At the 2011 Chicago Auto Show next week, Lexus will show a sportier side of its hybrid dominated lineup. Highlighting the luxury automaker’s 20,000 square-foot exhibit will be the Five Axis Project Lexus CT 200h.
“For more than a decade, Americans have made Lexus the top luxury brand in the country because of its refined sedans and SUVs, but there’s more to this company than meets the eye,” said Paul Rohovsky, National Manager of Events and Promotions at Lexus. “Lexus brings new excitement to the brand with vehicles like the LFA supercar and youthful CT 200h entry-luxury hybrid. Our F Sport accessories allow customers the opportunity to turn up the performance quotient on a number of vehicles.”
Of course the Lexus LFA will also be present to help the brand show off some sportiness.
Check out the press talk after the jump.
Refresher: Power for the Lexus CT 200h comes from a 1.8L VVT-i gasoline engine mated to a powerful electric-motor fueled by nickel-metal hydride batteries. The models produces a total system output of 134 hp allowing it to go from 0-60 mph in 9.8 seconds. The 2011 CT 200h gets a combined EPA estimated fuel economy rating of 42 mpg. Unlike a mild-hybrid system, the CT 200h has an EV (electric-vehicle) mode that allows it to run on only on its electric-motor for up to 1.2 miles at speeds of up to 28 mph. Prices start at $29,120.
2011 Lexus CT 200h:
Lexus Exhibit Will Exude ‘Performance’ at 2011 Chicago Auto Show
2011 Chicago Auto Show – Five Axis Project Lexus CT 200h
CHICAGO, Ill., February 2, 2011 – While luxury is at the heart of Lexus, the automaker will be showing off a bit of its wild side at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show.
Lexus will be packing plenty of performance in its 20,000-square-foot exhibit with displays dedicated to sporty accessorization and sheer, unbridled horsepower.
Among the numerous head-turning offerings in the Lexus exhibit is the inspirational and aspirational 552-horsepower V10 LFA supercar. Lexus began delivering the highly-anticipated 2012 LFA to U.S. customers last month. The new CT 200h will have a prominent place in the exhibit, encompassed in a “Darker Side of Green” interactive studio. The new CT 200h, the fifth hybrid in the Lexus lineup, achieves the luxury segment’s best EPA-estimated combined fuel economy of 42 mpg. It goes on sale this March.
The Chicago Auto Show will mark the debut of a highly-modified Five Axis Project CT that proves that hybrids can be aggressive. This CT 200h is complemented by a Five Axis custom widebody conversion, JDSU “Dark Passage” paint, and custom black accents. It sits low on a TEIN Flex coilover suspension system and custom 19-inch FIVE:AD forged wheels. The Five Axis Project CT also features a custom Ultrasuede® EcoDesign™ interior, custom touch screen interface center console and a Stoptech High Performance Big Brake Kit on the front. Standout vehicles from last year’s Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show that will also be on display include a customized LS600h L by VIP Auto Salon and a revamped RX 450h courtesy of tuner Paul Tolson, EST Styling.
Due to its popularity on Internet sites such as YouTube, Lexus has a kiosk dedicated to the gravity-defying “Hard Way” television advertisement, featuring a crane and several Lexus vehicles linked in midair. Visitors will get a chance to view a video of the pain-staking preparation and engineering know-how that brought this much talked-about TV spot to life.
– By: Omar Rana