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Can be such a thing as sporty Honda gives it a go. and delivers

NO WHAT car you drive, we’re all of growingly excessive demands on the stock of hydrocarbon fuel But even those of us deny any of agreement with the environment those who fear climate is a direct result of our love of will concede cars must be more energy Time then for Honda to forward.

While its Japanese Toyota, has received most of the and praise for its work with cars the Prius, of course, is the one springs immediately to mind because of the clever and constant marketing campaign Toyota in the model Honda has been been making hybrid for the past decade.

There’s no denying they are complex than their rivals, but they undoubtedly Honda’s ethos has always “where we can, let’s it simple.” Honda’s initial was a qualified success, and the more second-generation Insight accelerated the Integrated Motor Assist system to new levels.

Both though were, to be brutally uninspiring to drive. So, you could my trepidation when Honda its latest hybrid, the CR-Z coupé. Could a volume-produced actually be, well, sporty?

consider this point Such is the level of commitment by the EU to lower drivers’ impact on the that recent legislation supercar manufacturers such as and Ferrari both of which hybrids at the year’s Geneva Show which are likely to into full production are to address the issue.

There’s something of an eerie glow from behind the

Looks like a racy should

First glance at the and you’ll see it’s clearly by the CRX of the 1980s; no bad thing, because the CRX was a As you would expect, the newcomer has dramatically reworked for the modern Thankfully, it looks exactly a racy Honda should: it has a low low windscreen, wedgy profile, and a chopped-off tail with the window wrapping over it near horizontal to vertical.

It has a seat, but I’d suspect struggle to get two 12-year-olds to fit comfortably. said, flatten the rear and you create 401-litres of luggage enough for a couple of suitcases or two But what lies behind and the seat and the bootfloor is what the CR-Z so special.

That’s where the Honda’s battery pack sits.

It and is recharged by, a 14bhp electric positioned between the car’s 114bhp petrol engine and a manual gearbox. Their optimum power output is and 6100rpm, and delivers an official CO2 figure of just 117g/km. The also comes with breaking and an excellent stop-start

HONDA CR-Z 1.5 i-VTEC Sport Manual 6-speed

One of the things which is instantly about Honda’s new coupe is it looks like nothing on the road; it’s instantly as the CR-Z. It sits on a slightly but wider Insight platform and a wheelbase that’s shrunk by It’s also lost in height and is 44kg lighter.

But the clever designers at Honda ensured there’s plenty of for driver’s up to 194cm (that’s 6ft in old money!).

There’s a ghostly

The cabin boasts an interior and quality which are superior to the and the instrumentation boasts even design flair; directly of the driver is an instrument panel of futurism which looks as it’s been lifted out of the Destiny spaceship on Stargate There’s something of an eerie glow which emanates behind the circular, digital

And you’d better get used to it you’ll find yourself, no how much you say you won’t, monitoring it as you to keep a green tinge to the glow. Why? Because if it to turn blue, you’re not frugally enough.

The IMA system offers three modes: Sport, which the electric motor to aid acceleration, and and Econ, which retard response to reduce fuel and lower emissions. There’s no Normal and Econ certainly do jobs, and while they are the option if you’re tootling a sleepy Borders town or on a relaxed drive in motorway I’d suggest you’ll find you spend most in Sport mode when enjoying the short-shift gear-change nipping cross-country.

And don’t that’s contradicting the whole of a hybrid sports coupe. Not will the CR-Z skip standstill to 62mph in 9.9secs, but also return a combined figure of 56.5mpg. in the battle to the environment and still keep a on drivers’ faces the CR-Z, comes in S, Sport, GT and GT Top specs, prices starting at £16,999 is an hero for Honda.

HONDA CR-Z 1.5 i-VTEC Sport Manual 6-speed
HONDA CR-Z 1.5 i-VTEC Sport Manual 6-speed
HONDA CR-Z 1.5 i-VTEC Sport Manual 6-speed
HONDA CR-Z 1.5 i-VTEC Sport Manual 6-speed
HONDA CR-Z 1.5 i-VTEC Sport Manual 6-speed
HONDA CR-Z 1.5 i-VTEC Sport Manual 6-speed

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