at an additional cost. Please see your Navigation System Owner's Manual for further details. [3]The Bluetooth® technology phones listed on lexus.com have been tested for compatibility with Lexus vehicles. Performance will vary based on phone software version, coverage and your wireless carrier. Phones are warranted by their manufacturer, not Lexus. [4]EPA MPG Estimates. Actual mileage will vary. [5]Ratings achieved using the required premium unleaded gasoline with an octane rating of 91 or higher. If premium fuel is not used, performance will decrease. [6]Performance figures are for comparison only and were obtained with prototype vehicles by professional drivers using special safety equipment and procedures. Do not attempt. [7]Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) is an electronic system designed to help the driver maintain vehicle control under adverse conditions. It is not a substitute for safe driving practices. Factors including speed, road conditions and driver steering input can all affect whether VSC will be effective in preventing a loss of control. See Owner's Manual for further details. [8]Brake Assist is designed to help the driver take full advantage of the benefits of ABS. It is not a substitute for safe driving practices. Braking effectiveness also depends on proper brake-system maintenance, tire and road conditions. [9]18-in performance tires are expected to experience greater tire wear than conventional tires. Tire life may be substantially less than 15,000 miles, depending upon driving conditions. [10]Run-flat tire technology is designed for limited emergency use only. If air pressure is lost, vehicle speed must remain below 55 mph; cornering, braking and accelerating must be done with extreme caution; and the tire should be replaced within 100 miles. See Lexus dealer for details. [11]All the airbag (AB) systems are Supplemental Restraint Systems. All ABs (if installed) are designed to inflate only under certain conditions and in certain types of severe collisions: frontal and knee ABs typically inflate in frontal collisions; side and side curtain ABs in side collisions; Roll-Sensing Curtain ABs at a severe tilt degree, roll or lateral G-force. In all other accidents, the ABs will not inflate. To decrease the risk of injury from an inflating AB, always wear seatbelts, sit upright in the middle of the seat as far back as possible and do not lean against the door. Do not put objects in front of an AB or around the seatback. Do not use a rearward-facing child seat in any front passenger seat. The force of an inflating AB may cause serious injury or death. See Owner’s Manual for further information/warnings. [12]The Tire Pressure Monitor System alerts the driver when tire pressure is critically low. For optimal tire wear and performance, tire pressure should be checked regularly with a gauge; do not rely solely on the monitor system. See Owner's Manual for details. [13]The engine immobilizer is a state-of-the-art anti-theft system. When you insert your key into the ignition switch or bring a SmartAccess fob into the vehicle, the key transmits an electronic code to the vehicle. The engine will only start if the code in the transponder chip inside the key or SmartAccess fob matches the code in the vehicle's immobilizer. Because the transponder chip is embedded in the key or SmartAccess fob, it can be costly to replace. If you lose a key or SmartAccess fob, your Lexus dealer can help. Alternatively, you can find a qualified independent locksmith to perform high-security key services by consulting your local Yellow Pages or by contacting www.aloa.org. [14]When equipped with available run-flat tires. [15]The Lexus Personalized Settings (LPS) can be programmed in two ways: For most models equipped with the available Navigation System, the driver can modify the settings themselves; for other models, including those without a Navigation System, programming is done by your Lexus dealer via a one-time, complimentary offer during the first 12 months from the date the vehicle is sold. See Lexus dealer for more information. [16]Continuous average power, all channels driven, at less than 0.1% THD; 20–20,000 Hz. Back to top