2019 Lexus IS 300 F Sport Black Line Special Edition

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
2019 lexus is 300 f sport black line special edition

With sales of the IS 300 leaving something to be desired these past few years, Lexus has bestowed the obligatory black-themed appearance package on the compact sedan for the 2019 model year.

Available on both rear- and all-wheel drive IS 300 F Sport models for 2019, the Black Line Special Edition offers a handful exterior features that help to distinguish it from the standard IS. However, the appearance package will be only be available in three exterior colors: ultra white, obsidian and atomic silver.

While not the most varied color palate, Black Line models do get a dash of warmth via red accenting. The center console is framed by scarlet bars, while black Nuluxe seats come with ruby piping and contrast stitching that extends into the armrest. Lexus also chucked on navigation and triple-beam LED headlamps as part of the package — adding some value, as both are rather expensive options when purchased à la carte.

Outside, the IS receives a set of 18-inch wheels in the “black vapor chrome” finish that we’ve seen on the LS. They’re not so much black as they are an incredibly dark gunmetal gray, but they are rather fetching. The black side mirrors aren’t a bad touch, either.

Lexus also mentioned a heated, wood-trimmed steering wheel that features “distinctive shades of black” created by a Japanese calligraphy shop dedicated to perfecting ink for more than 200 years. That’s either an admirable commitment to perfection of minutiae or the physical manifestation of a deep-seated mental illness. It’s sometimes hard to distinguish with real genius. We’re leaning toward the latter, as Lexus didn’t bother to provide a close-up view of the piece that supposedly represents two centuries of creative commitment.

Of course, the real selling point is the illusion of exclusivity. Lexus says it’s limiting itself to just 900 examples of the IS 300 F Sport Black Line for 2019 — or about 4 percent of the the brand’s total IS volume for the United States in 2018. Our assumption is that you probably won’t have trouble getting your hands on one, even if you avoid calling your local dealership immediately after reading this.

Officially, Lexus hasn’t said how much a Black Line IS 300 will set you back. Unofficially, we’ve been told by one dealership that the package adds around three grand to a base F Sport’s MSRP. That’s not a bad deal, considering it bundles navigation and LEDs.

Production of the special editions began in early February, meaning dealers should start getting them in March.

[Images: Lexus]

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  • Blackcloud_9 Blackcloud_9 on Feb 27, 2019

    And the 2019 award for the longest vehicle name goes to...? Hey, this could be a future QOTD ;-)

  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Feb 28, 2019

    I was going to post that the painted Class A surface directly in line with the rear door sill needs a "NO STEP" sticker or external sill plate to avoid scratches/damage... But now I see that the designers have sculpted the rear door shape to discourage any use of the rear seat whatsoever.

  • Del My father bought GM cars in the 60's, but in 1971 he gave me a used Datsun (as they were called back then), and I'm now in my 70's and am happy to say that GM has been absent from my entire adult life. This article makes me gladder than ever.
  • TheEndlessEnigma That's right GM, just keep adding to that list of reasons why I will never buy your products. This, I think, becomes reason number 69, right after OnStar-Cannot-Be-Disabled-And-It-Comes-Standard-Whether-Or-Not-You-Want-It and Screw-You-American-Car-Buyer-We-Only-Make-Trucks-And-SUVs.
  • 3SpeedAutomatic Does this not sound and feel like the dawn of ICE automobiles in the early 20th century, but at double or triple speed speed!!There were a bunch of independent car markers by the late 1910’s. By the mid 20’s, we were dropping down to 10 or 15 producers as Henry was slashing the price of the Model T. The Great Depression hit, and we are down to the big three and several independents. For EVs, Tesla bolted out of the gate, the small three are in a mad dash to keep up. Europe was caught flat footed due to the VW scandal. Lucid, Lordstown, & Rivian are scrambling to up production to generate cash. Now the EV leader has taken a page from the Model T and is slashing prices putting the rest of the EV market in a tail spin. Deja vu……
  • Michael Eck With those mods, I wonder if it's tuned...
  • Mike-NB2 I'm not a Jeep guy, but I really, really like the 1978 Jeep Cherokee 4xe concept.