Because black is the new black.
Lexus has been moving and shaking in the last few months: it has been finalizing features for the 2021 ES hybrid, as well as registering the RZ 450e in the USA, Europe, and Australia, which means we could be seeing a new powertrain and model making its way to the States. In the more immediate future, a slew of models has been given the Black Line treatment. We've previously seen this special edition variant on the GS and the RX, but now, Lexus is applying it to its smallest two-door model, the Lexus RC. 2021 sees the addition of the limited-production Black Line Special Edition with unique crafted touches, while the rest of the 2021 lineup gets tweaked to include a new exterior color called Grecian Water, standard blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and heated electrochromic exterior mirrors.
Lexus has decided to make the already good looking RC stand out even further with the addition of the Black Line Special Edition, which suits the "aggressive styling and versatile driving character" of the RC perfectly. This special edition is available on the RC 300 and RC 350 and is based on the F Sport grade. Each Black Line car features triple-beam LED headlamps, 19-inch F Sport wheels finished in Black Sputtering Chrome, as well as darkened exhaust tips. Exterior color options include Ultra White or the all-new Cloudburst Gray. On the inside, new customers get black Nuluxe upholstery accented with silver contrast stitching. These cars also get Ash Wood trim on the steering wheel. Just 350 of the Black Line models will be produced, making it extremely limited, and each will be paired with a bespoke Zero Halliburton luggage set.
Not only does the RC Black Line look good, but there's the power to back up the good looks. As before, the RC 300 is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter turbo engine producing 241 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to the rear via an eight-speed automatic transmission. The RC 300 AWD gets a six-speed automatic transmission with a 260-horsepower 3.5-liter V6. At the top of the pile suits the RC 350 and RC 350 AWD with a 311-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine. The RC 350 will accelerate to sixty in only 5.8 seconds in RWD guise.
Safety has been enhanced for 2021 with the inclusion of blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert as standard on all RC models. This joins the Lexus Safety System + which already includes pedestrian detection, lane departure alert, high-speed adaptive cruise control, and intelligent high-beam headlights.