Sporting version of Lexus's CT200h hybrid hatchback revealed at the Australian motor show

Lexus has unveiled this F Sport version of its CT200h hybrid hatchback at the Australian motor show in Sydney.

The F Sport package adds both performance and styling upgrades, including a front end inspired by the IS-F. Other styling changes include a new rear bumper, new alloy wheels and special F Sport badging.

See official pics of the Lexus CT200h

The interior changes include unique trim, an F Sport steering wheel, sports pedals, a new instrument panel and privacy glass.

The F Sport’s key dynamic change is the addition of Lexus’s 'body performance damper’. These lateral dampers, Lexus claims, increase torsional rigidity, suppress vibrations and boost ride comfort without adding extra weight.

Read Autocar's first drive of the Lexus CT200h

The F Sport trim level is unlikely to be offered to British buyers as a distinct trim level. However, the dynamic and styling upgrades are likely to be offered as individual options. Australian buyers will be able to order the F Sport trim level in the first half of 2011.

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The Lexus CT200h is an appealing luxury hybrid hatch that’s spoiled by misjudged chassis settings

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18 October 2010

Ho hum, another unimaginative Sport Package that assume we all want pimp tints.

How much that, like so many others, it's not possible to "de-spec" it?

Sorry folks - that was about the only interesting thing I could find to say. That and the use of the Halo model in the background.

18 October 2010

That's truly repulsive.

DKW

18 October 2010

This could address the problem that the lacklustre chassis doesn't match the not particularly beautiful but nevertheless smart appearance of the car. Test required of the damper option on British roads please.

Has Australia really only got two cultural icons, the Opera house and Ayers Rock, one of which is nothing to do with people, and the other was conceived and built by a Dane?

18 October 2010

Why don't they get it? This car needs MORE POWER, that's all!

0-62 should be around 8 sec at least!


18 October 2010

If you want a fast smallish Lexus, the IS-F does 0-60 in under 5 seconds.

18 October 2010

[quote DKW]Has Australia really only got two cultural icons, the Opera house and Ayers Rock?[/quote]Sydney Bridge, Neighbours, Mad Max, Ned Kelly, and Crocodile Dundee.

Myk

18 October 2010

[quote Los Angeles]

[quote DKW]Has Australia really only got two cultural icons, the Opera house and Ayers Rock?[/quote]Sydney Bridge, Neighbours, Mad Max, Ned Kelly, and Crocodile Dundee.

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You forgot Dame Edna, who's arguably more attractive that this misshappen lump of a car *

*now with added Halfords bodykit.

18 October 2010

[quote Squonk61]hat and the use of the Halo model in the background.[/quote] The Sydney Opera House. Handles better than the LS.

18 October 2010

[quote Myk]You forgot Dame Edna, who's arguably more attractive that this misshappen lump of a car [/quote]I hear Sir Les Patterson, Aussie Cultural Ambassador, had a hand in its design.

18 October 2010

Oh, dear. I'm not a fan of spruced-up cars, anyway, but to give the CT a sporty look without the sporty performance seems a bit short-sighted. Especially on a so-called 'premium' sports hatchback aimed at the BMW 1-Series and Audi A3.

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