1998 Lexus SC400

  • 1998 Lexus SC400 Base Coupe

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      4.0L V8
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1998 Lexus SC400 Review

A more powerful version of Lexus’ sport coupe.

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The 1998 Lexus SC400 is a rear-drive, two-door sport luxury coupe that was created as a unique competitor to cars offered by Lincoln, Cadillac, and Acura. A combination of a smaller body, smoother engine, and a cozy interior made the SC400 standout from the pack. One major drawback is a very large price tag, especially considering equal or greater benefits being offered by the completion for less money. Drivers get the satisfaction of swift acceleration and easy handling, along with a solid set of convenience and safety features. Passengers will experience comfortable seating and a pleasant ride but may be somewhat cramped in the rear. The suave appearance of the SC400 will allow it to standout in a crowd and surely get the attention of the ladies.

The Range

Body Styles: coupe
Engines: 4.0-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Lexus SC400

What's New

The 1998 Lexus SC400 gets the addition of a new and improved five-speed automatic transmission, an engine immobilizer, and depowered airbags.


The 1998 Lexus SC400 has approximately a 192-inch length, 71-inch width, 53-inch height, and 106-inch wheelbase. It has a stylish design that is both unique and beautiful, highlighted by a sporty look and mass sex appeal. The SC400 features body-colored front and rear bumpers, a front spoiler, heated power door mirrors, a solar-reflective windshield, and tinted glass on its cabin. A power moon roof and a rear spoiler are optional. It weighs 3655 pounds and sits on 16-inch silver alloy wheels.


The interior of the 1998 Lexus SC400 is roomy enough to fit four passengers. In the front, there are two cloth power bucket seats with height-adjustable head restraints, divided by a console that includes a storage box and two cup holders. There are pockets in the doors and bins on the seats for easy storage. The dash has logically-arranged gauges for clear readability and conveniently-located controls for easy use. In the rear, there are two cloth bucket seats with height-adjustable head restraints. The SC300 features a leather-wrapped steering wheel, remote power locks, one-touch power windows, automatic climate control, and an AM/FM stereo with a cassette player included and seven speakers. A CD changer, leather seating, and heated front seats are optional.

Performance & Handling

The 1998 Lexus SC400 comes packed with a four-liter V-8 engine that pumps out 290 horsepower and 290 lb-ft of torque. It is mated with a five-speed automatic transmission. The gear shifter has three modes: normal, power, and snow. The SC400 has excellent acceleration, which enables it to pick up speed and pass easily. It is capable of going from zero to 60 mph in a bit over six seconds and has a top speed of about 150 mph.

The 1998 Lexus SC400 is built with an independent wishbone front and rear suspension with a stabilizer bar and coil springs. Handling is superb, giving drivers the ability to maneuver gracefully in traffic and take sharp corners with ease. Steering has accurate and predictable response, allowing for precise control at all times.


The 1998 Lexus SC400 is equipped with anti-lock brakes on all four wheels. Traction control, which helps improve handling, is optional. There are driver and front passenger front-impact airbags installed.

EPA Fuel Economy

Lexus SC400: 19/25 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Built strong
  • Powerful engine
  • Good handling

You Won't Like

  • Below average fuel economy
  • Limited cargo room
  • Cramped rear seating
  • Road noise

Sum Up

A more powerful version of Lexus’ sport coupe.

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