Car is superb and exactly as advertised. So much fun to drive.
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Rent a seriously cool V8 Lexus Convertible Coupe!
A superbly luxurious 2 seater Grand Tourer, with room for luggage on the occasional rear seats. A snug hard top coupe that transforms into a stunningly designed convertible. Luxury abounds with leather, lashings of wood and the high quality touches Lexus are famed for. A powerful 4.3 litre V8 engine that will have your neck hairs tingling, with a smooth, silky progression mile after mile. Auto transmission for a relaxed drive with the option of manual tiptronic to pace through the gears. And the wonderful 360 degree vista of New Zealands majestic views just the touch of a button away.
OK so it’s not European, but it beats a lot of them at their own game. A very special car to take pride of place anywhere, let alone as a hire car, made for memories of a wonderfully unique and luxurious experience. Or you could hire an ordinary Toyota rental car from somewhere else…
Features and Specification
- 4.3 litre VVTi
- Automatic 6 speed transmission with tiptronic
- Reversing Sonar
- Stability Control
- Traction Control
Ride = Comfort
- Leather Seats
- Wood Console
- Cruise Control
- Wind Deflector
- Climate Control
- CD Multi-changer
- Power Hardtop Roof
- Electrically Adjustable Seats
- Seats 2
- Luggage space = Adequate
- Boot dimensions = 80 x 80 x 35 (cm LWH) – Roof up
- Extra space on token rear seats for when roof down 120 x 30 x 70
“My wife was nervous about the convertibles being noisy and cold – but neither were the case. And every time the sun came out, she was saying ‘let’s put the top down’. Will definitely book again.“
Rental car heaven! Rent A Classic in Nelson gave us a brilliant experience. The Lexus is a smooth luxurious tourer. Stephen was a pleasure to deal with, responsive and considerate. Strongly recommend!
What's she like to drive?
Superbly smooth, it’s like riding on a magic carpet. This is the later model without the hard run flat tyres, and with the suspension tweaks that much improved the ride and handling over earlier models. This SC430 is a consummate Grand Tourer, refined, unruffled but with a seriously capable 4.3 litre V8 with variable valve timing to make it quite happy to take things higher up the rev range. And you can easily do that using the tiptronic clutchless shifter where you choose when to change up and down. Or you can just leave it in auto for a wonderfully relaxed cruise.
What do I need to get used to?
Feeling like a film star? This is a car for the celebrities straight off Hollywood Boulevard, with Bentley like quality and presence. White ‘ecru’ soft ruched leather compliments the pearlescent white paintwork, with lashings of wood capping the dash. There’s electric everything, electric seats, electric roof, electric steering adjustment, and electric performance. A Mark Levinson hifi quality stereo with CD multi-changer and tape deck, (see, it really is a classic!), bathes you in sound as you bathe unruffled in the sunshine. Try finding a convertible with this much luxury, style and rarity to rent anywhere else in New Zealand…apart from our Jaguar XK8 convertible of course…but then that can’t transform into a snug coupe as well in 25 seconds flat.
What about safety and reliability?
This is a Lexus, their first convertible, into which they put their reputation for fanatical reliability and attention to detail. It’s a big, solid car, airbags abound, there’s ABS, Brake Assist, vehicle stability and traction control. And being a Lexus, everything still works just as it should – even the revolving electric wooden panel to the stereo that James Bond would approve of.
What condition is she in?
Pretty pampered. Whilst there are a few signs of wear in places on the paintwork, that means you don’t have to feel too overly concerned.
How much luggage can fit?
Well that depends on whether you like your roof up or down. Up you have a good amount of space, but down you’ll be using the token rear seats to store your luggage in but that’s absolutely fine, so long as you belt them in for additional safety. Please refer to the Seating & Luggage tab above for exact dimensions but note she’s really a 2 seater, a very small third person could possibly go in, but at a real squeeze.
And the best driving tracks from the same year as the car would be?
2005 wasn’t too a bad year for some good sounds – here are its best super cooled chilled driving tunes to complement the Lexus SC430:
- Twilight Stolen – Module
- That’s How Life Goes – Janita
- Quartett – Orbit Experience
Now we acknowledge driving music is a very subjective thing, but clearly here, we’re right. So download, hire our Portable Bluetooth Speaker & enjoy!
How fast will she go Mister?
For a super chilled big car it’s surprisingly quick – our fastest car in fact. 0 – 100km/h comes up in less than 6 secs….but that’s as fast as you want to go.
How would a certain Mr Clarkson describe it?
Ahem….”The worst car in the history of the world…..”
And the RentAClassic description?
“Wrong, wrong, wrong. It’s a sublime cruiser. They were talking about the early poor riding ones with run flat tyres which ours doesn’t have, and on this occasion, over opinionated rubbish….”
What's important to you?
Different strokes for different folks….
Do you want sensible things like comfort, luggage space, affordability (OK….)….
or more indulgent stuff like luxury, handling and powwwwerrrrr (yeah)?!
We think all our cars are totally brilliant, but here’s how this Lexus compares to our other cars on some key rental criteria.
Satellite Navigation Hire
Satellite navigation unit hire from $15 / day.
Portable Speaker Hire
Beam your perfect cruising soundtracks to our best in class UE Roll Bluetooth speaker! $15 per 24 hours.
Pack a picnic
Hire a picnic hamper with settings for 2 or 4, (minus food & drink), plus rug. $30 for 24 hours.