Lexus SC430 vs. Mercedes-Benz CLK430 Comparison Tests — Page 2 — Car and Driver

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The distinctions were but still, the Lexus prevailed in all the acceleration categories, was quicker in the lane change, turned in the skidpad number, and repeatedly slightly better than its from Stuttgartespecially if you factor in performance, as the Benz was a bit more to fade on Moroso’s road In fact, we set its pads on fire just a few laps and had to adjust our points accordingly.

Beyond the SC held the edge in featuresmore baked into its as-tested including a very good nav system (a $2000 option), an CD changer (as distinct from the trunk-mounted changer), and, of a hardtop that folds up like aluminum origami at the of a button. Although Mercedes the revival of the hardtop convertible, the lid is fabric.

So why does the Lexus languish in the spot? It comes down to two styling and vehicle dynamics. fall into the realm of the and there’s no doubt that our to this car don’t necessarily the market at large. In fact, the car in recent memory that’s more positive attention a road test is the Audi TT. our own responses to the SC430’s styling and were uniform and unanimous: nice, but not for us.

The SC isn’t a sports nor does it claim to be one. first-ever Lexus convertible into that vague called GT, for grand touring, means fast and sporty, but not at home on a racetrack, and that is where our vague preference for the hardened into certainty. the SC430’s brakes provided pedal feel and more its deportment in hard cornering and transitions was reluctant at best, by lifeboat body roll and understeer.

Our general lack of enthusiasm for the clubroom seats came sharp focus during the session. All but devoid of lateral they force the driver to use the wheel to keep himself when the g-loads start at odd angles. The bottom line: By C/D the SC430’s fun-to-drive index is par.

We were a little by ride quality, too, it was interesting to note that our car’s Dunlop Sport tires were more than the run-flats (supplied by Bridgestone and Goodyear, a $400 we’ve experienced on other Lexus has been touting to save space in the tiny by eliminating the spare tire. for a car with soft springs and damping, the SC430’s reaction to bumps is disappointingly harsh.

We were impressed, once with the performance of the SC’s 4.3-liter DOHC 32-valve V-8. Augmented by Toyota’s variable valve-timing system, the eight generates 300 horsepower and 325 of torque, an edge of 25 ponies and 30 over the Benz’s three-valves-per-cylinder even though the latter is all but in terms of displacement.

Although the five-speed automatic takes its serving up kickdowns for passing, portly cruiser (3910 can hurry when prodded. We a little disappointed with its time6.6 seconds versus the 5.9 forecast by Lexusbut it can’t be slow, and the engine asserts smoothly and quietly right up to the

Quiet operation, of course, is one of the big of a hardtop convertible, and quiet is a Lexus hallmark. We were impressed with the serenity of the with the top open; the little spoiler just behind the seat does a good job of wind buffeting and backdraft. The of the interior is pure Lexus, up sumptuously in good leather and walnut trim. The ergonomics are reproach, the steering column and telescopes (in contrast to the Benz’s, lacks a tilt feature), and the nav system was more helpful most (although in certain conditions the touch-screen commands a plethora of fingerprints that the display look like a dusted crime scene).

We do have one major reservation the interior: the rear seats, are snug to the point of uselessness. calls the SC430 a two-plus-two, but the could only apply to a of hobbits.

The trunk, too, is limited, thanks to the top and its mechanism, but the can be said for the Benz. And in case you wondering, the Lexus hardtop up and down quicker than the soft one. The SC430 has an of 7.3 seconds raising the top and 3.3 lowering it.

As far as its goes, we think it makes a coupe than convertible. the top accentuates the hefty haunches, and if we know better, it wouldn’t be at all to believe the SC430 belonged to the family, in spirit as well as In fact, one logbook comment up our collective reaction: Is this the Riviera?

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