I guess it’s not a surprise for anybody that the CR-Z hybrid was quite a fail for the Honda group – planned as the revival of the CR-X (as it was expected), but with a grandma heart inside – the hybrid 125 HP engine. No sport here, indeed.
So the Japanese constructor decided to kill the production of the actual model, after five years of existence. But don’t worry folks, the little CR-Z is going to make a strong comeback around 2017, with totally new output and vision on the line.
Although the information is at the “rumor” state, the new CR-Z will possibly be following ALMOST the same recipe like his youngest brother – the Civic Type-R – and will feature a turbocharged 1.5-liter direct injection VTEC engine, paired with the current CR-Z’s Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid system. To top up the performance, which is said to be around a total of 280 HP, a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission is also said to have replaced both the CVT and manual options of the current CR-Z.
If this concept is going to see the ray of light, we will probably see next year, at the Tokyo Auto Show. I am keeping my fingers crossed.
For the love that I personally have for this car, deceived by the standard motorization, but happy to see that some tuners are still trying to make it worth – ladies and gents, I present to you Honda CR-Z , official version signed Honda Performance Development (HPD).
The HPD presented the CR-Z at SEMA Show, in Las Vegas, last month and with a total output of 190 HP and 235 Nm torque, this version in particular makes the CR-Z worth, I mean it, and it‘s the first time when HPD offers a non-racing package to a street-use car, making us very-very happy … At least I am very happy!
What’s the secret inside? Well, supercharger is the name, that “not-so-little” detail that makes the CR-Z to boost over the boring factory setup – I don’t need to remind you that at origins, this car is a hybrid which produces a maximum power of 130 HP.
The supercharger adds some adrenaline to the setup, but the hot-hatch feeling it’s given by the whole combination of elements – the air-to-air intercooler, high flow injectors, re-calibrated ECU, air filter system; the chassis was improved also – dampers, coil springs and the big brake kit with 300 mm discs and monobloc four-piston calipers, the clutch was upgraded and a limited-slip differential was also installed. The HPD version is rolling on 18 inches alloy and 215/40 Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.
The style changes are sleek and discrete – HPD front lip spoiler, rear deck lid spoiler and an HPD emblem kit. Like I said – they keep it clean.
All this modifications were tested on-track at Pikes Peak International Hill Climb – and they successfully passed all exams. On the other hand, the price list is kind of spicy – almost everything I enlisted before is reaching 6600 $, adding also the cost of the supercharger – the price for this has not been yet listed by HPD.
We all know that passion comes with its costs, for sure, but hell, if we don’t take time to enjoy our passions, our lives would be kind of stirred and… boring.
Nici nu s-au publicat bine datele ce fac referire la noul hibrid Honda CR-Z ca niponii au prezentat si versiunea speciala Mugen.
Diferentele fata de versiunea de baza CR-Z exista, din aceste poze observandu-se lejer o noua grila, alte praguri, buza bara fata, eleron, bara spate si jante interesante. Desigur, ne asteptam ca noul CR-Z Mugen sa dispuna de o gama destul de larga de accesorii precum suspensii sport, kit de frane, evacuare si diferite alte optionale.
Pentru moment, date oficiale nu exista, deci un pret iese din discutie. Noul CR-Z va fi lansat in Japonia in primul semestru al anului 2010, deci ne putem astepta cel mai devreme la un 2011 pentru versiunea Mugen.