Rarely do I get at all excited about hybrids (even though I write about them often enough). But the Honda CR-Z hybrid is cool enough for me to reconsider my stance on the fuel-friendly vehicles. In a throwback to the CRX, a hot little hatch Honda made in the late 80’s and early 90’s, the CR-Z will be a two door coupe with a hybrid drivetrain that marries good looks with high fuel economy.
The CR-Z brochure has been leaked online as well as engine specifications, and it makes me want the car all the more than the concept did.
The CR-Z is easily the best looking car to come out of the staid Honda stable in some time. Not to offend the many happy Honda owners out there, but the lineup has lacked a certain amount of pizzaz in recent years (the S2000 being the sole exciting exception). The CR-Z should help Honda play catchup with other hybrids as the Insight gets dominated by the Prius in almost every category.
Hybrids don’t have to be boring, and the CR-Z certainly won’t be boring. With an estimated 0-60 time of 9.7 seconds, it’ll be at least as fast as the 2010 Prius, sans two doors. Plus, there is a possibility that the CR-Z might take advantage of its electric engine for a sort of electric torque dump to increase power when needed. Mugen, an aftermarket maker of parts for Hondas, even has a version of the CR-Z in the works apparently. Nice. Here are the leak specifications for the CR-Z:
Length: 4080 mm (160.6 in.)
Width: 1740 mm (68.5 in.)
Height: 1395 mm (54.9 in.)
Wheelbase: 2435 mm (95.9 in.)
Engine: 1.5L i-VTEC + IMA
Transmission: 6MT or CVT
Torque (ICE): 145 NM (107 lb-ft)@4800RPM
Power (IMA): [email protected]
Torque (IMA): 78 NM (57 lb-ft)@1000RPM
0-100km/hr (0-62mph): 9.7 sec
No word on pricing, but…I’m really looking forward to this sharp hybrid hitting dealer lots for the 2011 model year.
Source: Temple of VTEC