84158 Weekly Treasure: 1997 Lexus SC 400

Weekly Treasure: 1997 Lexus SC 400



The first-generation Lexus SC doesn’t always get the level of recognition it deserves. Serving as the sleeker and sexier counterpart to the far more traditionally styled Lexus LS 400 sedan, the SC’s platform was also later used to help develop the fourth-generation Toyota Supra. The SC’s engineering and technology were that good.

Launched for the 1992 model year, the Lexus SC 400 came with standard V8 power and rear-wheel-drive. Lexus noted its main rivals at the time all offered coupes, such as the Mercedes-Benz SL and Acura Legend coupe. It wouldn’t look good if the new luxury brand was lacking in this segment.

But unlike the LS 400, the SC 400 was designed in California. Since it was being predominantly aimed at American buyers, this decision made absolute sense. The result was a luxury coupe that had almost no straight edges and a drag coefficient of 0.31. Needless to say, it became a smash hit and one of the most talked-about cars of the year.

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