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Lexus SC400 Production History
The following table has been built from original Lexus production details, including option changes. Please note that this table does not include SC300 specifications, but many of the design specs for the SC400 were familiar to the SC300 range also.



  1992 Model

  Introduction of Lexus SC400

  • SC400 4.0-liter (242 cubic inches.), four-cam, 32-valve 90° V8
  • Horsepower at rpm, 250 hp @ 5,600 rpm.
  • Torque at rpm 260 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm.
  • 0-60 mph acceleration 6.9 seconds.
  • 1/4-mile acceleration 15.3 seconds.
  • Top track speed 150 mph.
  • Fuel consumption 18/22 mpg City/Highway.
  • Aerodynamic drag coefficient 0.32 ,0.31 with opt. rear spoiler
  • 4-Speed automatic Electronically Controlled Transmission with intelligence (4ECT-i), with power/normal shift modes. Rear-wheel drive (optional Traction Control System).
  • 4-wheel independent, double-wishbone suspension.
  • Vehicle speed-sensing, progressive power rack-and-pinion.
  • 4-wheel ventilated, power-assisted anti-lock discs (ABS).

  1993 Model

  • Passenger airbag SRS added.
  • New Lexus Portable Plus Cellular Phone option.
  • Automatic headlamps added.
  • All outboard passenger seatbelts now include "ALR" function that allows easier use of a child seat (without a locking clip).
  • New exterior colour: Graphite Metallic.

  1994 Model

  • Instrument panel illumination changed from white to amber.
  • Climate control system revised for CFC-free refrigerant.
  • New emissions controls and on-board diagnostics.
  • Revised stitching on leather-wrapped steering wheel.
  • Thicker steering wheel rim.

  1995 Model

  • Revised front air dam; extension deleted.
  • Revised tail lamps.
  • New wheel design.
  • Cornering lamps replaced with foglamps.
  • Audible remote entry.
  • Revised power passenger seat.
  • Parking brake handle moved 0.4-inch farther away from driver's seat.
  • Climate control and audio system displays changed from green to amber.
  • Outside temperature gauge added.
  • Second cupholder added.
  • Revised audio system.
  • Meets 1997 side impact standards.
  • Slight suspension and steering retuning.
  • New noise-control measures added.
  • Ivory instrument panel changes hue.
  • New interior-trim colours: Black Leather replaces Gray Leather
  • New exterior colours: Renaissance Red, Platinum Silver Metallic and Teal Mist Metallic.

  1996 Model

  • Engine still is a 32-Valve V8, but power uprated to 260 hp.
  • Horsepower at rpm, 260 hp @ 5,300.
  • Torque at rpm, 270 lb-ft @ 4,500.
  • 0 - 60 mph acceleration 6.8 seconds.
  • 1/4-mile acceleration 15.3 seconds.
  • Top track speed 149 mph.
  • Meets 1997 federal side-impact standards.
  • Multifunction remote entry system with audible signal, car finder, trunk release and "panic mode".
  • Rear-window glass-imprinted antenna.
  • Pre-tensioners added to front seatbelts
  • Adoption of electrochromic mirrors
  • Moonroof adoption of one-touch open slide function.
  • Lexus chrome-plated wheels.
  • Exterior colour discontinued: Teal Mist Metallic.
  • Exterior colour addition: Bordeaux Pearl.

  1997 Model

  • Flush foglamps.
  • New upper/lower grille.
  • Color-keyed side skirts.
  • Redesigned rear spoiler, bumper and taillamps.
  • New alloy wheel design.
  • Exterior colour discontinued: Sandstone Beige Metallic, Royal Jade Pearl and Midnight Indigo Pearl
  • New exterior colours: Shadow Rose Quartz, Classic Green Pearl and Royal Sapphire.

  1998 Model

  • New engine with continuously Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i).
  • Horsepower at rpm, 290 hp @ 6,000.
  • Torque at rpm, 300 lb-ft @ 4,000.
  • 0 - 60 mph acceleration 6.3 seconds.
  • 1/4-mile acceleration 14.7 seconds.
  • Top track speed 149 mph.
  • Fuel consumption 19/25 mpg city/highway.
  • Aerodynamic drag coefficient 0.32 (0.31 with optional rear spoiler).
  • New five-speed Electronically Controlled Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i).
  • Five-speed automatic Electronically Controlled Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i). Overdrive fifth gear, auto-select shift program, engine/transmission networking, flex-lockup torque converter
  • Improved tires.
  • Genuine wood trim on the center console.
  • Electronic programmable garage-door opener.
  • Gated shifter and wood- and leather-trimmed shift knob.
  • Adoption of in-key multifunction remote.
  • Vehicle theft-deterrent and immobilizer system, with in-key transponder.
  • New exterior colors: Imperial Jade Mica and Baroque Red Metallic

  1999 Model

  • Automatic Sound Levelizer (ASL).
  • Adoption of Digital Sound Processor.
  • Six-disc CD auto-changer standardized.
  • Floor mats standardized.
  • Three-spoke steering-wheel design.
  • Daytime running lights.
  • Larger brake size.
  • SC 400 V8 engine meets Transitional Low-Emission Vehicle (T-LEV) certification for 50 states.
  • New exterior colors: Golden Pearl, Millennium Silver Metallic and Angora Beige Metallic.

  2000 Model

  • On-board Refueling Vapor Recovery (ORVR) system.
  • Exterior colour discontinued: Baroque Red Metallic.
  • Exterior colour addition: Cinnabar Pearl.

  New Model
  for 2001


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