What is it about black cars that make them so special? Some say black makes the car look intimidating, while others prefer how it makes the car look classy and sophisticated. Either way, using black paint on cars makes them more appealing so it seems.
But when Lexus revealed the 2021 RC Black Line Edition, there seems to be a certain lack of "black" on the coupe. Still, the car still looks sleek and suave like it's ready to go to a 'black-tie' event.
So what makes this special edition coupe so special compared to the standard offering?
Let's start by taking a look at the RC's unique 19-inch alloy wheels. They're painted in a special finish called Black Sputtering Chrome which gives the wheels a distinct look. Then there are the darkened exhaust tips, black side mirror caps, as well as the Triple-Beam, LED headlights that provide the coupe with a sportier look. There are only 2 exterior colors available for the RC Black Line Edition – Ultra White and Cloudburst Gray. Sadly, there's no black color option for the RC's exterior.
If the exterior of the RC Black Line Edition lacks a certain black finish, the interior is the complete opposite. The surfaces of the RC's cabin is covered in Black Nuluxe and is complemented by touches of silver-colored stitching. Meanwhile, the steering wheel and selection portions of the interior get Ash Wood trim as an added touch.
But what could be the biggest addition on the RC Black Line Edition is a bespoke set of travel cases made exclusively for Lexus. Part of the 2021 Lexus Black Line Special Edition series, the famed luxury brand Zero Haliburton provides customers with special luggage cases that include a 22-inch carry-on, and a 26-inch medium travel case - perfect for those weekend getaways.
Under the hood, the 2021 RC is available with three powertrain options. First is the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder found in the RC 300. It makes 245 PS along with 350 Nm of torque and is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Next is the RC 300 AWD which packs a 3.5-liter, naturally-aspirated V6. It puts out a modest 258 PS with 319 Nm of torque and shifts via a six-speed automatic gearbox.
Last but not least is the RC 350. It's powered by a more powerful 3.5-liter V6 which doles out 317 PS and 358 Nm of torque. Like the RC 300, the 350 is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission that drives the rear wheels. It's also available in an all-wheel-drive form via the RC 350 AWD but only comes with the six-speed automatic.
Thinking of getting your own Black Line Edition, you better be quick as only 350 units will be made, and most are earmarked for the US market. Maybe Lexus Philippines can have some sent over here should there be interested customers that wish to get their own RC Black Line Edition.