(TORONTO) – Canadian drivers of distinction know: the Lexus SC430 luxury hardtop convertible coupe turns heads as it spoils the driver in style. Sculpted from the wheels up to evoke a rush of desire, the SC430 delivers on its promise, with remarkable power, handling and control, safety, convenience and luxury features. With new colours and interior finishes unique to the 2009 model year, the SC430 makes a bold statement that’s distinctly Lexus, whether in the driveway or on the open road.

“With its unique styling, retractable hardtop and exquisite interior, the 2009 Lexus SC430 is a distinguished and desirable premium sport coupe,,” said Tony Wearing, Managing Director, Lexus in Canada. “Canadians looking for signature styling and sheer driving exhilaration know the SC430 delivers the most memorable moments under the sun.”

Best of all, the 2009 Lexus SC430’s hard top power roof deploys or disappears silently in just 25 seconds. There are no latches, no snaps, no covers – in short, no fiddling. Just press a button, sit back and enjoy the show. And special attention to the SC430’s design – from the angle of the windshield, to the height of the cockpit cowling, to the position of the rear seat wind deflector – means that drafts are minimized, so driving with the top down is a pleasure.

For 2009, the Lexus SC430 is beautifully equipped, and includes an inspired suite of performance, handling, safety, comfort and convenience features. For something extra special, Canadians may opt for the 2009 Lexus SC430 Pebble Beach Edition, which features an exclusive exterior colour, exclusive interior leather colour and wood trim, unique machine tourmaline wheels, Pebble Beach Edition badges, and Pebble Beach gift.

The 2009 Lexus SC430 is now on sale across Canada. The suggested retail price starts at $81,0002009 LEXUS SC430 – PRODUCT DETAIL 

2009 LEXUS SC430 – PRODUCT DETAIL

One beautifully-designed model

The 2009 Lexus SC430 is available in one beautifully-designed model, sculpted with great attention to both form and proportion. A unique shoulder line runs the length of the vehicle, lending the SC430 its sleek yet curvaceous shape.

Those desiring a little something extra can opt for the 2009 SC430 Pebble Beach Edition, which features an exclusive exterior colour (Mercury Metallic), exclusive interior leather colour (Ecru) and wood trim (Dark Grey Bird’s Eye Maple), unique machine tourmaline wheels, Pebble Beach Edition badges, and an extra special Pebble Beach gift.

Exhilarating power

The Lexus SC430 is more than a beautiful convertible. With a commanding 4.3-litre V8 that can generate an impressive 288 horsepower, mated to a slick six-speed super electronically controlled transmission with sequential multi-mode shifter, the SC430 embodies the very essence of exhiliration – top up or top down.

Handling and control

There’s no better test for a sport coupe convertible than driving under the open sky on a twisty racecourse, and it’s here that the rear-wheel-drive Lexus SC430’s many handling and control technologies shine like the sun. From Vehicle Stability Control and Traction Control, to front and rear double-wishbone suspensions fitted with gas shock absorbers, coil springs, stabilizer bars and anti-vibration sub-frames, the SC430 is built for maximum control when pushed to the limits. Special anti-dive and anti-squat geometry built into the front suspension work in concert with the progressive-rate rack and pinion power steering to keep the SC430 on the straight and narrow.

Active and passive safety systems

The 2009 Lexus SC430 incorporates many active and passive safety systems to help protect driver and passengers. In addition to VSC, TRAC and other active handling and control design decisions, the SC430 features a tire-pressure monitoring system, substantial 18” run-flat summer performance radial tires and a generous suite of braking systems. These include power assisted front ventilated disc and rear disc brakes, enhanced with the Lexus Antilock Braking System (ABS), Brake Assist (BA) and Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) as standard equipment.

Safety starts with seeing, and the SC430 is standard equipped with high-intensity discharge halogen headlamps enhanced with the Lexus Adaptive Front Lighting System, an auto-levelling system and headlamp washers. Fog lamps are also standard equipment, to provide better lighting in low visibility conditions.

Inside the SC430, standard safety systems include a six-airbag supplemental restraint system, featuring driver and front passenger airbags and knee airbags and front seat mounted side airbags. Three-point lap and shoulder seatbelts are fitted in all four passenger positions, and include front seatbelt pre-tensioners and force limiters. And because safety is important even when the SC430 is parked, all models are also equipped with an anti-theft system, engine immobilizer and on-board first-aid kit.

Customization

Buyers may personalize their 2009 Lexus SC430 luxury hardtop convertible coupe on the Lexus of Canada web site (www.lexus.ca) or by visiting any Lexus Dealer across Canada.

Peace of mind

Buyers of any 2009 Lexus SC430 enjoy the peace of mind that comes with the industry-leading Lexus comprehensive warranty that covers the entire vehicle for four years/80,000 kilometres. Power train components are covered for six years/110,000 kilometres, major emission control components are covered for eight years/130,000 kilometres and corrosion perforation for six years with unlimited distance. Service adjustments - minor repairs not usually associated with the replacement of parts - are fully covered for one year/32,000 kilometres, while Lexus owners also enjoy the Tire Road Hazard Protection warranty and access to alternate transportation.

The four-year Lexus Roadside Assistance Program provides travel planning as well as the extra security and confidence of a dedicated toll-free telephone number and emergency service for towing - 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The purchase of a new SC430 also includes free membership in Club Lexus, an online convenience service that places important vehicle ownership information at the guest’s fingertips.


 

2009 Lexus SC430 – features and specifications

Feature

Instrumentation: Electronic analogue gauges; Multi-function display; Digital compass; Tachometer; Voltmeter; Water temperature gauge; Dual trip odometer; DVD-based navigation system

Climate control: Dual zone automatic climate control; Soft-touch heater controls; Cabin air filter; Rear seat heater ducts

3-spoke steering wheel; Auto-tilt steering column linked to driver’s seat memory system; Power tilting + telescoping steering column

Cruise control

Power door locks; Keyless entry with trunk release

Power windows; Auto up/down function on driver and front passenger windows; Window jam protection; High solar energy absorbing window glass; Water repellent door glass

Audio: Mark Levinson Audio system; AM/FM/cassette; CD auto-changer; Bluetooth capability; Radio Data System; nine speakers; Steering wheel-mounted audio controls

Retained accessory power

Leather seat surfaces

10-way power adjustable and heated driver’s bucket seat; Two-setting Lexus Driver Seat Memory System

10-way power adjustable and heated front passenger’s bucket seat; Lexus Passsenger Seat Memory System

Electro-chromic rear view mirror; Dual illuminated vanity mirrors

Wood and leather-wrapped steering wheel; Wood shift knob; Maple or Walnut wood grain trim; Leather door trim

Illuminated entry with fadeout; Illuminated “Lexus” scuff plates; Map lamps

In-cabin storage: Front centre console box with armrest; Front cup holders; Locking glove box

Tire pressure monitoring system; Anti-theft system; Engine immobilizer; Locking fuel door; First-aid kit

HomeLink universal transceiver

Dual exterior electro-chromic mirrors: Power, remote, heated, foldable

Power retractable roof; Rear spoiler

High Intensity Discharge headlamps; Fog lamps; Lexus Adaptive Front Lighting System; Auto-Levelling Headlamp System; Headlamp washers

Variable intermittent wipers

Tires: P245/40ZR18 performance summer radials; run-flat tires; Aluminum alloy wheels; Wheel locks

2009 Lexus SC430 – Available upgrade packages

 

Pebble Beach Edition

Includes: Unique 18” machine tourmaline wheels; Exclusive interior leather colour (Ecru with Black/Blue stitching); Dark grey birds-eye maple wood trim; White illuminated “Lexus” scuff plates; Pebble Beach Edition floor mats; Pebble Beach exterior and interior badges; Pebble Beach gift set.

2009 Lexus SC430 – Technical information

Engine: 4.3L V8

Horsepower: Up to 288 HP @ 5,600 RPM

Torque: Up to 317 lb-ft @ 3,400 RPM

Features: Aluminum alloy block; Dual overhead cams; 32 valves; Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i); Sequential multi-port electronic fuel injection; Direct injection system with dual knock sensors; Electronic Throttle Control System with intelligence (ETCS-i); Acoustic Control Induction System (ACIS); Stainless steel exhaust system.

Emissions rating: Tier 2, Bin 8.

Variable Valve Timing with intelligence

VVT-i is a Lexus engine system that continually varies the intake valve timing to deliver optimal valve timing for a full range of driving conditions. It improves drivability, performance and fuel efficiency, and reduces emissions.

Electronic Throttle Control System with intelligence (ETCS-i)

The principle behind ETCS-i – sometimes called “drive-by-wire” – is used on all modern racing cars. When the driver depresses the accelerator, the engine instantaneously receives an electronic signal demanding more power. By replacing the traditional, less-efficient cable link between pedal and engine, ETCS-i can provide better fuel efficiency, faster response and smoother acceleration. It also networks with the engine’s computer to co-ordinate with other control systems, as appropriate.

Acoustic Control Induction System

ACIS increases the amount of air entering the engine by optimizing the length of the intake manifold under various driving conditions. The result is an increase in engine power and torque whenever the driver needs it most.

Transmission: 6-speed automatic Super ECT

Features: Sequential multi-mode shifter.

Fuel efficiency: 12.9 L/100km city; 8.8 L/100km highway; 11.0 L/100km combined.

Super Electronically Controlled Transmission (Super ECT)

Electronic control of Lexus automatic transmissions has delivered several breakthroughs in driving comfort and vehicle efficiency. Super ECT helps to ensure optimal gear change timing according to throttle position and vehicle load for maximum performance and fuel efficiency. It also networks with the engine’s computer to co-ordinate with other control systems, as appropriate.

Capabilities

Seating capacity: 4

Cargo capacity: 0.266m3 (9.4ft3)

Vehicle Stability Control

The Lexus Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) system is an active safety system that automatically helps to control a vehicle when it starts to slide – for example, when trying to turn at too high a speed. VSC compares driver braking and steering commands to the vehicle’s actual performance then activates individual brakes as needed and adjusts the throttle setting to help maintain stability and keep the vehicle on course.

Traction Control

The Lexus Traction Control (TRAC) system helps the vehicle maintain traction when accelerating in slippery conditions. It also engages when the available grip differs from one side of the vehicle to the other, such as when two wheels are on a gravel or grass verge. When drive wheels begin to slip, TRAC automatically adjusts engine power to keep the wheels from losing traction.

 

Antilock Braking System

The Lexus Antilock Braking System (ABS) uses sensors to monitor speed, traction, vehicle load and the driver’s applied brake force. The ABS then controls brake applications to minimize wheel lock-up, reducing the chance of the vehicle skidding. The result is shorter stopping distances on wet, gravelly, sandy or other surfaces where traction is questionable.

Brake Assist

The Lexus Brake Assist (BA) system is a system designed to assist the driver during emergency braking by supplementing the braking power applied if the driver has not pushed hard enough on the pedal in an emergency braking situation. It works in conjunction with ABS to minimize lock-up during emergency situations.

Electronic Brake Force Distribution

The Lexus Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) system minimizes stopping distances by maximizing the braking power applied to those wheels that have the best grip. This system also automatically adjusts the fore/aft brake balance according to vehicle load, and the right/left brake balance if brakes are applied during cornering.

High-Intensity Discharge Headlamps

Powered by a Xenon gas bulb, these projector-beam HID headlamps use less power, last significantly longer and provide considerably more illumination than halogen bulbs.

Adaptive Front Lighting System

The Lexus Adaptive Front Lighting System pivots the driver-side headlamp up to 15 degrees to the left and the passenger-side headlamp up to five degrees to the right to help illuminate the road through turns.

Auto Levelling Headlamp System

For safer night driving, the Lexus Auto Levelling Headlamp System adjusts the lights to a pre-set height. This allows for better road illumination without blinding oncoming traffic.