Go Back   Club Lexus Forums > Lexus Model Forums > CT 200h Model
Sign in using an external account
Register Forgot Password?

s4play's BUILD Thread for our new CT200h F-sport

Reply
 
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 05-06-12, 11:29 PM   #1
s4play
Lexus Champion
Trader Score: (2)
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: California
Posts: 2,210
Send a message via AIM to s4play
Wink s4play's BUILD Thread for our new CT200h F-sport

We have our share of performance / sports cars and gas guzzler SUV's like most American families so with my wife's longer commute these days - we decided to try a HYBRID finally. Of course we looked long and hard at the Prius thinking it was a better deal but after seeing it go for over $32k equipped the way we wanted - decided to go back to Lexus.

Anyways this weekend we picked up our car and my wife is a very happy camper. (she is not a car person and rarely gets excited about cars) We tossed around White, Fire Agate and finally settled on Silver with the F-sport package which I have to admit the dark gun-metal wheels look pretty good in contrast to the body color.

After spending a good 6-8 hours with the car on a road trip and learning the features of the car here's a few impressions I have tonight:

1) We averaged 38.2 mpg over 600+ miles of driving through the mountains which is not bad, not great either.

2) This car is an amazing handling car and was hanging with the s2000 around corners! The seats really give great lateral support and the headrest is so comfortable!

3) Premium Audio with the Empower Assist is amazing - just press a button to talk to a live person and he sends directions directly to your NAV. The guy on the other end knew exactly what car we were driving and that we just bought it which was a bit un-nerving though.....

4) The car is very well built and has no rattles so far - definitely Lexus quality

5) WTF ~ only one cigarette lighter plug!!!

6) The car seriously lacks torque and power when going uphill. I found that the only way to maintain speed is to keep the momentum going. Once you break or slow down say for slower traffic - it takes FOREVER to speed up again. Granted I did not once engage sport mode but in ECO mode it really lacks power. Flat ground once you build up speed is no problems.


I'm sure I'll have more notes later on but this is just my initial impression. First set of mods will be tint and clear bra later this week


thanks for reading!
This ad is not displayed to registered members.
Register your free account today and become a member on Club Lexus!
__________________
04 Acura GPW/Onyx NSX
05 White Audi S4
09 Honda GPW s2000
10 Suzuka Grey R8 v10
12 Lexus CT200h

Gone, but not forgotten: (gt3/m3) http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=203205
s4play is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-12, 11:32 PM   #2
s4play
Lexus Champion
Trader Score: (2)
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: California
Posts: 2,210
Send a message via AIM to s4play
Default

Oops forgot a few pictures from this beautiful weekend trip!

Click the image to open in full size.

Click the image to open in full size.
__________________
04 Acura GPW/Onyx NSX
05 White Audi S4
09 Honda GPW s2000
10 Suzuka Grey R8 v10
12 Lexus CT200h

Gone, but not forgotten: (gt3/m3) http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=203205
s4play is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-12, 08:47 AM   #3
LexusNN
Lexus Test Driver
Trader Score: (3)
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Virginia
Posts: 1,374
David G Spooky Pantz spookypantz
Default

Congrats on your purchase!! Sounds like youre gonna love this car. I like the painters tape protection before the clear bra!
__________________
LexusNN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-12, 09:19 AM   #4
jimmyc13
Pole Position
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: MA
Posts: 336
Default

Were you trying to turn heads with all that tape? You must have been pretty heavy on the gas if that's the mileage you got.

I noticed you said it handled really well on corners and you mention you didn't use Sport mode once. You should try the car in Sport mode on corners, it changes the suspension and tightens up a lot, give it a shot!
jimmyc13 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-12, 09:24 AM   #5
s4play
Lexus Champion
Trader Score: (2)
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: California
Posts: 2,210
Send a message via AIM to s4play
Default

^Jimmy: We were driving through the Shasta mountains which has some pretty steep grades (6% or higher) so going uphill and downhill took a toll on the gas mileage I'm sure.

We did not even try the Sport mode at all so this is something I will try for sure later on

The tape was mainly to protect the car from rock chips and bugs until we can get it wrapped in clear bra - works great and cheap protection in the meantime.
__________________
04 Acura GPW/Onyx NSX
05 White Audi S4
09 Honda GPW s2000
10 Suzuka Grey R8 v10
12 Lexus CT200h

Gone, but not forgotten: (gt3/m3) http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=203205
s4play is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-12, 05:35 AM   #6
Matt_RN
Banned for Life
Trader Score: (3)
 
Matt_RN's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: CA
Posts: 617
matt.tom matt_tom matttom Matt_Tom_RN Matt_Tom_RN Matt_RN
Send a message via AIM to Matt_RN
Default

Yeah. Your MPG is pretty average here in SoCal. I'm getting about the same when it was unmodded.

I use Blue Tape too to protect from rock chips. Good times.

Congrats and welcome to the Lexus family!
__________________
Matt
------------------------------------------------------
2011 Lexus CT 200h - Starfire Pearl, premium trim
2010 Lexus RX450h AWD - Obsidian


Matt_RN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-12, 10:38 AM   #7
fasthuh
Pole Position
Trader Score: (0)
 
fasthuh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: California
Posts: 399
Send a message via Yahoo to fasthuh
Default

Nice, your MPG will improve after your 1st oil change. We use to average 38-39 now we are at 40-42, primarily freeway driving.
__________________
| Fire Agate CT200h | Obsidian GS350 | and then some...
| Flint Mica RX330 | Nav | Black Int | All Stock | SOLD
| Spectra GS300 | Apexi World Sport | '01 Tails | TRD Grill | HID | Nak | SOLD
fasthuh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-12, 08:52 AM   #8
s4play
Lexus Champion
Trader Score: (2)
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: California
Posts: 2,210
Send a message via AIM to s4play
Default

Well after about 2 weeks of ownership, my wife seems pretty good at averaging about 44mpg on her commute trips. (she has a very light foot I guess) haha

The first two things down this past weekend was:

a) 35/20% Suntec Window tint film including a 6" brow
b) Clear Bra for the entire front end

With those necessities out of the way, I plan to open up the interior later this month to do the Beat Sonic NAVI/DVD bypass since the lock-out function is driving me nuts!

But in the meantime, I moved some of my old IS-F parts over to the CT which fits perfectly. Added my Aristo shift **** and hard-wired the V1 radar detector with the custom mount.

Click the image to open in full size.
__________________
04 Acura GPW/Onyx NSX
05 White Audi S4
09 Honda GPW s2000
10 Suzuka Grey R8 v10
12 Lexus CT200h

Gone, but not forgotten: (gt3/m3) http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=203205
s4play is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-12, 02:37 PM   #9
Matt_RN
Banned for Life
Trader Score: (3)
 
Matt_RN's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: CA
Posts: 617
matt.tom matt_tom matttom Matt_Tom_RN Matt_Tom_RN Matt_RN
Send a message via AIM to Matt_RN
Default

Swaggggggg
Matt_RN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-12, 09:13 PM   #10
jfh
Driver School Candidate
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: CO
Posts: 13
Default

OK - why painter's tape instead of a more conventional car bra?
jfh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-12, 10:09 PM   #11
Silver10
Lexus Test Driver
Trader Score: (0)
 
Silver10's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: 954/718
Posts: 1,330
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jfh View Post
OK - why painter's tape instead of a more conventional car bra?
Nobody does car bras anymore they actually do more damage then good hence the clear bra but it is expensive verses a $5 roll of painters tape
Silver10 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-12, 06:45 PM   #12
Tuan85
Driver School Candidate
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: ca
Posts: 12
Default

im excited to see your build with this car!
Tuan85 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-21-12, 10:07 AM   #13
s4play
Lexus Champion
Trader Score: (2)
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: California
Posts: 2,210
Send a message via AIM to s4play
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jfh View Post
OK - why painter's tape instead of a more conventional car bra?
LOL, guys, the blue tape was only a temporary solution so avoid any chips because we have to make an appt. with the clear bra guy!!!! You really thought that was how we were going to drive the car?

We always wrap our cars with 3M clear bra film to protect the paint. Anyways the car is now wrapped and it's invisible for the most part on silver cars. Even had the headlights and fog lights protected. Makes washing the car so much easier No negatives from my view.


Quote:
Originally Posted by Tuan85 View Post
im excited to see your build with this car!
Yes I actually have a lot more plans but have to keep it conservative since this is my wife's car. I modded my IS-F a bit too much and thus she refused to drive it in fear of damaging the car so this one will have to take it easy.....

I did add a custom made home-made front lip and we'll be doing some small changes while I hunt for a lightweight set of Volks to help the mpg. I'm sure those stock wheels are super heavy!
__________________
04 Acura GPW/Onyx NSX
05 White Audi S4
09 Honda GPW s2000
10 Suzuka Grey R8 v10
12 Lexus CT200h

Gone, but not forgotten: (gt3/m3) http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=203205
s4play is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-12, 11:19 PM   #14
JDMwhitect
Driver School Candidate
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: CA
Posts: 17
Default

Hi S4play
where did you go 3M clear bar in CA? i'm located in Alameda CA. Let me know. thanks
JDMwhitect is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-12, 02:21 PM   #15
s4play
Lexus Champion
Trader Score: (2)
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: California
Posts: 2,210
Send a message via AIM to s4play
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by JDMwhitect View Post
Hi S4play
where did you go 3M clear bar in CA? i'm located in Alameda CA. Let me know. thanks
Shot you a PM - I'm in Fremont


Over the Memorial day weekend I found a few free hours and decided to install our OptiksHID kit for the car. Decided on 6000k lights and the end result is amazing.

I can't believe how bad the stock lights were until we added this kit, my wife can finally see clearly at night!

I have some larger mods planned in the works but trying to take care of the necessities first

Click the image to open in full size.
__________________
04 Acura GPW/Onyx NSX
05 White Audi S4
09 Honda GPW s2000
10 Suzuka Grey R8 v10
12 Lexus CT200h

Gone, but not forgotten: (gt3/m3) http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=203205

Last edited by s4play; 05-31-12 at 07:00 AM..
s4play is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-12, 02:21 PM
 
 
 
 
Reply

Tags
build, bumper, carbon, ct, ct200h, exhaust, fiber, future, isf, lexus, mods, optikshid, put, s4play, sport, thread, threads, top

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
IS350 Test Drives - Impressions and Questions Spagolli94 IS - Third Generation 43 08-30-14 09:04 AM
First Drive: 2014 BMW X5 Hoovey2411 Car Chat 63 08-19-14 01:23 PM
First Drive: 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Hoovey2411 Car Chat 4 11-12-12 08:39 PM
My First, Lexus experience. Ahmedabad ES350 and ES300h (2013+) 24 10-11-12 01:31 PM
2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe Hoovey2411 Car Chat 5 08-10-12 06:15 AM

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 07:41 AM.

Join ClubLexus
Advertising


Copyright © 2000-2008 Internet Brands, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Privacy Policy | Disclaimer | Terms of Use | JOBS


Get all contact info