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New 1.6-litre turbo engine could boost Honda's coupe to 200bhp in petrol-only Type R form

Honda is set to provide its CR-Z with an all-new, turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine option as part of plans to broaden the compact coupé’s appeal in key world markets, including the UK.

Currently available with just the one engine option — a hybrid that mates a 112bhp 1.5-litre petrol engine with a 14bhp electric motor — the CR-Z is earmarked to receive an all-new turbocharged 1.6-litre powerplant that is currently undergoing development at Honda’s Tochigi R&D centre.

The new engine, which is also planned for the Jazz, Civic and Accord, forms an integral part of a downsizing program instigated at Honda. With forced induction and Honda’s patented VTEC-i fully variable camshaft timing system, it is aimed at providing the performance of a typical 2.0-litre engine from a capacity of just 1.6 litres.

Autocar sources in Japan say the new engine is likely to come in two guises: a standard 160bhp model and a highly tuned 200bhp version aimed at matching the now defunct 2.0-litre VTEC engine in the Civic Type R. This more potent spec is likely to form the basis of a CR-Z Type R, tentatively due out late next year.

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Plans for more than a hybrid engine for the Japanese Car of the Year come as sales of the two-door coupé have started to sag in the firm’s all-important home market.

Honda first hinted that it was planning to add another petrol engine when it unveiled the CR-Z Hybrid R concept at the recent SEMA tuning show in Las Vegas. Unlike the proposed production version, though, that car ran a turbocharged version of the CR-Z’s existing 1.5-litre engine rather than the new 1.6.


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sprkeyez 12 June 2012

I guess its wing is creating

I guess its wing is creating a big difficulty. There should be a removal of it. Rest of the information is really good enough for all the riders

Olilowe 14 December 2010

Re: Hot petrol Honda CR-Z planned

RadeB wrote:

Yes,it does,Civic Si Sedan.

Sorry I thought you meant the model on sale in the UK

RadeB 11 December 2010

Re: Hot petrol Honda CR-Z planned

Olilowe wrote:

RadeB wrote:
was wrong about CRV,,but Civic Si has it ...Helical Limited-Slip Differential,as Civic Type R

Civic Si doesn't have one either. Only Type R does and it transforms the car (worth a test drive.)

Yes,it does,Civic Si Sedan.