Lexus CT 200h – the strong silent type

CT interior 02

Having used a laboratory-like environment to discover how quiet and refined the CT 200h is from an external perspective, we now look at the foundation of these qualities — the detailed attention Lexus invested in the construction of the vehicle’s bodyshell.

The design of the bodyshell is critical to the overall driving experience of any car. In that respect, CT 200h is built on a rigid platform that features a strong percentage of high-tensile steel, a higher than average number of spot welds, and the application of structural adhesive technology pioneered on the flagship LS. It also includes a number of exclusively developed body, chassis and powertrain control measures.

CT interior

Sound absorbing and insulating materials are used throughout the engine bay, bulkhead, floor panel and cabin. Special separators are inserted between the inner and outer front wings to prevent road and engine noise from entering the cabin, and wheel arch liners are used on all four corners to add an extra layer of sound deadening.

CT wheel arch

Resonance between panels is minimised through the strategic placement of foam-based sound insulation in areas such as the pillars and door sills, while other cavities in the bodyshell are filled with sealant and urethane foam. Damping channels are fitted in the beltline of each door window, increasing the rigidity of the glass and enhancing its seal against noise penetration.

Further measures around the glasshouse include the fitment of an acoustic windscreen, reduced steps between the windscreen, roof panel and rain gutters, additional airflow-smoothing seals between the doors and B-pillar, and a bonnet with a trailing edge shaped to cut air turbulence over the wipers.

CT rollers

Because any high rigidity body has a tendency to transmit vibrations, the CT 200h is also the first Lexus to benefit from lateral performance dampers. With construction similar to that of a monotube suspension system, these dampers reinforce open elements of the bodyshell, such as across the front suspension towers and each side of the rear structural frame, minimising torsional flex and absorbing fine vibrations. As a result, steering feel and ride comfort is improved, and the level of white noise from the audio system has been reduced.

CT dampers

Look out for the next post in this series, when we will examine ways in which the hybrid powerplant also contributes to the outstandingly low levels of noise, vibration and harshness experienced in the Lexus CT 200h.

See also:
Lexus CT 200h – combats noise pollution
Lexus CT 200h – quietly motivational
Lexus CT 200h and the sounds of success
Lexus CT 200h: Reviews round-up


One comment

  1. I could not agree with Lexus regarding the comments about quietness of the CT200H it is a fantastic car well built and looks stunning I recently had a road test and I was well impressed so much so I decided to buy it there was no noise issues at all
    when I picked it up I heard noises which I thought was simply the bad road surface the noise got worse and when I went online there were loads of people who had the same problem some people replaced the tyres and that did solve the problem I took my car back to Lexus and it was checked out and I was told the noise was normal with it being a hybrid it was mentioned that my two front tyres were replaced after my test drive which made me suspect they were probably two different tyers from the original ones to combat the noise problem
    my car is really quiet at low speeds but as soon as I speed up the noise increases I think I will try some different tyres on the front to see if my hunch is correct the last thing I want is to change my CT200H it is such a shame that this noise is spoiling my ownership of the nicest car I have ever owned in my many years of motoring and fingers crossed things will improve

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