The subject for today’s instalment of “the SUV you really want but don’t need” is the latest addition to the Inspiration Series. 23 years and three facelifts later, the largest SUV in the Japanese automaker’s production line, the Lexus LX, turns up the ante with a limited edition trim that’s dubbed the Black Onyx.
Created presumably to stay relevant in the luxury market in the face of growing competition from other manufacturers, Lexus’ Inspiration Series sees special edition touches that are occasionally dropped on their favourite car models, making Toyota’s higher-end cars even fancier. While its previous entry saw a deeply saturated Structural Blue’ colour scheme on the Black Panther’s 2018 Lexus LC, this year’s offering is a sinister black-out version of the Toyota Land Cruiser-based SUV.
Apart from obvious features such as black paint and black 21-inch wheels, the Lexus LX Inspiration Series also sports black trim to the windows, headlights and fog lights. Its grille is wrapped with an even flashier new dark chrome surround, while the headlamp lenses are smoked black to really drive the message home. At the back, the taillights, back door, and license plate are decked out in more black chrome.
In a bizarre twist, Lexus swings the other end of the colour spectrum for its interiors. Still, the white leather-swathed cabin doesn’t look out of place; black touches are deftly incorporated throughout for a unique two-tone finish, adding sophistication to this fancy beast. This version also comes fully kitted-out with all the LX options you’ve always wanted but never ticked, including a four-zone climate control, projector door lamps, and a 19-speaker Mark Levinson audio system.
Under the hood, the same 5.7-litre V8 from the standard LX570 is used, which when mated to the eight-speed automatic and four-wheel-drive system, fuels the big boy with 383hp and 546Nm of torque.
Only 500 of this murdered-out Lexus LX Inspiration Series will be made — a significant production hike from the LC’s 100 examples.