The tale of the new 2011 Honda CR-Z Hybrid Sport will be launching in Malaysia is getting more solid now. According to our insider, the CR-Z is targeted to launch in Q2, 2011.
Fellow petrol head that in love with manual gear stick, you are in luck as Honda Malaysia will be importing the 1.5 Hybrid in Manual and maybe CVT transmission. Pricing wise, it remained as our estimation at the mark of RM120k.
Honda created Honda CR-Z with it’s passion to give its customer to experience a new kind of driving excitement and yet ecological friendly. The Honda CR-Z showcased in KLIMS ( Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show) 2010 has showed the Malaysia how Honda can achieve that with CR-Z.
Honda CR-Z is a car that looks sporty, makes people feel exciting and yet environmentally friendly. In order to plunges this criteria Honda new to apply its advanced technologies. The Honda CR-Z is styled as a 2+2 seater coupe, much a like the Volkswagen Scirocco. It looks pretty aerodynamic and carries the styling from its old brother the Honda CR-X.
Many may ask, what CR-Z stands for. As Honda define it, the CR-Z stands for “Compact Renaissance Zero”. It was an aim that represents Honda to back to square “zero” to take on a whole new idea to create a new sport compact vehicle without bothering a the usual means of coupes.
The Honda CR-Z is also the first hybrid with a 6-speed manual, it was also awarded the Japan car of the year 2010 Executive Committee. The CR-Z interior is modern yet high tech looking, the dashboard is fitted with blue lights and various Multi informational displays.
The CR-Z engine is fitted with a 1.5 liter i-VTEC engine and Honda’s original electric motor system -Integrated Motor Assistâ„¢ (IMA) . The combine power in figure is, 122 bhp at 6000 rpm and 174 Nm of torque. While it may not sound as exciting as the Honda Type-R models. The exciting and green factor comes together. Some online reports claims that the Honda CR-Z did a 0-100km/h in 8.5 seconds.
With the information we received the Honda CR-Z best figures for fuel efficiency could reach 25 km/liter on the CVT gearbox model. Inside Honda CR-Z , driver may also select various mode depending on the driving style such as “Sport” for a more “revy” feel, normal as for normal driving and “Eco” settings will tune the whole car’s RPM, combine with the intelligence in the electric motor management module to achieve the best fuel save driving style.
Enjoy the video walk through of Honda CR-Z on display at KLIMS 2010.
As our Malaysia Government act of in support of Hybrid cars. The Honda CR-Z could launch in Malaysia with a good value. Our estimation value of Honda CR-Z with the currently Malaysia Automotive Policy could by priced around RM120k.
The Honda CR-Z is a compact hybrid electric automobile marketed by Honda as a “sporty hybrid coupe”. The CR-Z combines a hybrid gasoline-electric power train with traditional sports car elements. The CR-Z is regarded as the spiritual successor to the second generation Honda CR-X in both name and exterior design. Sales of the CR-Z began in Japan in February 2010, and became Honda’s third hybrid electric car in the market, along with the Civic Hybrid and the Insight.
Essentially, we speculate on partial of the reason behind of discontinuing the Civic Type R line-up as their sport range might relate to the CR-Z. Potentially, Honda is doing it by giving way to the sporty hybrid coupe while maintaining a greener environment.
The project leader, Norio Tomobe, worked previously as chief engineer on Mobilio Spike and Elysion. The basic concept of CR-Z is said to create a fun-to-drive sports car driving characteristics Honda aspired from that of the Elise, as well as the Mini and Volkswagen Scirocco.
The CR-Z is powered by a 1.5L i-VTEC inline-4 engine with Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid-electric system mated with a six-speed manual transmission is standard equipment. The system delivers a combined peak output of 122 bhp at 6000 rpm and 174 Nm at 1000 to 1500 rpm. The gasoline motor itself contributes only 111 bhp at 6000 rpm and 144 Nm at 4800 rpm.
Back to the topic, Fifth Gear has published their own video review of the CR-Z with road tests. Check out the video on the below.