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Lexus SC 430

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SC 430
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A luxury coupe produced by Lexus from 2001-2005.

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The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Lexus SC page on 28 September 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

At the 1999 Tokyo Motor Show, Lexus displayed its Sport Coupe concept, a V8-powered convertible, signifying its plans for a replacement for the first-generation SC 300/400. The production version of its new sports coupe-convertible, the SC 430, debuted at the New York Auto Show in April 2000. The car was scheduled to go on sale in the second quarter of the following year. Power was provided by a 4.3 L 3UZ-FE V8 engine with variable valve timing (VVT-i) mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. This engine was the same model as that found in the UCF30 Lexus LS. The SC 430's V8 could produce 288 hp (214.76 kW) and 430 N⋅m (317 lb⋅ft) of torque, allowing the coupe to go from 0–60 mph in 6.2 seconds.

In contrast with the previous generation model, the redesigned Lexus SC was intended as a convertible from its inception. The development team was led by chief engineer Yasushi Nakagawa from 1996 to 2000. Lexus designers from Europe and Japan worked together to create a streamlined design. A design theme was chosen in 1997 developed by Sotiris Kovos, who in return was named chief designer. Led by Kovos, designers traveled to the Côte d'Azur to develop the vehicle's exterior shape, and studied the region's architecture, lifestyle, and harbors. The resulting convertible of 1998 received character lines similar to the region's yachts, in contrast with traditional waveform lines. The vehicle's side profile, the product of extensive wind tunnel testing, was intended to channel air around the passenger compartment at high speed during top-down driving. Design patents were filed in Japan, at the Japan Patent Office on 14 June 1999 under patent number 1095312.


Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
August 2002General Dynamics Remote Advanced Occupant Protection System Investigation
SCI Technical Summary Report
Vehicle - 2002 Lexus SC430
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

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- 128KB - 11 pages
July 2003General Dynamics On-Site Advanced Occupant Protection System Investigation
SCI Technical Summary Report
Vehicle - 2003 Lexus SC 430
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 211KB - 13 pages


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Type & Item #NameDetails
Die Cast x2 - 15080-1601Scion xB/Lexus SC 430Small scale, silver xB & tan SC430


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