Lexus has introduced a number of enhancements for the SC430 luxury convertible, available from September.

The dynamic performance of the SC430 has been fine tuned with the adoption of new monotube shock absorbers. This system provides damping force even when the piston is in the extreme low range, which contributes to a natural and quick steering response and a flat, comfortable ride. The smooth and responsive damping also improves the vehicle’s road holding and helps further reduce body roll.

Lexus has also improved the performance of the DVD Lexus Navigator satellite navigation system with the addition of Electronic Traffic Avoidance (ETA) and voice command recognition. The voice recognition function also allows hands-free use of Bluetooth-compatible mobile telephones.

ETA constantly monitors traffic information sources through FM radio signals, even when the navigation and audio systems are switched off. If it detects any delays on a pre-programmed route, it can alert the driver and offer the option of automatic rerouting to avoid any hold-up.

The price of the revised Lexus SC430 is £52,385 including metallic paint.