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Lexus CT 200h F Sport – Click above for high-res image gallery

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]


PRESS RELEASE

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
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      • 4 Years Ago
      There is no doubt about it, Lexus are taking advantage of their market position here, having the first ‘luxury’ hybrid compact car. There is no need for it to be as expensive as it is, but I understand why Lexus have done it. I have been informed that the deposit is 100% refundable for any reason at all, so I am going to put one down today. Where’s the risk? The one thing that seems wholly wrong is the uplift price for the premier over the mid range model?!?! A fantastic tom tom is £200 ish. I will get the ML upgraded stereo if it’s not too silly, but who needs a rear parking camera? It definitely feels like a compromise on performance, looks (why can’t anyone make an attractive hybrid yet?), and size, but it ticks a lot of boxes that will only become more and more prominent over the coming years.
      http://www.greenautozone.net/lexus-ct-200h-to-debut-at-the-new-york-auto-show-in-the-u-s.html
      • 4 Years Ago
      A bling kit doesn't do it for me. This car has neither Prius fuel economy (42 EPA vs 50) nor anything more than the Prius in uumph with identical 130 hp (100 kW) combined motive power with acceleration of 0 to 60 mph in 9.8 seconds. Add the nice but not quite Lexus interior, I am not sure what this car is supposed to do.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Toyota is doing exactly what they said they would do: bring hybrid tech to their entire model range. All kinds of cars and variants means all kinds of hybrids. This gets better mpg than the CR-Z, the Scion tC, Lexus' own IS-250, and other faux sporty-like cars.

        Obviously, every other car won't do as well as the most fuel-efficient car! The fact that the most fuel-efficient car is a practical reliable mid-size hatchback which meets the needs of most car buyers makes all other hybrid models a tough sell, but I still applaud Toyota/Lexus for giving people choices.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This Lexus is 100mm shorter in wheelbase and length
        40mm shorter in height
        and yet its curb weight is 30kg more than the Prius at 1410kg

        so I agree entirely that it is hard to beat your own (world) standard
        and its "a good thing" that Toyota is putting their hybrid technology in other vehicles
        its just not clear that they tried very hard in making a sport version (yet)

        Just imagine what that Prius powerplant would do shoveled in a light car with great dynamics such as a Mazda Miata (940kg +135Kg additional of battery and motor and electrics). It wouldn't scare the Porshe dealership, but it would be heaps of fun.

        It also would be a combination that wouldn't need racing bling.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Yes... that's what you want on a hybrid. Bigger, wider, heavier wheels.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Eh, not necessarily. Look at the EfficientDynamics concept and/or the mystery car on dontblogaboutthis.com... 195/55R21

        Tall and skinny is how it's gonna be. I'm interested to see how bumpers and such are going to look to cover up the goofy-lookingness of such weirdly proportioned tires on a sedan/coupe.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ahh.. you win. That's what i get for assuming that they put smaller wheels on it in the first place.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Where do you see that they're bigger, wider, or heavier? This site seems to think they're still 17's, still alloy, and likely don't increase much in width, if at all:

        http://lexusenthusiast.com/2010/09/28/lexus-ct-200h-f-sport-accessories/

        From the pictures here, it just looks like they're powdercoated darker grey, so I wouldn't expect much difference in the way of weight.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah :|.... because cars keep getting taller, hence they look stupid with small wheels.. a la Suzuki Aerio

        do not like
        • 4 Years Ago
        Small wheels are a thing of the past...and they're only going to get bigger.