Lexus has been slowly changing the image of their brand as the one known for attention to detail and boring driving characteristics to a major player in the luxury car segment. It started off with the BMW M3-competing Lexus IS-F and while the Lexus still falls short from beating the M3, it doesn’t defeat the fact that Lexus can make a performance car. But now that Lexus has a car it can compare to the likes of BMW M, Mercedes AMG and Audi S, Lexus has been beginning to offer “F-Sport” packages that are synonymous to BMW’s, Mercedes’, and Audi’s sport packages. And Lexus’s latest effort is the CT200h F-Sport.
The F-Sport Package for the CT200h debuted first in Australia last year and includes a variety of performance accessories from Lexus’s F-Sport Performance department. These accessories include a sport-tuned suspension, IS-F-like 17-inch wheels, a mesh front grill, leather steering and shift knob, aluminum sport pedals and much more.
The CT200h’s internals remain untouched, producing a combined 134-hp from the hybrid powertrain for a 0-60 time of 9.8 seconds.
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A new unique color bespoke to the F-Sport package option has been added as well: Nebula Gray Pearl, which I assume is some sort of metallic gray.
The package will be available for 2012 model year CT200h’s. Pricing has yet to be released.
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.
2011 Lexus CT 200h F Sport:
– By: Chris Chin