Review Justin Berkowitz just hates the Lexus SC430. Hates! Check out these quotes:
The Japanese luxury 2+0 self-consciously straddles the line between boring and weird.Woohoo! That's the kind of anger we're striving for -- go, Justin, go!
Stepping inside the SC430's cabin is like lowering yourself into a bathtub.
Fire up the SC430's V8 and… Hello? Testing. Is this thing on?
The SC430's speed-sensitive, power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering somehow manages to get it exactly wrong. The system's too heavy when you'd expect it to be low-effort, and numb and vague when you expect it to sharpen-up. The double wishbone suspension also inverts expectations. It crashes at low speeds and floats when hustled. What's more, visibility is atrocious from inside the pillbox.
Our only beef with the review is that we consider this a fast car. It does do 0-60 in under six seconds (which Mr. Berkowitz points out) -- that's mighty fast for any kind of non-exotic car. Otherwise we agree with the review. The last time we were in the SC430's cockpit all we remember seeing was the windshield washer nozzles staring is in the face.
Do you think the SC430 is bad enough to tarnish the reputation of Lexus? Is the SC430 really that bad compared to the competition?
That's a snap of the 2007 Lexus SC430. And a yacht. Guess which is which?