1998 was the first year of significant changes for the SC400, which is noticeably improved thanks to a new VVT (Variable Valve Timing) cylinder head and an all-new 5spd automatic (A650E) that replaces the 4spd auto used in previous years
The 1UZ-FE V8 engine came from the LS400, and it could barely fit (requiring a different air filter assembly). However, Lexus loved the SC concept design so much that they were willing to rearrange (or even redesign) the front-end hardware to maintain the beautiful shape
During development, for example, Lexus found that the nose (which has no grille) couldn’t provide enough air for the radiator. Rather than redesign the front end, Lexus developed an ultra powerful variable-speed hydraulic cooling fan (driven by a hydraulic pump on the accessory drive) to provide adequate engine cooling
Another example: the slim front end didn’t allow the use of the company’s projector-beam headlight assembly. The solution? Split the low beams from the high beams. The inboard lights you see are the high beams, while the outboard lights are the main low beams
While the Lexus SC also shared the double wishbone suspension from the A80 Supra, its tuning and geometry were geared more towards that of a GT car
The long doors have special dual-pivot (articulating) hinges that push the entire door outward when opened, allowing rear passengers to exit and enter in tight parking spaces
Key Model Year Changes:
First year of the VVT engine. Power is now bumped from 260hp to 290hp
First year of the 5spd automatic transmission (replacing the 4spd). This new transmission features ECT-i (Electronically Controlled Transmission with intelligence) allowing for an auto-select shift system, communication with the engine, and increased flexibility of torque converter lockup
Center console now uses authentic wood trim
New electronic garage door opener
Update gate shifter with wood shift knob
Key remote now serves multiple functions
New anti-theft system
The following year (1999) received an updated stereo system, daytime running lights, larger brakes, and a new 3 spoke steering wheel
2000 models receive an On-board Refueling Vapor Recovery (ORVR) system
*SAE rated from factory. May not reflect current output.
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