• Oct 17th 2010 at 12:03PM
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Lexus is serious about pitching the CT 200h as a sportier alternative to most hybrids. Thing is, like the Honda CR-Z, the CT doesn't really live up to that hype. That won't stop Lexus from beefing things up a bit, though. To that end, it has unveiled an F Sport package for the hybrid hatch.

Unveiled at Sydney's Australian International Motor Show, the CT 200h F Sport gets a revised body kit, up-sized alloys, tinted glass, specific dashboard and door panel trim, a thicker steering wheel, and new pedals.

Lexus says it has re-tuned the suspension as well, and an optional Flame Blue color joins the catalog. Unfortunately, we think it makes the CT look more budget than premium. You can read all the details in the press release after the jump.

[Source: Lexus]
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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.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Lexus is serious about pitching the CT 200h as a sportier alternative to most hybrids. Thing is, like the Honda CR-Z, the CT doesn't really live up to that hype."

      Really? Would you rather drive a CR-Z or a Prius? This thing or a Prius? I think we'd all choose the former and not the latter in both hypotheticals. So, yeah, I think they did live up to the hype of them being a sportIER alternative to most hybrids.

      Just because you'd rather drive a GTI than a CR-Z doesn't mean it's not sportier than a Prius.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sportier than a Prius? Talk about damning with faint praise.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Choosing between CT-200h, Prius and CR-Z, I would pick the CT-200h all the way.

        IMO it is the best looking of the three, still has rear seats and you can see out the back.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is going to be an Epic fail.
      Part of owning a luxury car is, is having a car that looks luxury.
      How about you just buy a mazda3 and save 20 grand.

      • 4 Years Ago
      looks awesome, best looking hatch on the market, especially that sporty interior. People buy hybrids for fuel economy not drag racing. This should handle well with the upgrade suspension to an already solid double wishbone setup.
      • 4 Years Ago
      lol f sport = hybrid with body kit .... good job Lexus
      • 4 Years Ago
      shoe-horn a V6 into it, you bastards!
        • 4 Years Ago
        +1, should be a hybrid V6 so it can keep its stupid badging and call itself a "sport hybrid"
        • 4 Years Ago
        actually, i dont mind the LS600h hybrid power plant in there. Fine by me. Hell, put that in the IS-F too.
      • 4 Years Ago
      All show and no go.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Uglier than a monkey's butt.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You guys would be LOVIN' this design if it had a Hyundai badge on it.
        After all, if the Camry looked like the new Sonata, you'd definitely call it like it is.... FUGLY. The criticism of this car seems to smell of "We hate Toyota and Lexus because they make cars that most people want to buy"...... IMO.....
        • 4 Years Ago
        @miketim - yup unless you marketing it as sporty as all your competition rides on inherently sporty chassis
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't know about go, but this fugly thing has no show what so ever. Come on even toyota fans have to admit this is a fugly looking excuse for a sports wagon. toyota just keeps getting worse in design. They need to fire who ever is coming up with these hideous designs. Look to hyundai kia or ford for tips on what looks good! these 3 automakers have a solid bullet proof record in the last 5 or so years of wonderful looking designs. I do feel sorry for the designers at toyota when they have to explain their poor hideous attempt to design a car! Also how do you explain your poor choice in buying such a ugly car too your friends as well, LOL ESP now that toyota and lexus has poor reliability and resale values. there is just no good reason to buy this hideous monster of a wreck of a so called sports wagon, LOL

        Do the autoworld a favor and save our eyes from this sore and don't buy it, PLEASE for god sake keep this thing off the public roads.
        • 4 Years Ago
        exactly what i was about to post *yawn*
        wake me up when there finally IS an affordable, sporty, sensible and good looking hybrid to be released.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Toyota is once again showing it's inability to exude class or a sense of style above that of your basic ricer from the bad part of town. No guts and tacked on glory is the poser way.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not much sporty at all.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love the interior. It's modern Japanese-retro
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great post.

      Used Lexus
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow I am not liking this vehicle at all. The show car was not too bad but lost a lot in the translation to production car. They should have probably also offered this as a regular petrol or diesel powered vehicle as well as hybrid. Doesn't Lexus already offer a hybrid only vehicle as the HS? I don't know but I think Lexus has lost it's game to a degree in some regards. The production styling of this car makes me think of a Matrix and Venza mix... Just not really feeling this at all. And I love hatches so I was hoping this was goona be a decent looking Lexus based off the show car, but it has disappointed me...
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