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For 2012, luxury automaker Lexus will turn up the sportiness on its CT 200h hybrid hatch with the launch of the F Sport Special Edition.

This special edition hatchback comes packing all the features included in the optional F Sport package – revised body kit, 17-inch Liquid Silver alloy wheels, metal front scuff plates, perforated leather steering wheel, leather shift knob, aluminum pedals, optional perforated leather seats, metallic dash bits and a re-tuned suspension – but doesn't stop there.

Special Edition adds Ocean Blue NuLuxe trimmed seats, black F Sport floor mats with blue contrast stitching, TUMI tote and backpack with F Sport logos and Ocean Blue zippers. Offered in just three colors – Nebula Gray Pearl, Starfire Pearl and Tungsten Pearl – and you'll pay a lot extra for the Special Edition: the car starts at $37,995, plus $875 in destination fees. The decked out hybrid hatch will hit dealerships in October. In Lexus' words, special means limited, so production will be capped at 900 units. To compare, the base 2012 CT 200h starts at $29,120 (plus $875 in destination charges). Hit the jump for Lexus' Special Edition press blast.
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Lexus Introduces 2012 Special Edition Models for LS 460, ES 350 and CT 200h

• LS 460 RWD Adds to Sport Package with Navigation and Exclusive Two-Tone Interior Trim
• ES 350 Luxury Augmented by Unique Saddle Leather Interior and High-Gloss 17-Inch Wheels
• CT 200h Further Reinforces Fun To Drive Hybrid Image By Offering F Sport Performance Components and Visual Cues

TORRANCE, Calif. (Sept. 30, 2011) – Continuing to expand the brand's wider range of style and customer appeal, Lexus today announced Special Edition models for the 2012 LS 460, ES 350 and CT 200h. Well-known for indulging its customers with incomparable comfort and elegance, Lexus will offer numerous exclusive exterior and interior features for an even sportier look and feel.

"The Special Edition models will offer our customers choices to fit their luxury and sporty needs," said Mark Templin, Lexus Division group vice president and general manager. "With the unique and exclusive package offerings, the Special Edition models further demonstrate Lexus' commitment to our customers."

Lexus also announced Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices (MSRP) of $77,000 for the 2012 LS 460 Sport Special Edition, $40,475 for the 2012 ES 350 Touring Edition and $37,995 for the 2012 CT 200h F Sport Special Edition. The CT 200h Special Edition will arrive at dealerships next month and the LS and ES Special Editions will arrive in November. The MSRPs do not include a delivery, processing and handling fee of $875. Production of the Special Edition models will be limited to 250 units of the LS Sport Special Edition, 2,000 units of the ES 350 Touring Edition and 900 units of the CT 200h F Sport Special Edition.

LS 460 Sport Special Edition
The LS 460 Sport package was introduced for 2010MY and is the first of its kind for the LS and exudes sporty exterior styling with a distinctive look. Available only for the 2012 LS 460 Rear-Wheel Drive (RWD) model, the 2012 LS 460 Sport Special Edition will include all existing Sport package performance and appearance elements, and a distinctive interior package. It will be distinguished from other LS models by an Obsidian exterior and the following features:
· Two-tone black and topaz beige interior with contrast stitching on black leather trim
· Lexus HDD Navigation System
· Sport and Comfort Packages
o 19-inch, split 10-spoke forged alloy wheels with summer tires
o Brembo brakes
o Sport-tuned air suspension with Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS)
o Sport exterior trim and grille
o Sport front seats with climate control
o Leather-trimmed heated steering wheel with paddle shifters
o Headlamp washer
o Intuitive Parking Assist
o Matte Dark Brown Ash Burl wood trim
o One-touch open/close power trunk
o Power door closers
o Heated rear seats
o Rear power sunshade

ES 350 Touring Edition
The 2012 ES 350 Touring Edition, only available in two colors, Stargazer Black and Starfire Pearl, will be set apart from other ES models by the following elements:
· 17-inch 10-spoke wheels in Liquid Graphite finish with full-size spare wheel and tire
· Wood and leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob
· Heated and ventilated front seats
· Lexus HDD Navigation System
· Saddle Tan leather-trimmed seats, center console lid and door armrest
· Brown Walnut wood trim

CT 200h F Sport Special Edition
The popular CT 200h hybrid premium compact model will expand its line with a 2012 CT 200h F Sport Special Edition. Available for only the Premium model, the 2012 CT 200h F Sport Special Edition is offered in three colors, Nebula Gray Pearl, Starfire Pearl and Tungsten Pearl, and includes the following features:
· F Sport 17-inch alloy wheels with Liquid Silver finish
· F Sport suspension with anti-sway bar and springs
· Ocean Blue NuLuxe trimmed seats
· Black F Sport floor mats with blue contrast stitching
· TUMI tote and backpack both with F Sport embossed logo and Ocean Blue NuLuxe zippers and lining
· F Sport Package
o Unique front mesh grille
o Larger rear spoiler
o F Sport exterior badge
o Metal front scuff plates
o Aluminum sport pedals
o Metallic trim added to dash panel
o Perforated leather-trimmed steering wheel with F Sport logo
o Leather-trimmed shift knob
o Black headliner
· Navigation Package
· Premium Audio Package

"The LS, ES and CT Special Editions are unique packages of style and excitement. With limited units available nationwide, they'll sell out fast to customers who want an all-inclusive sport and luxury package," said Templin.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Sigh... just like the Corolla S, Toyota doesn't seem to understand special additions mean nothing if there's no grunt to back up the looks.
        • 3 Years Ago
        well it has new suspension so i would say it has extra grunt when it comes to handling.... shocks, sways, springs are all new for this.
        • 3 Years Ago
        That's interesting; I have the opposite view. I'd like my car to look bad-a... but then I don't want to have to buy the version with the 6L V8. Models with smaller motors always look cheaper.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      full spectrum fail
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        Smile Dan...
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        In all seriousness, I would not say 'full spectrum' - afterall, it would be nice for us to be able to fly around in our zero emmission hover craft powered by cold fusion generators, but, there is something to be said for progress. One can still dislike the use of gasoline, and be concerned with how the batteries are built, and what to do with them once they are old (all valid concerns) - however, progress comes in small steps sometimes. One would have to say that this is progress over, say, a Chevy Suburban or Ford Excusion. None of these cars, including the Leaf or Volt are 'the cure' - however, each is a step...one step at a time. If we do not have full blown electric cars all over the place by 2025, maybe we will have trucks that get 40mpg, and cars that get 80mpg, and 10% - 20% electrics. Compared with today, isn't that something to be pleased about? And all this coming from the token Radical Right Wing Extremist....
        Marco Polo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        @DF Full spectrum idiot!
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        Hey Dan, do you like trolling around?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just curious if this makes anyone out there concerned (talking about reeducation camps and beheadings) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGN8cKcSPuQ&feature=youtube_gdata_player
        Marco Polo
        • 3 Years Ago
        Hi Ezee, No, not a very clear link? Um.....was someone talking about reeducation camps and beheadings? I mean, I realise DF, is a obtuse troll, reeducation....maybe.., but beheading seems a little extreme?
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Marco Polo
          No - that one was not Dan - Roseanne Barr - with a very straight face, was saying that bankers should be sent off to re-education camps, and if that doesn't work, behead them. Oddly, the interiviewer agreed with her (at least, on the beheadings). Sorry the link didn't work....it had nothing to do with this article, but I was just curious about the opinion of this by other's in the world.
          Marco Polo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Marco Polo
          @Ezee, Oh, I see ...Roseanne Barr.... Know as a merchant banker, I probably should start wondering about whether lending all that money to her education foundation was such a good idea! I used to worry about the radical revolutionaries, but then I thought, what the hell, and just upped their credit card limits (and rates) so they all forgot the revolution, and took vacations!
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      All that matters is that it looks fast, right? :P
      • 3 Years Ago
      Lexus: just a highly optioned Toyota with a big price tag, the perfect car for people who have more money than sense.
        Marco Polo
        • 3 Years Ago
        Ben, what do you care what other people spend their money on? Oh, by the way, has it ever occurred to you that it's because people have more sense, they have more money? I switched from Mercedes to Lexus. Thankfully, Lexus is a division of Toyota. But although Lexus used to benefit from some Toyota components, very few Toyota components are suitable for Lexus models. Most of the Models are very different.
      Marco Polo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Another successful hybrid from the worlds most profitable automobile maker. Models like these become highly desirable on the used market and eventually become classics. Lexus build quality is second to none, and establishes hybrid technology in the least environmentally conscious market.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The 40 grand economy car? Really?
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