2011 Lexus CT 200h F Sport introduced at the 2010 Australian Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 15, 2010

Lexus introduced today at the 2010 Australian International Motor Show (AIMS) the 2011 CT 200h F Sport model, an improved version of the latest hybrid car from the manufacturer which brings a set of visual and performance enhancements. Some of the design improvements include front and rear styling, alloy wheels and F Sport badging.

These are completed by the new suspension kit which lowers the car as well as by the unique Flame Blue exterior color. Inside, the car brings an unique interior trim, a new F Sport steering wheel, a new set of aluminum sport pedals, scuff plates, instrument panel and privacy glass.

Furthermore, Lexus says that the CT 200h F Sport models will feature its unique body performance damper, designed to improve ride and handling. This technology improves torsional rigidity, suppressing vibrations and contributes to ride comfort without the penalty of significant extra weight. The key elements are the lateral dampers, deployed in the front and at the rear.

Lexus has unveiled the specifications of its latest hybrid offering, the new CT 200h full hybrid hatchback. The vehicle features the Lexus Hybrid Drive system, which brings out the best of a series hybrid (energy savings) and a parallel one (performance). The system allows drivers to choose from three different power modes – gasoline, EV or a combination of both. It also allows the CT 200h to perform impressive yet seamless acceleration and quiet operation while still offering high fuel efficiency and low emissions.

The hybrid system features a 1.8-liter VVT-i gas engine, a powerful electric motor, a generator, a high performance Ni-MH battery and a power control unit. It also includes a power split device that uses a planetary gear set to combine and re-allocate power from the engine, electric motor and generator, as needed by the vehicle’s operations. Lexus designers housed the electric motor, generator and power split device in a lightweight yet compact transmission casing. Power is transmitted to the CT 200h’s front wheels via the shift-by-wire Electronically Controlled continuously Variable Transmission (ECVT).

Together, the gasoline engine and the electric motor generate a total system power output of 134 hp (100kW) to allow the vehicle to sprint from zero to 60 mph in 9.8 seconds and achieve a max track speed of 112 mph. Despite that performance, the CT 200h does not splurge on fuel and actually features a combined EPA estimated fuel economy rating of 42 mpg. The electric motor supports the gasoline engine for better acceleration and powers the vehicle with electricity when the EV mode is chosen.

Additionally, the electric motor serves as high-output generator to effect regenerative braking during deceleration and under braking. This optimizes energy management in the system by recovering kinetic energy – which is typically lost as heat during deceleration and under braking -- as electrical energy that can be stored. When in EV mode, the new CT 200h produces zero NOx and particulate emissions. It also could travel by up to a mile at speeds of up to 28 mph on that mode.

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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