Original MSRP: $56,800
Air Conditioning Front air conditioning: automatic climate control
Airbags Dual front airbags
Audio System Antenna Type: power · Cassette · 6 disc in-dash CD · AM/FM radio
Brakes ABS: 4-wheel · Power
Comfort Features Shift knob trim: leather · Steering wheel trim: leather
Convenience Features Center Console · Cruise control · Dimming rearview mirror: auto-dimming · Memorized settings: driver seat · Multi-function remote: trunk release, keyless entry · Power steering · Steering wheel: power tilt and telescopic
Driver Seat Power adjustments
Instrumentation Tachometer · Trip computer
Lights Daytime running lights · Exterior entry lights · Front fog lights · Headlights: Auto on/off
Mirrors Exterior mirrors: power, auto-dimming, heated
Passenger Seat Power adjustments
Seats Front seat type: bucket · Upholstery: leather
Security Anti-theft alarm system · Power door locks
Stability and Traction Stability control · Traction control
Tires and Rims 16 Inch Wheels · Wheels: alloy
Windows Front wipers: intermittent · Power windows · Rear defogger · Tinted
Price $56,800 MSRP
Body Style Coupe
Engine 4.0L 290 hp V8
Seating 4
Fuel Economy
16MPG city
23MPG highway
Drivetrain RWD




Drivetrain RWD
5-Speed Automatic
Fuel Economy
16MPG city
23MPG highway


Driver AirbagStandard
Passenger AirbagStandard
Front Side Airbags--
Rear Side Airbags--
Curtain Airbags--
ABS BrakesStandard


Air ConditioningStandard
Leather SeatsStandard
Power SeatsDriver: Standard
Passenger: Standard
Power WindowsStandard
Power Door LocksStandard
Navigation System--
StereoRadio, Cassette Player, CD Player, CD Changer


4.0L 290 hp V8
Power 290 hp @ 6,000 RPM
Torque 300 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM


Maximum Seating4 seats
Fuel Tank Volume20 gal
Front Legroom44.1 in
Back Legroom27.2 in
Wheelbase105.9 in
Length192.9 in
Width70.9 in
Height53.2 in

Cargo and Towing

Cargo Volume9.3 cu ft
Maximum Payload842 lbs
The SC 400 coupe had been reinvigorated by a recent power boost and the addition of a manual transmission. Unfortunately, 2000 was the final year for the SC 400. The SC series would h... Read More
The SC 400 coupe had been reinvigorated by a recent power boost and the addition of a manual transmission. Unfortunately, 2000 was the final year for the SC 400. The SC series would halt production for 2001, and one entirely redesigned model would appear for the following year. The first generation SC coupes had lasted nine years without substantial revisions, and a fresh look was needed to keep the car competitive with new offerings from Mercedes and BMW.
The 1998 addition of Toyota TRD's Variable Valve Timing+intelligence technology had helped the SC keep pace with speedsters like the Mercedes SLK. A 290 horsepower V-8 powered the SC from 0 to 60 in about six seconds, and through the quarter mile in 14.7 seconds at 93 mph. The clever VVT+i technology not only increased the SC's engine power, but it also improved fuel efficiency and culled back emissions.
Four-wheel independent suspension provided a smooth and stable ride, the question remained: did this softer suspension create too much of a departure from sports performance and feel? That's difficult to determine, and it really depends on driver expectations. Some driving enthusiasts were hoping the SC would become a car that Lexus may not be able to provide: one that chose performance over quiet and comfortable luxury. The SC series had embodied the Lexus effort to blend comfort and luxury with driving excitement. Performance was not the priority, but it was certainly not a casualty. Throughout their history, Lexus has faced similar balance challenges with GS and IS sport sedans.
Owners and test drivers agreed that the 5-speed manual transmission offered a more lively GT experience. This was the last year that any SC would offer one.