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Lexus gives us three Special Editions for the LS, ES, and CT models

More sport and luxury for the Lexus lineup.

Lexus has been known for their luxurious, reliable models since the brand came to the United States in 1989. One aspect that has been missing in their lineup is sport. With the introduction of the LFA and the F Sport performance line, the brand is injecting athleticism into the brand. To expand their exclusive offerings to customers, Lexus has introduced three new limited-production special editions for the 2012 model-year: the LS 560 Sport Special Edition; ES 350 Touring Edition; and CT 200h F Sport Special Edition.

“The Special Edition models will offer our customers choices to fit their luxury and sporty needs. With the unique and exclusive package offerings, the Special Edition models further demonstrate Lexus’ commitment to our customers,” said Mark Templin, Lexus Division Group Vice President and General Manager. “The LS, ES and CT Special Editions are unique packages of style and excitement. With limited units available nationwide, they’ll sell out fast to customers who want an all-inclusive sport and luxury package.”

The new LS 460 Sport Special Edition builds on the sport package that was available in the 2010 MY for the flagship sedan. The unique package is only available on the rear-wheel drive model and features interior, exterior, and performance upgrades. Inside, the LS 460 gains a two-tone black and topaz beige leather combo with contrasting stitching on the black leather, Lexus HDD navigation, and the comfort package. The exterior is available only in special Obsidian paint and wears a sport exterior trim and grille set. In terms of performance, the LS 460 gains 19-inch, split ten-spoke forged alloy wheels with summer tires, Brembo brakes, a sport tuned suspension, and Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS).

Often thought of as one of the uninspiring models in the Lexus line, the ES 350 Touring Edition adds a bit of excitement into the model range. The sedan will only be available in Stargazer Black or Starfire Pearl exterior colors, and come standard with 17-inch, ten spoke wheels (inc. full-size spare) in Liquid Graphite finish. The interior will play host to a number of luxury features such as a wood and leather trimmed steering wheel and shift knob, heated and ventilated front seats, Brown Walnut trim, and Saddle-tan leather trimmed seats, console, and arm rests. Navigation is provided by the latest Lexus HDD system.

The sportiest of the group is the CT 200h F Sport Special Edition. The upgrade will only be available to Premium models in Nebula Gray Pearl, Starfire Pearl, or Tungsteg Pearl exterior paint colors. An F Sport suspension system with new springs and anti-sway bars along with new F Sport 17-inch Liquid Silver alloy wheels provide additional performance. The interior features Ocean Blue NuLuxe trimmed seating, Black F Sport floor mats with blue stitching, and special TUMI tote and back pack with Ocean Blue NuLuxe zippers and lining. The CT 200h Special Edition will also come standard with the F Sport package which includes aerodynamic bodywork, and sporty interior accessories and trim. The Lexus Navigation Package and Premium Audio Package provide the finishing touches.

The new 2012 Lexus LS 460 Sport Special Edition will be priced at $77,000 and be limited to just 250 units starting in November. Lexus will produce 2,000 examples of the 2012 ES 350 Touring Edition for $40, 475, with the first models arriving at dealerships in November. The 2012 CT200h F Sport Special Edition is currently available for $37,995. Only 900 units of the CT 200h will be made available. Each special edition model comes with an $875 handling, processing, and delivery fee that is not reflected in the MSRP.

Lexus LS 460, ES 350, and CT 200h Special Edition Specifications

2012 Lexus LS 460 Sport Special Edition:
-Two-tone black and topaz beige interior with contrast stitching on black leather trim
-Lexus HDD Navigation System
-Sport and Comfort Packages
-19-inch, split 10-spoke forged alloy wheels with summer tires
-Brembo brakes
-Sport-tuned air suspension with Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS)
-Sport exterior trim and grille
-Sport front seats with climate control
-Leather-trimmed heated steering wheel with paddle shifters
-Headlamp washer
-Intuitive Parking Assist
-Matte Dark Brown Ash Burl wood trim
-One-touch open/close power trunk
-Power door closers
-Heated rear seats
-Rear power sunshade

2012 Lexus ES 350 Touring Edition:
-17-inch 10-spoke wheels in Liquid Graphite finish with full-size spare wheel and tire
-Wood and leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob
-Heated and ventilated front seats
-Lexus HDD Navigation System
-Saddle Tan leather-trimmed seats, center console lid and door armrest
-Brown Walnut wood trim

2012 Lexus CT 200h F Sport Special Edition:
-F Sport 17-inch alloy wheels with Liquid Silver finish
-F Sport suspension with anti-sway bar and springs
-Ocean Blue NuLuxe trimmed seats
-Black F Sport floor mats with blue contrast stitching
-TUMI tote and backpack both with F Sport embossed logo and Ocean Blue NuLuxe zippers and lining
-F Sport Package
-Unique front mesh grille
-Larger rear spoiler
-F Sport exterior badge
-Metal front scuff plates
-Aluminum sport pedals
-Metallic trim added to dash panel
-Perforated leather-trimmed steering wheel with F Sport logo
-Leather-trimmed shift knob
-Black headliner
-Navigation Package
-Premium Audio Package

Lexus LS 460, ES 350, and CT 200h Special Edition Gallery

[Source: Lexus]

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