Lexus announced today the details of the 2011 CT 200h production version. All of you folks waited the technical details, so here they are: the car is powered by a 1.8-liter 98 hp (73kW VVT-i) gas engine but also by an 80 hp (60 kW) electric motor, in order to deliver a total output of 134 hp (100kW).
With these numbers, the CT 200h can accelerate to 60 mph in just 9.8 seconds, and has a combined EPA estimated fuel economy rating of 42 mpg. As expected, the new car generates less NOx and zero particulate emissions compared to an equivalent diesel engined vehicle.
In the EV mode, the car acts like an electric car and has a total range of up to 1 mile at speeds of up to 28 mph. The 2011 CT 200h offers two distinct driving moods, Dynamic and Relaxing, as well as four driving modes: full hybrid's EV, ECO, NORMAL and SPORT.
Just like the LS 600h which uses LED headlamps for low beam, the new CT 200h uses a total of 89 LEDs: 46 are used in front, 8 used for the door mirror-mounted turn indicators and 35 in the rear.
In order to save more energy, a Digital Signal Processing-integrated (DSP), eight-channel, full range class D amplifier makes its first appearance in the CT 200h.
This unit consumes 50 percent less power than a conventional, analogue-powered amplifier and, with its weight reduced from 2.9 lbs. to 2.1 lbs., is 26 percent lighter. Regarding its aerodynamics, the car has a drag coefficient (Cd) of just 0.29, which makes it the most aerodynamically efficient car in its class.
This new premium compact full hybrid from Lexus is not a vehicle that would bore its drivers and occupants. Just like any Lexus offering, the Lexus CT 200h features a driver-centric environment, thanks to its excellent handing, dynamic performance and comfortable luxurious ride.
Likewise, the sporting enjoyment being offered by the Lexus CT 200h can be attributed to its driver-centric cockpit, which features a low driver's seat with enhanced lateral and lumbar support. It also features a sporting wide grip steering wheel as well as a driver-focused instrument binnacle wherein drivers can easily find its large triple dials.
Underpinned by a highly modified existing platform, the CT 200h boasts of an exclusively developed body, chassis and powertrain control system engineering applications – allowing the compact hybrid to offer two distinct driving moods -- Dynamic or Relaxing.
These moods complement its five driving modes -- EV, ECO, NORMAL and SPORT, 'on-demand.' Of course, just like any other Lexus premium vehicles, the Lexus CT 200h boasts of its superb handling stability, which has been achieved by giving the compact hybrid a low center of gravity and a very rigid body shell as well as by abating the yaw inertia moment with the use of an aluminum hood, bumper reinforcements and tailgate.
Moreover, stability is achieved by minimizing body vibrations, which is in turn realized by the installment of lateral performance damper system. This marks the first time that a Lexus compact featured such a system, which helps absorb vibrations and thereby provides a linear steering feel and a more comfortable ride.
Additionally, the Lexus CT 200h comes with a bespoke suspension design – a MacPherson strut front system that works together with an independent double wishbone architecture on the rear.