US spec model revealed in Detroit; Euro model set for Geneva and on sale in the summer
Mark Tisshaw
11 January 2010

These are the first official pictures of Honda’s hybrid CR-Z coupé, which is set to reach UK showrooms in the summer.

Honda will reveal a European version at the Geneva motor show in March, but revealed this US-spec CR-Z at yesterday’s Detroit motor show.

Official Honda CR-Z pics

The 2+2 coupé’s styling has been toned down from the concepts seen at last year’s Tokyo and Los Angeles shows, with some of the sharper lines being ironed out.

Honda is billing the CR-Z as the world’s first hybrid sports car, and its power comes from Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system, borrowed from the Insight. However, the CR-Z gets a larger, 1.5-litre engine with 102bhp and a 20bhp electric motor. Combined outputs are 122bhp and 128lb ft of torque; maximum torque arrives at just 1500rpm.

Power is sent to the front wheels through a six-speed manual ’box, the first time a manual has appeared in a series hybrid. The CR-Z emits 117g/km of CO2, and returns 56.4mpg.

Drivers can choose from three driving modes — to maximise fun, economy or a combination of both — and these alter the throttle response, steering, idle stop timing, climate control and the IMA’s assistance.

The CR-Z sits on a shortened version of the Insight’s platform, but the track has been widened and its wheelbase has shrunk by 115mm. It’s also 295mm shorter than the five-door and, at 1196kg, it weighs 44kg less. The suspension features new spring and damper settings to improve the car’s ride and handling, which have been criticised on the Insight.

The CR-Z is set to be priced from around £18,000, and a hot Mugen version is likely to follow next year.

 

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11 January 2010

I din't know why but the more i look at this car the more I've changed my mind and don't like it

11 January 2010

needs to be 999kgs, and a 2 seater in order to achieve it. Mugen must work hard.

11 January 2010

At only 56MPG claimed, and only luke warm performance, I'm starting to be a bit underwhelmed by what started off as in interesting exercise. I fear it's going to do more to reinforce the stereotypes around hybrids rather than dispel them. That said, I guess compared to the entry level petrol and diesel Sciroccos it's in the same ball park.

11 January 2010

As a former Honda fan, and multi time CRX owner, I had high hopes for this car, but I am disappointed. VAG are achieving far better mpg and co figures using nothing more complex than a 1.6 TDi engine. I am coming to the conclusion that hybrids are a dead end, just as electric cars will prove to be.

11 January 2010

I knew the Honda CRX.

I went to work in a Honda CRX.

The Honda CRX was a friend of mine.

The CRZ ain't no CRX

(with thanks to Lloyd Bentsen)

11 January 2010

[quote frenchconnection]I din't know why but the more i look at this car the more I've changed my mind and don't like it [/quote]

The opposite for me... it looks sensational.

The only thing is the lack of power. I'm a great fan of the original CRX VTI (aways wanted one but never did) and the 160bhp motor was part of the appeal. The electric motor should give it a bit of a shove though.

11 January 2010

Agree with most of the replies here. The original concept was spectacular, became less interested when Hybrid drive was confirmed, no the production version is a pale husk of a former great.

This should've carried on the insight name, Honda has just neutered one of the few exciting cars they could lay claim to. Best they get the scrapped NSX project back online to redeem themselves.

11 January 2010

Agree with most of the replies here. The original concept was spectacular, became less interested when Hybrid drive was confirmed, now the production version is a pale husk of a former great.

This should've carried on the insight name, Honda has just neutered one of the few exciting cars they could lay claim to. Best they get the scrapped NSX project back online to redeem themselves.

11 January 2010

when i first heard about this i though, what an excellent idea, and i liked the pictures, and the show car. As others have said it just keeps getting watered down. Actually i am most disapointed that it appears to retain the dead beam axel of the insight over the wishbones it should have had. A car doesnt need to be fast to be fun (although it always helps) but it must handle well. Renault have proved a car can handle well with a tortion beam, but i am not convinced Honda have yet.

As with all cars the real test will be to see it in the Metal in the UK, in decent colour, sit in it, and take a drive, but so far i am underwelmed. Just like a school report, i say to Honda ' You must try harder'

11 January 2010

Whilst the emissions and economy seem pretty good for a Coupe, they are far from great for a hybrid, particularly considering the engine only has about 125 bhp in total. They'd have been better with one of their diesel engines (considering they were always great) but then Honda have said they're never going to do diesel again, which I feel is a mistake. It's all looking like a bit too much of a 3-door Insight to me, particularly the similar interior. Hopefully it will drive well and be priced attractively, because it has the potential to be a big seller.

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