Six Amazing Facts About the Lexus SC300
- The Lexus SC300 is the start in two major Hollywood blockbusters. The first is the Fast and the Furious spin-off, Tokyo Drift, where it was one of the souped-up cars driven about by the characters. The second is the action flick, Eagle Eye. Its role in that last one was much smaller-it was one of many vehicles destroyed by the menacing Reaper UAV near the climax of the movie.
- Bigger-engine equipped Lexus SC300s are favored in the Super GT race series-specifically in the GT500 class. These tricked-out and heavily upgraded versions of the luxury coupe were driven by former GT500 champion Juichi Wakisaka and Andre Lotterer. The team won victory at the race's opening round in Suzuka. What made the feat impressive was that it was its debut race!
- Its deceptively nimble handling and long wheelbase have made the Lexus SC300 extremely popular in the professional and street motorsport of drifting. Despite being much heavier and bulkier than the other cars used for this particular sport, it is a very tough car to beat. Especially favored is the ease by which parts can be obtained.
- A lot of comparisons have been drawn between the Lexus SC300 and the Toyota Supra-after all, both are capable cars that also double as competitive racers. Apart from a few design considerations, however, they are very different machines. The Lexus SC300 is purely aimed at the luxury segment that just happens to be an excellent platform for racing development. So where did the comparisons come from? They come from the odd fact that parts of the two cars are cross-compatible!
- The Lexus SC300 is one of the longest lasting cars in the Lexus line-up-having survived for almost 20 years without being replaced. When it was indeed "replaced" in 2010, it was in fact simply upgraded to a four-door, drop-top, and V8 engine-equipped version of the older SC300. You could therefore argue that it hasn't really been phased out completely.
- Unlike other Toyota and Lexus designs that are home-grown on Japan, the Lexus SC300 is designed entirely in America-Southern California to be exact. What was the design theme of the car? Curvature. That is why you see so little in the way of sharp edges across the length of the Lexus SC300.