Lexus revealed the European edition of the CT 200h F-Sport at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and it appears to be yet another variant on the performance package — here’s the full photo gallery to start with:
When compared with the Australian & North American CT F-Sport packages, the European edition looks to have its own unique front bumper, but will share the side skirts & rear bumper with the Australian model — here’s a quote from the Lexus Europe press release describing the changes:
The new Lexus may be readily identified by several, more aggressive exterior design elements. These include F-Sport-exclusive front and rear aero bumpers and upper and lower mesh-type grilles. Outward flaring side skits reinforce the front to rear flow of the character line at the lower edge of the front bumper, and make the body appear lower. A larger spoiler is extended by 30mm to maximise the vehicle’s aerodynamic performance. F-Sport 17” dark alloy wheels with black ornamentation and F-Sport side badging complete the exterior treatment.
The interior is hallmarked by an F-Sport-exclusive, perforated leather steering wheel, aluminium pedals, a black roof lining, and F-Sport ‘Lexus’ scuff plates. F-Sport seat upholstery is available in a choice of ‘Abyss Blue’ , mesh pattern fabric with black side bolsters, or ‘Galaxy Black’ leather with white perforations.
Complimenting the CT 200h’s already comprehensive standard equipment specification, the F-Sport is further equipped with cruise control, a lateral performance damper system and an electro- chromatic rear view mirror with an integral rear camera screen.
Also included in the press release is this rather amazing statistic:
Priced to compete at the heart of the segment, it has brought a younger group of customers to the brand. In doing so, it has contributed considerably to Lexus’ growth in Europe; as of March 2011 making up over 70% of Lexus Hybrid Drive orders and over half of the total Lexus European order bank.
Very impressive results so far — I think it’s safe to say that the CT 200h is providing exactly what was expected of it. Can’t wait to see the effect this new F-Sport edition has on sales.