2008 Lexus SC 430 Trims and Specs

Air Conditioning Air filtration · Automatic climate control front air conditioning · Dual front air conditioning zones
Airbags Dual front airbags · Dual front knee airbags · Passenger airbag deactivation: occupant sensing deactivation · Front side airbags
Audio System Antenna Type: mast · 6 disc in-dash CD · Mark Levinson premium brand · AM/FM radio · Radio Data System · Speed Sensitive Volume Control · 9 Total Speakers · 240 watts
Brakes ABS: 4-wheel · Braking assist · Electronic brakeforce distribution · Front brake diameter: 11.7 · Front brakes: ventilated disc · Rear brake diameter: 12.1 · Rear brakes: disc
Comfort Features Center console trim: wood, leather · Dash trim: wood · Door trim: wood, leather · Floor Mat Material: carpet · Floor Mats: front · Rear floor mats · Shift knob trim: wood, leather · Steering wheel trim: leather, wood
Convenience Features Cargo area light · Center console: front console with storage · Cruise control · Cupholders: front · Dimming rearview mirror: auto-dimming · Easy entry: power steering wheel · Memorized settings: side mirrors, driver seat, steering wheel · Multi-function remote: trunk release, keyless entry · One-touch windows: 1 · Power activated trunk/hatch: open · Power outlet(s): 12V front · Power steering: speed-proportional · Retained accessory power · Steering wheel: power tilt and telescopic · Steering wheel mounted controls: audio · Storage: door pockets, front seatback · Universal remote transmitter · Vanity mirrors: dual illuminating
Driver Seat Adjustable lumbar support: power · Heated · Power adjustments: 10
Exterior Features Exhaust: dual exhaust tips · Exhaust tip color: chrome · Front bumper color: body-color · Grille color: chrome surround · Mirror color: body-color with chrome accents · Rear bumper color: body-color
Headrests Front headrests: adjustable · Number of front headrests: 2 · Number of rear headrests: 2
Instrumentation Electroluminescent instrumentation · External temperature display · Tachometer · Trip computer · Warnings and reminders: low fuel level, tire fill alert
Lights Daytime running lights · Front fog lights · Headlight cleaners · Headlights: dusk sensing, HID, self-leveling, adaptive, auto delay off · Tail and brake lights: LED
Mirrors Exterior mirrors: power, auto-dimming, reverse gear tilt
Passenger Seat Adjustable lumbar support: power · Heated · Power adjustments: 10
Rear Seats Type: bucket
Roof Convertible rear window: glass · Convertible roof: power retractable hard top, with wind blocker
Safety Body side reinforcements: side impact door beams · Child safety locks · Child seat anchors · Crumple zones: front, rear · Emergency interior trunk release · First aid kit
Seatbelts Seatbelt force limiters: front · Seatbelt pretensioners: front
Seats Driver seat power adjustments: reclining, height · Front seat type: bucket · Passenger seat power adjustments: reclining, height · Rear headrests: adjustable · Upholstery: leather
Security 2-stage unlocking doors · Anti-theft alarm system remote, · Engine immobilizer · Power door locks · Theft-Deterrent System
Spare Tire Mount Location: inside · Size: temporary
Spare Wheel Rim Type: steel
Stability and Traction Stability control · Traction control
Suspension Front Shock Type: gas shock absorbers · Front Spring Type: coil springs · Front Suspension Classification: independent · Front Suspension Type: double wishbones, strut · Rear Shock Type: gas shock absorbers · Rear Spring Type: coil springs · Rear Suspension Classification: independent · Rear Suspension Type: double wishbone · Stabilizer bar(s): front, rear
Telematics Navigation system: DVD navigation system, with voice recognition
Tires Tire Pressure Monitoring System
Tires and Rims Tire type · Wheels: aluminum
Windows Front wipers: intermittent · Power windows · Privacy glass · Rear defogger
Price $65,455 MSRP
Body Style Convertible
Engine 4.3L 288 hp V8
Seating 4
Fuel Economy
16MPG city
23MPG highway
Drivetrain RWD




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


Driver AirbagStandard
Passenger AirbagStandard
Front Side AirbagsStandard
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


4.3L 288 hp V8
Power 288 hp @ 5,600 RPM
Torque 317 lb-ft @ 3,400 RPM


Maximum Seating4 seats
Fuel Tank Volume19.8 gal
Front Legroom43.6 in
Back Legroom27.1 in
Wheelbase103.1 in
Length178.5 in
Width72 in
Height53.1 in

Cargo and Towing

Cargo Volume8.8 cu ft
Released in 2002 and refreshed in 2006, only minor detail changes appear in the 2008 version of Lexus's luxury hardtop convertible coupe. With an impressive debut almost seven years ago... Read More
Released in 2002 and refreshed in 2006, only minor detail changes appear in the 2008 version of Lexus's luxury hardtop convertible coupe. With an impressive debut almost seven years ago, the SC 430 also incorporates a few drawbacks that have remained unaddressed over the years while the competition has moved on.
Powered by a smooth four-cam, 4.3-liter all-aluminum V8 with variable-valve timing and electronic throttle control that produces 288 hp at 5,600 rpm, this sleek convertible coupe can rush from 0-60 in 5.8 seconds. A six-speed automatic with manual shift control sends power to the rear wheels. Top speed is electronically governed to 143 mph.
The SC 430 is one of the most refined highway cruisers available. Quiet, smooth, and comfortable, it's an ideal long-distance driver, but not a canyon carver. The SC 430's suspension is tuned to provide a lush, yielding ride, which will turn to understeer when pushed to the limit in tight corners. With top up or down, there is minimal wind buffeting at any speed, which testifies to the extensive wind-tunnel testing Lexus engineers used to achieve their tough standards for noise, vibration, and roughness.
The retractable aluminum hardtop is also a wonder of Lexus engineering. Press a switch, and in less than 25 seconds the trunk flap raises, the roof folds into the trunk, the trunk flap closes, and the windows lower. What isn't so wonderful, however, is the resulting trunk size. Starting out with only 8.8 cubic feet - which can be expanded to 9.4 cubic feet by checking off the run-flat tire option and removing the spare - the trunk shrinks further with the top down.
Where can you store long-weekend baggage? In the rear seats, which reviewers found adequate for hauling purposes only - even small children will complain about the lack of legroom back there. Up front, the driver and passenger are treated to the full complement of Lexus luxury. Rich leather enfolds comfortable but supportive contoured bucket seats. Luxuriant genuine wood trim graces the cockpit, with more leather on the doors and console top. Gauges are easy to read and ergonomics are, as is usual in a Lexus, perfection.
With an extensive list of standard features, the list of safety features is also wide-ranging. Front-seat, side, and knee-protecting airbags compliment ABS brakes with brake assist, traction and stability control systems, and a tire-pressure monitoring system.
Reviewers find the SC 430 a luxurious highway cruiser that has been surpassed by the German competition. The BMW 335i, for example, offers a retractable hardtop, functional rear seats, and genuine canyon-carving credentials - all at a lower price point.