2012 Lexus CT 200h F-Sport: official details, photos and specs

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 12, 2011

For those who don’t know, the Lexus CT 200h was launched in spring 2010 and since then the car attracted younger customers to the brand, contributing significantly to company’s growth in Europe. As of March 2011, the Lexus CT 200h accounted more than 70 per cent of Lexus Hybrid Drive orders.

In order to boost the sales even further, the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show marks the debut of the new CT 200h F-Sport, a new version designed to appeal to an even wider customer base.

As expected, the new version will bring a sporty design and will come with design features such as front and rear aero bumpers, a mesh treatment for the upper and lower front grilles, new side skirts, a larger spoiler as well as a new set of 17-inch dark-finish alloy wheels and F-Sport side badges.

The interior offers a new steering wheel with perforated leather, aluminum pedals, black roof lining and F-Sport Lexus scuff plates.

A choice of F-Sport upholstery will include a mesh-pattern fabric with black side bolsters, or black leather with contrasting white perforations. Additional equipment features will be provided as standard and includes: cruise control, a lateral performance damper system and auto-dimming rear-view mirror with integral rear-view camera screen.

For those who want even more, Lexus will also offer optional features such as: full-map navigation, heated, electrically adjustable seats, LED headlights and Smart Entry and Start.

The Lexus CT 200h was particularly developed to give you the utmost riding comfort and superior handling that you have come to expect from all Lexus cars.

The Lexus CT 200h has a new platform that features several exclusively developed applications for the chassis, body and the powertrain control system. All of these give the customers two new driving modes: Relaxing and Dynamic, on top of the Normal, Eco, EV, and Sport driving modes that we already have now.

The engineers at Lexus focused on every part of the new car’s bodyshell construction. They lowered the center of gravity, made the body very rigid and also reduced NVH levels, helping them offer the two new driving modes.

There is also a new and one-of-a-kind lateral performance damper system in the Lexus CT 200h, which is the first car to see such a system. This aims to minimize vibrations for a more comfortable ride and steadier steering feel.

The new CT 200h also has a customized suspension design that combines a double wishbone and trailing arm architecture at the back with the L-arm type MacPherson strut at the front.

Rigid body

As part of the efforts to give the CT 200h outstanding handling stability, engineers have made sure that the bodyshell has utmost structural rigidity. The car’s torsional rigidity has been improved through the use of comprehensive cross-bracing, one-of-a-kind lateral stabilizers to the front engine mounts, optimized weld points, and reinforcements to the steering and suspension assemblies. All of these also helped minimize vibrations.

The use of a fully closed cross-section around the back door also helped increase torsional stiffness, as well as reinforced the rear wheel housings and the rear side member.

Press Release

LEXUS FIRES UP THE NEW CT 200H F-SPORT

New F-Sport grade for CT 200h, Lexus’s full hybrid luxury compact
Sports theme reflected in new body styling elements – larger rear spoiler, flared side skirts, mesh grille and revised aero bumpers
Dark-finish 17-inch alloy wheels and electrically retractable electrochromatic door mirrors
F-Sport steering wheel, aluminium pedals and scuff plates, cruise control, F-Sport black leather upholstery and heated front seats all fitted as standard.
Revised suspension featuring lateral front and rear damper system and sports-tuned Kayaba shock absorbers
Available to order now, price from £27,850
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.

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