Once again, Lexus has chosen the Australian market to debut a new variant of the CT 200h — this time, it’s a concept inspired by the Nürburgring racer we saw back in May — here are some photos (click for larger versions):
Changes from the standard CT 200h include:
- Quad exhaust
- Body kit and rear diffuser
- Modified suspension, rides 20mm lower
- Polished 18-inch alloys
Also mentioned in the press release is the 2.4L engine that was used in the Nürburgring racer CT (presumably the 2AZ-FXE from the HS/Camry Hybrid), and includes this quote from Lexus Australia chief executive Tony Cramb:
Lexus Australia chief executive Tony Cramb said the CT 200h Concept will be used to gauge public reaction to the visual and performance enhancements to the car.
“The Australian International Motor Show gives us the perfect opportunity to engage with potential customers and assess their reaction,” said Mr Cramb.
“There are elements of the CT 200h Concept that are currently under evaluation by Lexus for introduction into the local market.”
This would suggest Lexus is actively looking at a higher-powered CT (or at the very least, Lexus Australia is pushing for such a vehicle) — in fact, the appearance of the CT Nürburgring racer was the clearest indication that such a move was on the table. Hope it’s true, it would be a great move.
[Via: Cars Guide]