Honda revealed an expansion to its hybrid range with the world debut of its CR-Z sports car at the Detroit motor show in January
Displayed in production ready form, the new CR-Z features a 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine mated to Honda’s innovative IMA hybrid system. In a world first, the CR-Z also features a six-speed manual gearbox, which means it can achieve 56.4mpg on the combined cycle, while producing CO2 emissions of 117g/km. Combined engine and hybrid punch makes for a total power output of 122bhp and 128lb ft of torque. The slippery 2+2 coupé body and striking design harks back to the sporty CRX from the 1980’s and 1990’s. The rear end in particular features obvious nods to its classic predecessor.
Honda is keen to ensure that the CR-Z hybrid is a driver’s car as well as an eco-friendly one. Kartlike handling and direct steering will ensure that it is great fun to drive, along with Honda’s new 3-Mode drive system, standard on all CR-Z models. This allows the driver to choose between three settings, which alter the throttle responses, the steering, idle stop timing, climate control and the amount of assistance from the hybrid system. This allows the driver to tailor exactly how the CR-Z drives and feels.
Due on sale in the UK this summer, European buyers will get their first sight of the production car at the Geneva Motor Show in March.