To commemorate its four-year exclusive partnership with Pebble Beach Company, Lexus introduced its second annual 2005 Lexus SC Pebble Beach Edition retractable hardtop convertible. Unveiled at the 'Lexus Style in the Fast Lane' fashion show on August 13 at the world-famous Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, this 2005 SC features stunning black and red vintage styling cues from automotive classics. While only 600 are slated for production, its design and numerous luxury features make the car even more alluring than its exclusivity.
As with any SC, the first thing to notice is its spectacular exterior styling. And that's especially true of this edition, considering the never-before-seen exclusive Black Diamond body color and chrome wheels with graphite accents. The Special Edition has specially-made Pebble Beach badging on the front fender and inside on the floor mats. Also inside, the SC reveals vintage colors while maintaining a modern design, with premium Pimento Red leather-trimmed seating surfaces and black bird's-eye maple trim. Even more unique are the subtle details such as a red and silver engine cover, black headlights and red scuff plate illumination. Additionally, each Lexus SC Pebble Beach Edition comes equipped with a complimentary black Lexus and Pebble Beach Company Tumi tri-fold garment bag. Unlike most Tumi products, which are made of ballistic nylon, this customized bag is made crafted in full leather.
Of course, one of the most impressive features on the Lexus SC is its ability to hide the roof within the confines of its trunk in a mere 25 seconds, while still maintaining enough room for luggage. All without latches, catches, snaps or covers. And when the top is up, it defies traditional convertible logic by remaining solid, secure and weatherproof-sans flutters, drafts or leaks. Underneath its skin, the Lexus SC hosts a 300-horsepower, 4.3-liter V8 engine.
For ultimate listening pleasure, Lexus teamed up with Mark Levinson-designers of the ultimate in custom home audio systems-to create a sound system available exclusively in Lexus vehicles. The SC features a nine-speaker, seven-channel, DSP-amplified system, complete with an in-dash, single-feed, six-disc CD auto-changer. What's truly amazing about this system is that it monitors whether you have the top up or down, and adjusts the frequency equalization, and volume and bass response accordingly. The end result is a quality of sound that truly mimics a live performance.
Country of origin Japan
Produced in 2004
Introduced at 2000 Paris Motorshow
Numbers built 600
Body design N/A
Weight 1740 kg / 3836.0 lbs
Engine 3UZ-FE 90º V8
Engine location Front, longitudinally mounted
Displacement 4.293 liter / 262.0 cu in
Valvetrain 4 valves/cylinder, DOHC
Fuel feed L-Jetronic Fuel injection
Aspiration Naturally Aspirated
Gearbox A650F 5 Speed Automatic
Drive Rear wheel drive
Power 300 bhp / 223.8 kW @ 5600 rpm
Torque 440 Nm / 324.5 ft lbs @ 3400 rpm
Power to weight ratio 0.17 bhp/kg
Top Speed 155.3 mph / 250.0 km/h (limited)
0-60 mph Acceleration 5.90 s