• Jun 11, 2010
2009 Lexus SC430 Pebble Beach Edition – Click above for high-res image gallery

It was rumored in January and now it's been confirmed by Automobile Magazine: Lexus will kill its slow-selling SC430 this July and it will reportedly return in 2014 packing a hybrid electric drivetrain and a new V8.

Aside from a handful of special edition models, the SC430 has soldiered on largely unchanged for the better part of a decade, and with less the 1,000 SCs sold last year and a final run of around 300 slated to be built in 2010, its demise will likely go unnoticed save a few octogenarians that pick up a new Pebble Beach Edition each summer.

According to Automobile, the next generation SC is slated to arrive sometime in 2014, packing a 5.0-liter V8 and a hybrid drivetrain that should be good for 400-500 horsepower. The Lexus SC600h – as it's tentatively dubbed – would be a fitting replacement to the SuperGT racer that's been running in the Japanese touring car series for the last several years – unless Lexus decides the LFA is a more worthy combatant.



[Source: Automobile]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      This looks like a lovely car! I think it has a classic look as a convertable. Lexus has really taken the classic look out of their Land Cruiser--LX470 and their other suvs and joined the rest of the car companies with UGLY cars!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wait, you mean that thing was still being made? Honestly, I completely forgot about that car until this post.
      • 4 Years Ago

      It's one of those cars that when you see it you just know that the owner is totally clueless about cars.

      Hamster did a great review of this on Top Gear. Marshmallow structure on over-hard suspension, just like the old days.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If you GM had half an idea, they'd take the best of the DNA from this car, update it and launch the new 2011 Buick Velite. Enough of these four door sedans: Excelle, Regal, LaCrosse, Lucerne.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is old news......the SC430 has already been replaced by a new Lexus IS hardtop convertible....must be a slow news day since this was announced last year. The dim bulb who wrote this article needs to start putting news out that isn't over a year old.
      • 4 Years Ago
      My ex had one. He was a doctor so he could afford it. Bought it new in NY and then retired to Florida in 2005. Great car but very pricey. Sold it to Car Max in Ft. Lauderdale in Spring of 08 just before he killed himself in May 08. So, if you bought a burgundy SC (probably an 02 or 03) from Car Max in 08, it might have been his. Too bad it didn't sell well. Pontiac had their version of this car for thousands less. If you had the money for the Lexus, I think most people went for the Mercedes.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Lexus convertible is one of the smoothest riding convertibles I have ever driven. And yes, the interior is the best with it's soft leather and beautiful wood trim. And I agree that the exterior design was ahead of its time. I think the one reason this car did not sell well was the cost. Maybe Lexus planned it that way to keep it more exclusive. But if exclusive leads to the "graveyard" maybe it wasn't such a good plan to make it so expensive.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I thought they stop making it? I remember when it first came out seeing the backseat, that is just funny.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You find this car ugly? I'm guessing you probably think a Corvette is a car to aspire to....I'm guessing the $70,000 price tag was the problem and it's an awkward niche for Lexus...If someone wants to drop that dough on essentially a sports car they're probably looking at Porsche or the larger 2 seat Mercedes. I'm a big Lexus fan...I think they are luxurious, the ultimate reliable car (not withstanding recent problems), and, for lack of a better work, classy.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "I'm a big Lexus fan..." That's your first problem....
      • 4 Years Ago
      When this car came out, everybody wanted one. It's a shame they didn't update it through the years
      • 4 Years Ago
      Clumsy, ugly and boring when introduced and it remains unimproved to this day-
      ergo quintessentially Lexus! Will they replace it with something even more boring?
      I'm in no hurry to find out.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Its still a Toyota. Watch out for sticky accelerator, failing brakes and unintended acceleration. I dont hear about any MB recalls.
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