Leaked Japanese brochure reveals tech details on Honda's new hybrid sports car
10 December 2009

The production version of Honda’s new CR-Z hybrid sports car has been revealed after its Japanese brochure leaked onto the internet.

Visual changes from the concept appear to be minimal – only different front and rear lights and alloy wheels, as well as minor modifications to its front feature. LED front and rear lights will make production.

See the Honda CR-Z leaked brochure pics

Details have been scarce so far on its tech features, but the leaked brochure confirms that the production Honda CR-Z will be powered by the 1.5-litre i-VTEC four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed manual gearbox seen in the concept. It produces, according to the brochure, 113bhp at 6000rpm and 107lb ft at 4800rpm.

Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist electric motor adds a further 13bhp at 1500rpm and 58lb ft at 1000rpm. The brochure also claims the CR-Z will get from 0-62mph in 9.7sec.

The interior will glow three different colours depending on which mode is selected: Econ, Normal or Sport.

Dimensions have also been revealed in the brochure. The Honda CR-Z will have a 2435mm wheelbase, a length of 4080mm, a width of 1740mm and a height of 1395mm.

The production car will be launched at next month’s Detroit motor show before sales start in April with a price tag of around £18,000.

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10 December 2009

Very Nice Honda, but the US Spec Accent will have more power and fuel economy with a better interior. Also, like newer Hondas I expect the interior to be uber cheap, like 5 years ago Hyundai cheap.

10 December 2009

hmmm, nothing appealing...

I suppose to save it they could turbocharge it. Then it might become interesting for UK customers. It would make some sense then.

10 December 2009

For the UK, the crucial thing will be whether or not the CR-Z scrapes below 120 g/km CO2. If it does, I thing it will be hugely successful. There must be a big demand for a sporty looking car that's also seen to be "green", and currently there is no coupe which mets this brief. I'd be interested to know if this is based on an existing Honda platform, or a brand new one, what kind of suspension it has and also how heavy it is. Then again, most car brochures don't contain hard facts, just lifestyle imagery...

10 December 2009

I am sure it will be below 120g/km. I understand the platform is related to the current Insight, which is also related to the Jazz, but we dont know if ir has the same poor rear suspension. So yes, what suspension, and how much it weighs are very important to. Does anyone read japanese? it may be in that brochure.

Honda have in the past been pesamistic about 0-60 times. i hope this is. I was expecting it to be a fair bit quicker than this. Its good to see a glass roof, and leather seats appear to be options too.

I did think £18,000 was a bit steep too, but then if an eco focus is now £20,000 perhaps its not. I just havent got used to the much higher prices everything imported is going to cost now brown has wiped 25% off the value of sterling.

10 December 2009

Am i the only one that thinks it looks like its gurning?

Not hugely impressed


10 December 2009

[quote beachland2]

hmmm, nothing appealing...

I suppose to save it they could turbocharge it. Then it might become interesting for UK customers. It would make some sense then

[/quote] Wow - the first time I've ever been prompted to reply with an insult; 'blithering idiot' This car makes the Euro OEM's suddenly look very out-of-touch; it costs a couple of grand less than a Focus Econetic....unbeliveable

10 December 2009

[quote michael knight] Wow - the first time I've ever been prompted to reply with an insult; 'blithering idiot' This car makes the Euro OEM's suddenly look very out-of-touch; it costs a couple of grand less than a Focus Econetic....unbeliveable[/quote]

You should be careful of your blithering, a toyota 5dr aygo is £10k cheaper. 106kgm and 62mpg.

Or for sportiness there is a suzuki sport/ renault twingo RS for same power but a second quicker to 60mph, and about £7k cheaper.

CRZ is: length of 4080mm, a width of 1740mm and a height of 1395mm.

Focus is: length of 4337mm, a width of 2019mm and a height of 1500mm. 1357kgs

Very different cars!

10 December 2009

It seems to be a Honda Insight with a different body which is a shame as a more sporty hybrid in terms of performace would of been a great idea . Either fit a more powerful electric motor or give more power to the petrol engine as Toyota have done with the Pirus III. A sport and effcient car would really boost the image of Hybrids. But the CR-Z does look nice and hope it does well.

10 December 2009

Looks absolutely fab! glad there are minimal changes from the concept... I hope in time that they will put something a bit pokier under the bonnet, but I really hope this car is a success and I see no reason that it should not be! Glad to see Honda bringing back the spirit of the original CRX, hope it drives with the same verve and precision of past models...

10 December 2009

The only other things I can pick out of the brochure blurb is: 3D speedometer; "tuned suspension"; front sensors (centre and corner); rear sensors (corner). I guess the sensors are for proximity of objects/cars or parking view...? The CR-Z has been around in Japan for a few years, but until now has been a four-door kind of a squashed minvan-cum-hatchback. Always thought it looked quite good. The new hybrid two-door looks better. Shame about the actual speed of the thing...but maybe as it looks quite fast, that will suffice! Surprised it is a manual transmission for the Japanese market.

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