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TRD develops enhancement kit for new Lexus CT 200h

August 31, 2017

The Lexus CT 200h was the last model in the showroom to receive the company’s spindle grille design layout, and now it seems Japan is giving the recently-facelifted model some extra flair by introducing a sporty TRD kit.

Toyota Racing Development parts are pretty rare in Australia, but overseas, particular in the US and Japan, TRD is quite a well-known brand for customising options. For the CT 200h TRD has given the hybrid hatch a complete cosmetic makeover, with enhancements at every corner.

At the front the kit includes some new tinted chrome trimming around the grille, matching tinted headlights for that sinister look, and a chin spoiler extending from the sharp front bumper bar. The fog light clusters are also revised.

Further along you’ll notice some matching side skirts in black, a set of 18-inch multi-spoke wheels also in a darkened colour, finishing off at the rear with a chunky diffuser supporting an ambitious-but-sporty quad-outlet exhaust setup. The taillights also feature some discreet black skirting along the top edge.

As for mechanical enhancements, there aren’t any for the 1.8-litre naturally aspirated hybrid engine. It continues to produce 100kW, offering a 0-100km/h time of around 10.5 seconds. TRD has developed some light chassis tweaks though, with added cross member bracing and suspension parts available.

We still think the CT 200h is a great-looking hatch and it certainly has potential to be transformed into a hot hatch. If only Lexus offered it with a 2.0-litre turbo option.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.