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.
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