Make way for the world’s first production sports car with a hybrid drivetrain, the Honda CR-Z, making it’s debut at the Tokyo motor show, and due to go on sale in the UK next summer
The CR-Z is a spiritual successor to the company’s CRX sports coupé of the 1980s and 90s, but it’s brought bang up to date with an electric IMA hybrid powertrain, borrowed in part from the Insight.
In this application, the 1.3-litre engine is ditched in favour of a 1.5-litre engine installed up front instead. And uniquely, the CR-Z is fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox, instead of the usual continuously variable transmissions employed in other hybrids. Engine specification and performance figures have yet to be released, but it is expected to be competitive, while offering top fuel consumption figures.
The CR-Z is revealed alongside two other Honda concepts – the EV-N, a small, battery powered four-seater with solar panels to charge the batteries, and the Skydeck concept – a six-seater hybrid vehicle, arranged in three rows of two seats.
There are no plans to produce the EV-N, while the Skydeck is currently at the design stage.