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1998 Lexus SC 400

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Lexus
Model
SC 400
Year
1998
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1998 Base 2dr Coupe
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Price:   -  From $53,000

Overview

Generally, it's not in our nature to indulge in breathless hyperbole, so evaluating the Lexus SC 400 performance coupe can be somewhat problematic. Why? Because when this automotive reviewer nestles into the cockpit of a dream machine like the Lexus SC 400 - with its 250-hp V8 engine - the superlatives naturally start flying as fast as insults at a Friars Club Roast. For example: Ride - blissful. Acceleration - rocket-like. Styling - sleek and elegantly sexy. Handling - akin to a jackrabbit on steroids. You get the idea. Such hosannas have been hurled at the feet of Lexus designers ever since the SC 400 was rolled out in 1991. But after spending a few days with the 1995 version of the SC 400, it's clear that the Lexus design team didn't feel overly pressured by a what-do-we-do-for-an-encore syndrome. The design changes on the front grille, tail-lamps and alloy wheels are more like refinements than overhauls, and are mostly for the sake of increased sportiness. Several modifications have been made in regards to the front suspension. It's been beefed up with a thicker stabilizer bar and lower arm stay for improved rigidity, while an upper arm bushing was upgraded from metal to rubber to calm the vibrato effect common in many performance coupes. And in the safety department, side reinforcements enable the SC 400 to conform to 1997 federal side-impact standards. Our SC 400 boasted a long list of standard luxury-line features that includes leather seats and appointments, maple trim, multi-adjustable power seats, a telescopic/tilt steering wheel, automatic climate control, outside temperature gauge, cruise control, power locks and a remote entry system. The only options we added to our test vehicle were all-season tires, remote 12-disc CD changer, traction control system, carpeted trunk mat and wheel locks. Along with the $470 freight and handling charge, those add-ons brought the base sticker price of $48,400 up to an MSRP of $50,888.

Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
4.0L V-8 / 290 HP / 300 ft.lbs.
Transmission
5-spd auto w/OD
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
19 / 25 / 22 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
4
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
4.0L V-8 / 290 HP / 300 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
19 / 25 / 22 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Double Wishbone
Rear Suspension
Independent Double Wishbone
Spare Tire And Wheel
Full-size Steel
Fuel Tank
20.6 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$79
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
9.3 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
75 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
192.5 "
Exterior Width
70.9 "
Exterior Height
53.2 "
Front Headroom
38.3 "
Rear Headroom
36.1 "
Front Legroom
44.1 "
Rear Legroom
27.2 "
Front Shoulder Room
56.0 "
Rear Shoulder Room
52.7 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,655 Lbs.
Wheel Base
106 "
Turning Radius
18.1 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
2 Doors
Wheels
16.0 " Silver Aluminum
Paint
Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Chrome
Rear Spoiler
Wing
Exhaust
Dual Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
4
Seat Trim
Leather
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(6-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(6-way Power)
Front Armrests
(6-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Brand Am/fm Stereo, Seek-scan
Speakers
7 Brand
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Power Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
Sun Roof
Power
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
1
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
72 Months / 70,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
72 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
96 Months / 80,780 Miles

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