2012 Lexus CT 200h F-Sport introduced in the UK

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 20, 2011

The new Lexus CT 200h F-Sport features a CT 200h hybrid premium, which has had its styling and handling improved. The tweaked suspension represents the key change on the Lexus CT 200h F-Sport. The coil spring rates were switched and the standard Showa shock absorbers have been replaced with Kayaba dampers to offer “more sports-oriented performance.”

Body vibrations are minimized by the lateral dampers, which result to a more linear steering feel and better comfort. External modifications were done on the Lexus CT 200h F-Sport, including 17-inch alloys, a bigger rear spoiler, flared side skirts, a mesh front grille and revised bumpers.

A flat-bottomed steering wheel, aluminum pedals and scuff plates were added to the cabin. The F-Sport is based on the CT 200h SE-L trim level but it has gotten cruise control, black leather upholstery, heated front seats, electric driver’s seat adjustment, auto-dimming, electrically retractable door mirrors and a rear parking camera.

The options that were added include an HDD navigation system integrated with Lexus’s Remote Touch control, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, back guide monitor and 10-speaker audio package. It is also offered with front and rear parking sensors and a sunroof. Similar to other models in the CT200h range, the F-Sport version has a transverse-mounted 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that delivers a peak 98bhp.

Positioned next to this is a ‘hybrid transaxle’ transmission that distributes power to the front wheels, including an 81bhp, 153lb ft, AC synchronous electric motor. The new Lexus CT 200h F-Sport is available to order now, with first UK deliveries in January. On-the-road prices are from £27,850.

Lexus CT 200h full hybrid 5-door hatchback marks the entry of the brand to the premium compact segment, in line with its strategy to attract new and younger customers by showing off the distinctive blend of quality, luxury and cutting edge technology found in their vehicles.

Engineered and styled for the European market in particular, the new Lexus CT 200h is tailored to conform to what young, discriminating and environmentally aware customers look for, in terms of its dimensions, equipment, features, hybrid technology implementation and extremely low emissions. At the same time, it delivers the luxurious sophistication and driving pleasure expected from the Lexus label in spades.

All-new CT 200h can be seen as a silent ground-breaker in the way it brings together five main Lexus traits that ensure unmatched premium compact driving pleasure: (1) Lexus Hybrid Drive and its tailored Energy Management System; (2) the classy but sporty interpretation of the Lexus L-finesse design language; (3) the unmatched and meticulously refined Lexus production quality; (4) a unique driving character; and (5) the reputable customer service central to the experience of owning a Lexus.

The development of the Lexus Hybrid Drive system implemented in the CT 200h complied with extremely strict and unique standards, including at least 500 items, each of which detailed specific means to enhance all dynamic and environmental performance aspects of the system to supreme levels.

Press Release

LEXUS FIRES UP THE NEW CT 200H F-SPORT

Lexus has added some extra visual muscle, introduced more top-flight equipment features and sharpened up the handling of its CT 200h full hybrid premium compact model to create the CT 200h F-Sport.

While the new model’s looks are bolder and more attention grabbing, there is no penalty to pay in the combined low emissions, fuel efficiency and low cost of ownership performance that make CT 200h an unmatched proposition in one of the car market’s most competitive segments.

On the outside the CT 200h F-Sport makes its presence known with 17-inch dark-finish alloys, a larger rear spoiler, flared side skirts, a mesh front grille and new aero-styled bumpers front and rear. In the cabin the distinguishing features include an F-Sport steering wheel with a flat bottom section and aluminium pedals and scuff plates.

Adding to the specification of the SE-L grade, the F-Sport gains cruise control, F-Sport black leather upholstery, heated front seats, electric driver’s seat adjustment, auto-dimming (electrochromatic) electrically retractable door mirrors and a rear parking camera that links to a display in the rear-view mirror. And if that isn’t enough, owners can ramp up the specification with the option of an advanced HDD navigation system combined with Lexus’s Remote Touch control, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, back guide monitor and 10-speaker audio package. Front and rear parking sensors and a sunroof are also available.

Lexus has tuned the CT 200h F-Sport’s suspension for a more engaging drive, and fitted its lateral damping system as standard. Coil spring rates have been changed and the standard Showa shock absorbers replaced with Kayaba dampers that give more sports-oriented performance.

The lateral dampers, unique in the CT 200h’s class, help minimise body vibrations, leading to a more linear steering feel and rewarding driving experience, as well as greater comfort for everyone on board.

Headline performance from the new F-Sport matches its CT 200h sister models with a zero-road-tax 94g/km CO2 emissions and 68.9mpg official combined cycle fuel consumption. And, as the only full hybrid in its class, it can run for up to a mile in slow moving traffic on its electric power alone, reducing fuel use and tailpipe emissions to zero.

The new Lexus CT 200h F-Sport is available to order now, with first UK deliveries in January. On-the-road prices are from £27,850.

Topics: lexus, lexus ct, f-sport, uk

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