The hatchback... after the female body, this must be the most loved shapes in Europe, a key market for the CT 200h. This means that the newcomer is stepping on a design saturated land. As we are talking about the brand with the big L, the engineers were quickly defeated by the designers. Thus, the Prius’ 0.25 drag coefficient was ditched, in a favor of a smarter design. The result? A four-wheeled creation looking like a female robot with a Cd of 0.28, which is still a respectable value.
So, if it’s a robot, then it must also be smart, right? Yes, it is, as its lighting department includes a hefty amount of LEDs, starting with the daylight running ones, which dominate the frontal area, going through the side signals integrated in the mirrors and ending with the taillights, which will unfortunately be seen on pretty rare occasions, as the vehicle’s straight line performance is its Achilles’ heel.
A blind man would probably recognize the vehicle’s frontal area as being a Lexus by just touching it and, fortunately, having a pair of functional eyes doesn’t ruin everything as the company hasn’t gone too far with the “family face” concept.
The 17-inch alloy wheels of the tested vehicle force you to take a quick and good look at them, as they offer the impression of a high dynamic potential, threatening to help the car exit your “clear focus” visual range in a matter of seconds.
If you do happen to be behind a CT 200h, you’ll definitely notice this, as the vehicle uses a discrete approach rather than a discreet one when it comes to this area. No, not everybody will applaud the car’s rear styling cues, but it does manage to make it stand out in the crowd.
Probably in an effort to show speed fans that a spoiler doesn’t necessarily mean “I get more downforce so it’s safe to floor it”, the vehicle ends with such an element, which is actually aimed at reducing drag.Continue reading
Hold on, Sir May B. Bach would like to say something...
I’m glad I met the CT 200h, as it’s convinced me to bring further funding to my time machine project. Once my engineers complete it, i’ll find that Atkinson bloke? and... ahem... convince him to... ahem... get a life. Don’t worry, the cycle for the rotary engine can still be invented, but the rest has to be obliterated.
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