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1998 Lexus SC 400 Overview
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In 1998, both Lexus SCs underwent substantial revisions. The celebrated 5-speed manual transmission was no longer offered in the 300, but finally became available in the pricer 400. Both SCs had their engines upgraded, but the most significant improvements were under the 400's hood. The already powerful V-8 received a dramatic boost in both horsepower and torque.
While using essentially the same 4.0 liter V-8, the SC 400 now boasted 290 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. The additional power was attributed to new Variable Valve Timing technology. This system was a first for a production V-8. Its benefits included lower emissions, improved fuel economy, and of course more power due to variable camshaft timing.
For years the SC received criticism that it was not a true sports car. It weighed a hefty 3840 pounds, which hindered pick up and created some body roll. The new engine improvements helped the SC keep pace with competitors, but the rapidly growing market began to leave the luxury coupe looking a bit outdated. The stylish interior appointments and soft quite ride were certainly desirable Lexus luxury attributes that no on seemed to mind. By now, the SC was considered more of a luxury coupe than a true sports car like its competition.
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Lexus SC 400 Questions
Noise When A/c Is On Inside The Cabin, Louder When Engine Is Reved
The vehicle has less than 90K miles. The A/C when turned on growls, you can't hear the noise outside, I thought it could be the compressor, I was told no. Is there a fan inside the dash that could b...
How Do I Deactivate The Alarm System On A 1998 Sc 400 Lexus
The car will not say anything. The radio works, the lights works. the power door lights works. the power seats work but the security light constantly flashes and when you put the key in the ignition...
How Many 1998 Sc400's Where Made With The Color, Baroque Red Metallic?
I own a 98 in this color and have never seen this color.