Limited to just 900 units.
The term 'special edition' can possess many meanings in the automotive industry. It can sometimes refer to a hardcore performance model but it can also just be a minor change from a standard model with a new color or some wheels. The latest line of Blackline models from Lexus sits in the latter category. Lexus has recently shown off an NX 300 F Sport Blackline model followed a standard NX 300 Blackline featuring bronze wheels.
In the company's latest bid to keep an aging car relevant, Lexus has now given the Blackline treatment to the IS sedan. Introducing the 2020 IS F Sport Blackline Special Edition, available now on the IS 350 F Sport as well as IS 300 F Sport RWD and AWD models.
Lexus will only build 900 examples, split up between the F Sport versions of the IS 350 RWD, IS 350 AWD, IS 300 RWD, and IS 300 AWD models. Lexus IS 300 RWD models feature a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder sending 241 horsepower out through an eight-speed automatic while AWD models use a 3.5-liter V6 with 260 hp going out through a six-speed automatic. The IS 350 uses a more potent 3.5-liter V6 producing 311 hp going out to an eight-speed automatic with RWD or a six-speed automatic with AWD.
The Blackline special edition features 18-inch split-spoke wheels with a black vapor chrome finish, complemented by a black chrome front grille surround and black mirrors. Inside, the interior boasts unique black-and-gray seats, Indigo Blue stitching, and Indigo Blue accents on the steering wheel, switch panels, and glove box.
Pricing begins at $45,200 for an IS 300 F Sport Blackline Special Edition with RWD and increases to $47,650 with AWD. Upgrading to the more powerful IS 350 F Sport Blackline Special Edition with RWD costs $48,820 or $50,985 with AWD. In our opinion, the subtle changes on the exterior and interior are not worth paying more than a standard IS F Sport and even with a limited production of just 900 units, the Blackline probably will not be worth much more than a standard car when it comes time to sell it.