Nürburgring Inspired Lexus CT 200h Concept from Australia


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):

Lexus CT 200h Nürburgring Concept Front

Lexus CT 200h Nürburgring Concept Front

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]

Comments


  • http://twitter.com/_CyCo Winston Williams

    this is a very nice looking vehicle

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lasse-J-Nordvik/100001045418399 Lasse J. Nordvik

    I think a more powerful CT would be a great idea.Not that the 200h is under powered,but it´s such a sweet car to drive and it can easily handle quite a bit more power.

  • Travis

    This should be how the CT-F should look…….

  • Anonymous

    A CT 300h or CT-F would be awesome!!! 

  • Brenduro

    Love it.

  • Anonymous

    This can be for the F-Sport package. The CT 300h should have a smaller, integrated lower lip spoiler.

  • Anonymous

    They already have an F-Sport package bumper.  

    So one up from an F-Sport would be an F! :D 

  • Anonymous

    They already have an F-Sport package bumper.  

    So one up from an F-Sport would be an F! :D 

  • Miquel

    I like this car with this color !!!!

  • iQqu

    otherwise i like that but no the quad exhaust. one round, oval or triangular would be ever beter

  • http://lexusenthusiast.com krew

    That’s exactly it, this is a car that handle the increase in power — I have to think this has always been the plan for Lexus: Introduce CT with Prius drivetrain, build up the model on that, then bring in a more powerful variant in a couple years using whatever’s powering the next-generation Camry Hybrid.

  • Anonymous

    Just realized that this wouldn’t fit on a car with the current F-sport bumper!