If Mercedes Can Do It, Lexus Should: CT F


Last year, Lexus brought out the compact luxury hybrid, CT 200h to compete with its main European rivals the BMW 1 series and Audi A3. Earlier this year Mercedes Benz unveiled their newest A Class hatchback and is now planning to do an AMG version called the A45 AMG. BMW & Audi already have their factory tuned variants: the 1 Series M and the RS3 respectively. So what if Lexus created a CT F to go toe to toe with its European competitors?

If Lexus were to hypothetically make a CT F, it should have a few key ingredients:

  • A powertrain that is capable of producing over 300 hp
  • DCT Type Transmission w/Paddle Shifters or 6 Speed Manual Transmission
  • Brembo Brakes (or something similar from Lexus)
  • Factory F tuned suspension
  • Special exterior aero
  • Special F colors

So far the best interpretation of what should be the CT F is the Project CT by Five Axis, unveiled at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show. Since Lexus is showing what the "F"...is all about (IS F & LFA), they should continue that strategy and show the European competition whats up.

Mercedes Benz C45 AMG:

What if Lexus made a hot hatch called the CT F? Would you consider one? Share your ideas with us! >>

Thomas Van Hoesen (Wed, 13 Jun 2012 12:17:58 -0700): Not if the mileage ain't there. CT300h in the SE package using the Camry Hybrid system , oh yeah. 200+hp might be enough. They could tweak a few more out of it I'm quite sure say 225-250hp....
Gary Yung (Wed, 13 Jun 2012 18:03:46 -0700): Only if it's RWD or AWD...
Ayd T Mkize (Mon, 18 Jun 2012 05:27:07 -0700): The What If question should not be entertained Lexus know very well its competing in the this segement so it should come to the party with CT F!
Steve Laird (Tue, 19 Jun 2012 17:37:01 -0700): Heck all five Axis sells isfreakin' wheels...they show off these great aero packages and don't even sell them. Besides,.Lexus needs a two seater...with about 250 h.p.-300 h.p.
Jonathan Coolidge (Tue, 19 Jun 2012 18:41:04 -0700): I'd like to see a version of the CT as a coupe, similar in form to the old Acura RSX, but with lines more akin to the final years of the Toyota Celica--more organic and less boxy. It wouldn't take much to shave down the back end to a slope, possibly shorten it a little, and then you'd get something that would be more agile and maneuverable. Then, at a $45 to $55k price point, it could hold its own visually against a loaded IS350 or entry level GS350 on the same lot.
Abdul Sattar (Wed, 27 Jun 2012 06:41:15 -0700): the new GS-450H IS MY FAVOURITE.
Rick Ko (Sun, 17 Mar 2013 16:08:45 -0700): A lot of talk and wasted time but Lexus has a lot of catch up to do as lately all they do is talk talk talk....I would concentrate on a new ISF and GSF first to compete in those segments. Mercedes and BMW come up with a new model every 6 months while Lexus talks about it for 1 year, pffffft.