I was attracted to this car purely by its looks and still love it for that reason. After 27,000 miles the only failure of any part has been the gas springs for the trunk. Driving is excellent and stable at high speed. Low speed driving suffers due to relatively stiff steering (no "two-finger" driving for this car). Brakes are the best I have ever experienced. For all the good things there are things my previous car (Buick Reatta) had and did that I miss. I could get more information out of my Buick computer than the Lexus' and I could drive with my elbow out the window, which is very uncomfortable in the Lexus. Rear visibility suffers in the Lexus, also.
High speed stability, the hard-top convertible.
My Reatta had visors that stayed where I placed them. The Lexus visors stay where they want to. It would take a re-styling to accomplish, but the rear visibility is terrible, what with the high body rear end and the permanent rear "seat" head restraints blocking the view.
I drove standard shift sports cars for 17 years prior to getting my SC 430 and was thrilled with the reliability, style, acceleration capability and comfort of the SC 430. A great car that is exceptionally fun to cruise around in with the top down, and a grand road car with it up. However, there are some improvements that can be made.
Looks!, Convertible top mechanism and ease of use, cool features, raw acceleration power (when manually shifted)... it goes like a scalded dog.
In DRIVE my great grandmother would like it. In ECT PWR mode my grandmother would. Manual shifting allows the variable cam timing to do its thing - Super! Also, delete the run flat tires... they degrade the drive ability about 80%. Get regular performance tires and enjoy what the car can really do.