Lexus CT 200h F-Sport details revealedSuspension and styling tweaks for sporty hybrid

22 October 2011

Lexus CT 200h F-Sport

Sportier looks than the standard CT 200h

Lexus has announced the details of the CT 200h F-Sport – a new sporty specification for its premium compact hybrid.

The Lexus CT 200h F-Sport gets sharper looks, extra equipment and retuned suspension.

However, there have been no changes made to the drivetrain of the standard CT 200h.

Lexus CT 200h F-Sport details

The Lexus CT 200h is the first hybrid to enter the premium compact sector, taking on the likes of the Audi A3 and the BMW 1 Series.

Lexus CT 200h F-Sport

Lexus has made changes to the suspension but not the drivetrain

This new F-Sport version slots into the range between the mid-spec SE-L and range-topping SE-L Premier. As befits such a nameplate, it features a sporty bodykit – including flared side skirts, rear spoiler, mesh grille and new aero bumpers, plus 17-inch alloy wheels in a menacing dark finish.

On the inside there's a flat-bottomed F-Sport steering wheel, aluminium pedal surfaces and scuff plates, and black leather upholstery. Compared to the SE-L, extra fitted kit comprises cruise control, rear parking camera, electric driver’s seat and electric folding mirrors.

Further options are available, including a satellite navigation system with the unusual Remote Touch interface (a little bit like a computer mouse) and a 10-speaker stereo system, plus front and rear parking sensors and a sunroof.

Revised suspension and lateral damping 

Lexus CT 200h F-Sport interior

The sporty upgrades continue inside the Lexus CT 200h F-Sport

There are no engine enhancements for the F-Sport, but Lexus has revised the suspension.

This includes fitting new dampers and springs, while the CT 200h’s innovative lateral damping system also comes as standard. This provides additional chassis stiffness – good for handling – while reducing the vibrations associated with fixed strut braces. In theory that means the car can be both sharp and smooth.

Since there are no engine performance upgrades, the F-Sport is powered by the same 1.8-litre petrol and electric motor combination as other CT 200h models – similar in turn to that underpinning the Toyota Prius. They drive the front wheels via a CVT automatic gearbox.

This means it reaches 62mph in 10.3 seconds and has a top speed of 112mph.

However, it also returns a claimed 68.9mpg with impressively low 94g/km CO2 emissions – so you will pay zero car tax and be exempt from the London congestion charge. It can also travel for up to a mile on electric power alone (depending on speed and conditions).

Priced from £27,850 and arriving in January

The Lexus CT 200h F-Sport is available to order now, with first deliveries scheduled for January.

Prices start at £27,850 – making it £2,650 more expensive than the SE-L model and £2,785 cheaper than the SE-L Premier.

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