The Lexus SC430 convertible has become faster, cleaner and leaner, but its price has also risen by almost £2000.
Now priced at £54,690 instead of £52,697, the tin-top convertible is now fitted with a more efficient six-speed automatic gearbox instead of the previous five-ratio transmission.
Acceleration from 0-62mph is improved by 0.2sec and now stands at 6.2sec, but fuel economy and carbon dioxide emissions are improved – although company tax payers will be worse off.
On the combined cycle, the Lexus now returns 24.8mpg rather than 23.5mpg. Carbon dioxide emissions drop by 18g/km, but the SC430 still slots into the most expensive company car tax band. A higher-rate company driver will pay £24 a month more for the car because of its higher list price, giving a bill of £636.
Adaptive headlights, which swivel to provide better illumination through corners, are now fitted as standard, along with brighter LED brakelights at the rear.
The same 4.3-litre, 282bhp V8 engine is used in the car, which still has a limited top speed of 155mph.
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