2011 Lexus CT200h F Sport

In brief

CNET Australia had its first look at Lexus' hybrid hatchback, the CT200h, at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. For the Sydney edition, Lexus Australia had the honour of hosting the global unveiling of the more athletic F Sport version.

For the F Sport, the car retains the regular CT200h's hybrid drivetrain that is compromised of a 1.8-litre petrol engine, battery pack and electric motor. According to official testing, the CT200h will drink 4.1L/100km -- that's marginally worse than the closely related Prius' 3.9L/100km.

The CT200h can be driven in electric-only mode at speeds up to 50km/h and, unlike the Prius, there's a Sport mode that prioritises performance over parsimony. It's in this mode that will most likely show off the F Sport's different suspension set-up. On the outside, the F Sport, uhh, sports a body kit and different alloy wheels.

On the inside, the F Sport is fitted with the company's Remote Touch entertainment and navigation system. As part of the F Sport upgrade there's an altered instrument panel, sports steering wheel, aluminium pedals and scuff plates.

Outlook

The regular CT200h and the sportier F Sport version will go on sale in Australia in the first half of 2011. Pricing and specifications will be announced closer to that date.

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