• Feb 10, 2011
2011 Lexus CT 200h by Five Axis – Click above for high-res image gallery

Yes, it is indeed a bit odd that Lexus chose to show off a tuned version of its CT 200h hatchback at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show. Generally speaking, such machines are reserved for events more along the lines of the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Still, here we are in the Windy City and there's this Five Axis-tuned hybrid on the stage; we couldn't help but shoot it for your viewing pleasure.

In addition to the custom widebody kit, this CT 200h wears a unique coat of paint and features a lowered suspension courtesy of Tein along with upgraded brakes from Stoptech. Want to see more? Check out the gallery of live images below... and do try to overlook the horrible lighting afflicting the Lexus stage in Chicago.



Photos copyright ©2011 Drew Phillips / AOL


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Its the perfect vehicle for people who like to be seen, but dont care about performance. Like most Toyotas of late (minus the LF-A and IS-F), its all bark and no bite. All show, no go. The looks are decent, but w/o power to back them up? Ill pass.
        • 3 Years Ago
        You'll pass alright, because of your bank account!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Toyota hybrid with a fancy bodykit, wheels, big brakes and no extra oomph? No thank you.
      • 3 Years Ago
      it's interesting looking but why bother? the majority of these hatches will be Pearl White with the gold logo package and undersized tires, like the rest of the Lexuses I see.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Did they run out of time to shave the front two door handles?
        • 3 Years Ago
        I have never understood why an company would remove (hide) the rear door handles but not the front. It in no way, shape, or form makes the vehicle look like a coupe and instead makes it look back heavy. It really stands out on style winners (sarcasm) like the compass and, in my opinion, went a long way towards making the Acura ZDX look more awkward than necessary.

        Maybe its some sort of safety regulation?
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can dig it !

      One of the best looking hatches ever.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      • 3 Years Ago
      Surprisingly, I caught myself looking through all the pictures on this one. The surfacing is very overdone on the bumpers, but somehow it works with itself. For a hot hatch though, I'd stick with a WRX which has a stick and isn't a hybrid.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Two different beasts. This is where automotive technology is going. Unfortunately for us fans of the clutch pedal, its days are numbered.

        That being said, the Honda CRZ with a stick is one fun little hybrid.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like how this looks, but since the performance enhancements don't include any power increase, I think the brakes and intense design is overkill for such a low HP car. I hope the standard version comes in at a decent price. I do like it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's a great looking little hatch! More wagons (er, I mean crossovers and their ilk) ought to come like this.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The lighting and the paint color don't help, but the other adjustments definitely improve the appearance of the CT200h - it looks a little more "lux" to me than the factory model, which by comparison looks like something that should wear a Toyota or even Scion badge.
      • 3 Years Ago
      If this car were food, it'd be the value pack family size Rice-a-Roni.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks better than normal at least.
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