2008 Lexus SC 430

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16 CITY / 23 HWY
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What Changed for 2008:
  • Anti-lock brakes with brake assist standard

  • Traction and stability control standard

  • Standard front-seat side and front-seat knee-protecting air bags

  • Standard navigation system

  • Pebble Beach edition with special paint, rear spoiler and 18-inch wheels

  • Optional rear spoiler

  • Optional run-flat tires

  • Optional 18-inch wheel choices
The 2008 rear-wheel-drive (RWD) Lexus SC 430 roadster is mostly carryover from 2007. Minor changes include redesigned and illuminated scuff plates, black license plate accent and new wheels for the Pebble Beach edition.

Model Lineup
The 2008 Lexus SC 430 is available in a single trim, although consumers can opt for the Pebble Beach edition. The standard SC 430 comes with a V-8 engine and automatic transmission; 18-inch, 5-spoke alloy wheels; leather seating; wood accents; automatic climate control; heated outside mirrors; one-touch retractable hardtop; dual chrome exhaust; navigation system; remote keyless entry; traction and stability control; 4-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock braking system (ABS); and power windows, seats and locks.

The optional Pebble Beach edition includes special exterior paint and interior finish, and 18-inch wheels. Stand-alone options for the SC 430 include a rear spoiler, run-flat tires, different wheels and the Pebble Beach edition.

The 2008 Lexus SC 430 is powered by a 4.3-liter, 32-valve, 4-cam V-8 engine with variable valve timing with intelligence (VVT-i) that pumps out 288 hp at 5600 rpm and 317 lb.-ft. of torque at 3400 rpm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission with sequential shift capability. Stability and traction control are standard, as are 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS and sport-tuned suspension. EPA fuel economy estimates for the V-8 engine are 16 mpg city/23 mpg highway, classifying the engine as an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle II (ULEV II).

The 2008 Lexus SC 430 is equipped with dual front air bags and front knee air bags for driver and front-seat passenger, along with side air bags. Stability and traction control, 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS and brake assist and vehicle skid control are standard. Additional safety features include run-flat tires; 3-point seat belts with pre-tensioners and force limiters; direct tire-pressure-monitoring system; theft-deterrent system; and daytime running lights. The 2008 Lexus SC 430 has not been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

A voice-activated navigation system with Bluetooth connectivity and a Mark Levinson premium audio system with sound levelizer, single-feed, 6-disc CD changer, 9 speakers and 240 watts of maximum power are among the technology features of the 2008 Lexus SC 430 roadster. In addition, the one-touch retractable hardtop makes going from roadster to convertible a simple operation, according to the automaker. No latches, snaps or covers are required as the top smoothly folds into the trunk automatically.

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