No petrol or diesel variant will be made of the world's first hybrid sports coupe
7 October 2009

Honda has ruled out any chance of fitting the forthcoming CR-Z with anything other than a hybrid powertrain.

The compact sports coupé, which echoes the CR-X of the 1990s, is expected to be launched with a 1.5 i-VTEC petrol unit with around 120bhp, linked to a 14bhp electric motor.

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But Honda is adamant that the CR-Z will remain a beacon for green technology and has no plans for a sister model with a conventional combustion engine, despite the car being aimed at the Mini Cooper and VW Scirocco.

“This will definitely only be a hybrid,” a source said. “The whole direction of Honda is hybrids and this car is designed all around a hybrid powertrain. The car isn’t boring; it is responsive and fun.”

The CR-Z uses a shortened Insight platform, combining Jazz and Civic parts, and is fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox.

The CR-Z is expected to cost around £18,000 when it arrives in the UK next summer

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7 October 2009

134bhp and £18k are two figures that dont go together.

a 138bhp civic costs £15,985.

7 October 2009

[quote beachland2]

a 138bhp civic costs £15,985.

[/quote]Whilst I don't necessarily disagree with you I think it is a little simplistic to try and parallel power and price. Who know? It may weigh 800 kg and go like stink. Unlikely I'll grant though

7 October 2009

[quote beachland2]

134bhp and £18k are two figures that dont go together.

a 138bhp civic costs £15,985.

[/quote]

Surely a fairer comparison would be the Hybrid Civic. 114bhp, and 18K.

You cant have the hybrid system for nothing!

7 October 2009

[quote beachland2]

134bhp and £18k are two figures that dont go together.

a 138bhp civic costs £15,985.

[/quote]

a 139 bhp Accord costs £26k, think were going to have to wait and see what sort of spec you get for your dosh Civic Hybrid costs around the £18k mark for the base model and gets a shed load of stuff as standard like heated seats 6 disc changer etc etc etc.

7 October 2009

[quote beachland2]134bhp and £18k are two figures that dont go together.[/quote]

Looking at pure BHP is always a bit misleading, and a bit like getting hung up on 0-60 times - rather pointless in the real world.

If this is typical of other hybrids, then it's the driving characteristics that will stand out, such as the impressive off the line performance (courtesy of the electric motor providing maximum torque from just over zero revs); the punchy mid-range performance and the instantaneous response to the throttle (again, courtesy of the electric motor).

7 October 2009

ok it maybe good value compared to other hybrids, but its called a sports coupe and is visually purposeful. It continues to reinforce in me that electrification systems are top premium products that can assist an already premium price model go faster, its not something for any average person to consider as a purchase. It doesnt make sense having them in small cars with small engines.

Honda would do better to build the next civic type-rr with its 200bhp 2.0 engine with a kers type system or hybrid motor giving 240bhp, and charge £25k for it. then it becomes reasonable value, and also fulfill the criteria for good sports performance. (any increase in mpg or decrease in co2 is just a bonus.)

7 October 2009

[quote beachland2]

ok it maybe good value compared to other hybrids, but its called a sports coupe and is visually purposeful. It continues to reinforce in me that electrification systems are top premium products that can assist an already premium price model go faster, its not something for any average person to consider as a purchase. It doesnt make sense having them in small cars with small engines.

Honda would do better to build the next civic type-rr with its 200bhp 2.0 engine with a kers type system or hybrid motor giving 240bhp, and charge £25k for it. then it becomes reasonable value, and also fulfill the criteria for good sports performance. (any increase in mpg or decrease in co2 is just a bonus.)

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I think you and i might agree hybrids must be a good thing if they stop people buying diesels.

I like your next type R proposal

7 October 2009

yes i would support a nationwide scrappage offer for diesel owners to get £2k discount off any petrol or petrol hybrid new car.

if we cant kill them, then we must buy them out,

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