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The CR-Z is expected in Australia this year with a somewhere beyond $35,000, there is no hint yet on the final Photo Gallery

Peter road tests and reviews the CR-Z hybrid sports in Japan.

An unlikely sports coupe is about to inject passion back into The CR-Z is unlike any other and not just in the way it looks. It promises to more like a performance car a Prius hybrid and even has a manual gearbox.

It comes at a when Honda has backpedalled on fronts, from its Formula One to the NSX supercar project and a plan to the S2000 droptop. Instead, it has focussing on good, clean transport like the Jazz, and CR-V.

Arrival and price

The CR-Z is in Australia later this with a pricetag somewhere $35,000, although there is no yet on the final number. The car began as a at the 2007 Tokyo Motor and there were some who questioned the final production car it was revealed at the Detroit show in It was toned down in the nose and the cabin was gone.

But the project on the CR-Z, Norio Tomobe, people have misunderstood the “We were not aiming for a CR-X. We wanted to create a new type of hybrid sports that would take us a more discerning and environmentally-conscious century, Tomobe says.

The that’s it’s a hybrid adds another intriguing to the sporty mix. If it reminds you of the then that’s purely

Platform and interior

Sitting on a slightly shorter but Insight mechanical platform, the employs a wheelbase that’s by 115mm, while it has also 30mm in height and is 44kgs than the Insight.

Slipping the driver’s seat, that seems undervalued because you sit so lower in the CR-Z. There’s of headroom for driver’s up to 194cm, but the rear seats, which struggle to hold a 12-year-old. But the seats and you create 401 litres of space, enough for a couple of or two golf bags.

Cabin and quality is well above the and the instrumentation shows more flair. It’s also set-out, superbly illuminated and

To boost performance and lift the factor, engineers replaced the 1.3-litre petrol engine a 1.5 litre i-VTEC engine the Jazz, and then mated with a revised six-speed transmission lifted from the 1.8-litre Civic. In contrast to the 84kW/145Nm, the electric motor 10kW/78Nm and — through a calculation — the end result is in total. Fuel economy is

“Given the 1.5 litre’s greater we had to redesign the IMA system and gearbox to with the greater amount of explains Tomobe. He admits the is a bold step but is convinced has launched the coupe at the right And there is even more to with a high-performance tuned from Mugen in 2011.

I am surprised when I come with the CR-Z at an exclusive drive in central Japan. It like nothing else on the It’s instantly recognizable as a with the imposing grille and headlights, and the design flows to a cleverly sculptured rear

As I prepare to drive, Tomobe I go for the sports mode to get the best of his new car. This regulates response and employs the electric as a kind of mild supercharger to the engine when accelerating.

The thing I notice is the beefy as I move away, as it jumps rest to 100km/h in just nine seconds. Still, I this and the CR-Z is noticeably than the Insight. Keep the spinning between 4000 and revs and the CR-Z will any call for go, as the specially-tuned throatier adds a sporty new hybrid

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Compared to Econ mode, effectively restricts throttle and contributes to the overall economy, the mode is a keeper. With manual gearboxes like in the S2000, NSX and Civic Type R, the has a lot to live up to, and thanks to some revision on the European Civic’s the CR-Z’s six-speed delivers short throws and a firm, linkage action.

Honda paid special to steering too. The coupe’s electric-assist steering is superbly has excellent steering feel and in on a penny. It’s no surprise Tomobe benchmarked the steering on his own BMW M Coupe.

The CR-Z also has a chassis, with a significant to the torsion bar rear suspension improving the right and handling.

The is plain harsh and the CR-Z is but compliant, a big difference. There are Insight carryover parts on the but there are also some differences. Like the brakes, are fully hydraulic with braking only as an assist

And the result is sure-footed stopping every time.

Arrival: later in 2010

more than $35,000

84kW/145Nm 1.5 litre i-VTEC plus 10kW/78Nm electric

Total outputs: 91kW174Nm

six-speed manual

Honda CR-Z Electric Cars
Honda CR-Z Electric Cars
Honda CR-Z Electric Cars
Honda CR-Z Electric Cars
Honda CR-Z Electric Cars
Honda CR-Z Electric Cars
Honda CR-Z Electric Cars
Honda CR-Z Electric Cars


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