2010 Lexus SC 430Enlarge Photo
Most young boys aspire to own their own Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, Aston Martin, or equally outrageous supercar. And while I was no different in this regard, I was also enamored with the streamlined Lexus SC 430. However, according to Automobile Magazine, as of July 2010, Lexus will officially retire the gorgeous convertible.
The current iteration, the second generation of the SC line, was introduced in 2001 and received only minor updates during the last decade. The SC 430 was one of the first convertibles to make widespread use of a retractable aluminum hardtop. Couple its sumptuous Lexus interior with the fantasy of roaring along Pacific Coast Highway with the top down on a warm summer day and you have the makings of a young boy’s dream. Powered by a 4.3-liter V-8 engine producing 288 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque, the convertible swiftly sprints from 0-60 mph in about 5.8 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 149 mph.
Despite my reminiscing of the SC 430’s virtues, the decision to cease production of the Lexus is long overdue. With sales dwindling ever since its peak of global sales numbers of 14,462 units in 2002, Lexus sold only 720 units in the U.S. last year and just under 1,000 total worldwide.
But for those of you who still dream of owning your own SC, don’t worry. There are reports that the next generation SC will probably debut in 2014. Tentatively called the SC 600h, the next-generation of the sports convertible is reportedly powered by a 5.0-liter V-8 paired to an electric hybrid system. And as long as Lexus manages to keep the new powertrain fairly sporty, then I look forward to the debut of the new SC.