Lexus is bringing its F Sport accessories to the CT 200h hybrid hatch. The Lexus CT 200h F Sport made its debut at the 2010 Australian International Motor Show prior to the model’s debut in the country in the first half of 2011.
The sporty hybrid hatch gets numerous visual and performance upgrades including an upgraded suspension, front and rear sporty styling, alloy wheels and badging. Inside, the CT 200h F Sport gets a sporty interior trim, F Sport steering wheel, sports pedals, scuff plates, instrument panel and window tint.
To improve ride and handling, the Lexus CT 200h F Sport gets a unique upgrade to the body performance damper.
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:
LEXUS STAGES WORLD DEBUT OF CT 200h F SPORT AT AIMS
Lexus has staged the global debut of the CT 200h F Sport model at the Australian International Motor Show (AIMS) in advance of the model’s introduction to Australia in the first half of 2011.
F Sport CT 200h receives a number of visual and performance enhancements in keeping with Lexus’ F Sport model line-up.
Performance and exterior enhancements include unique suspension, front and rear styling, alloy wheels and badging, along with the choice of Lexus’ unique Flame Blue exterior colour.
Inside, F Sport model CT 200h will receive optional unique interior trim, F Sport steering wheel, sports pedals, scuff plates, instrument panel and privacy glass.
CT 200h F Sport models will feature Lexus’ unique body performance damper, which has been designed to improve ride and handling.
Lexus has used the damping technology as an effective way of increasing torsional rigidity, suppressing vibrations and contributing to ride comfort without the penalty of significant extra weight.
The lateral dampers, deployed front and rear, are key elements in a detailed package of design and engineering measures that also includes strategic strengthening and carefully-gauged welding quality throughout the vehicle.
Lexus chief executive Tony Cramb said the debut of the F Sport model at AIMS demonstrated the importance of CT for the Australian market.
“CT 200h gives Lexus a presence in the growing luxury compact segment,” he said.
“There is a clear trend to small vehicles that do not compromise on features – in short, CT is a small car with all the luxury features of a large car.
“CT 200h F Sport models will add even greater appeal to a vehicle that – with its hybrid drivetrain and list of advanced features – is set to become Australia’s most advanced luxury hatch.
“The arrival of the CT 200h in 2011 reinforces yet again Lexus’ commitment to hybrid vehicles.
“It cements our real-world hybrid advantage in the luxury market,” Mr Cramb said.
– By: Omar Rana