Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Class Act from Lexus

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Class Act from Lexus

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Byline: By Chris Russon

If ever a car had desirability stamped from nose to tail it is the Lexus SC430. This gorgeous coupe, with a hint of Buicks of old in its styling, is one of the class acts of today.

At pounds 50,850 it comes fully kitted, oozing luxury and refinement that in a Mercedes or Jaguar would cost at least pounds 10,000 more.

Better still, at the touch of a button, it transforms into a roadster in less than 25 seconds.

What is wrong, however, is that although it has bucket loads of power from a 4.3-litre V8 engine, it is just not up to scratch in terms of handling. Despite recent tweaks and revisions to its suspension two years after going on sale in the UK, it still has too much of an American feel.

That means its ride is relatively soft and squidgy compared to the full thunder of a Jaguar XKR or a Mercedes SL500.

While the Lexus may be lacking in that department, in terms of exclusivity it is a car that speaks volumes. The SC430 is a rare commodity on British roads and wherever it goes it turns heads.

Wonderful features such as touch screen satellite navigation, a six disc CD player and double memory settings for both the driver and passenger seats are all included.

If needed, there are flip up veneered panels to conceal the navigation and audio controls, and between the front seats is a spacious - and lockable - centre console allowing the car to be parked roof down.

The action to fold the roof is controlled by a single switch. There are no latches, just poetry in motion as the aluminium panel and the glass rear screen retract into the boot where they leave a small, but usable, amount of luggage space.

With the roof down there is minimal wind interference, even at motorway speeds. Roof up and the serene qualities that have become a Lexus hallmark come into their own.

This may be a 282bhp V8, yet the amount of sound insulation in the cockpit make it almost a noise free environment - and that takes some doing on a convertible. …

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