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Lexus CT 200h F-Sport

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The Lexus CT 200h hybrid is now available in F-Sport grade, which means it has improved handling, new body styling and extra equipment – but it’s no sportier in terms of performance.

However there’s also no change in its economy and emissions figures.

On the outside the CT 200h F-Sport gains 17-inch dark-finish alloys, a larger rear spoiler, flared side skirts, a mesh front grille and new aero-styled bumpers front and rear. In the cabin there is an F-Sport steering wheel with a flat-bottom section and aluminium pedals and scuff plates.

Adding to the specification of the SE-L grade, the F-Sport gains cruise control, F-Sport black leather upholstery, heated front seats, electric driver’s seat adjustment, auto-dimming electrically retractable door mirrors and a rear parking camera that links to a display in the rear-view mirror.

Owners can also specify the option of an advanced HDD navigation system combined with Lexus’s Remote Touch control, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, back guide monitor and 10-speaker audio package. Front and rear parking sensors and a sunroof are also available.

Lexus has tuned the CT 200h F-Sport’s suspension for a more engaging drive, and fitted its lateral damping system as standard. Coil spring rates have been changed and the standard Showa shock absorbers replaced with Kayaba dampers that give more sports-oriented performance.

The lateral dampers, unique in the CT 200h’s class, help minimise body vibrations, leading to a more linear steering feel and rewarding driving experience, as well as greater comfort for everyone on board.

Performance from the new F-Sport matches its CT 200h sister models with a zero-road-tax 94 g/km CO2 emissions and 68.9 mpg official combined cycle fuel consumption. And, as the only full hybrid in its class, it can run for up to a mile in slow moving traffic on its electric power alone, reducing fuel use and tailpipe emissions to zero.

The new Lexus CT 200h F-Sport is available to order now, with first UK deliveries in January, and priced from £27,850.

Read our review of the Lexus CT 200h .