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Honda CR-Z concept 2009 - Click above for high-res image gallery

Honda fans of all sorts have cause to celebrate today with the reveal of the 2009 iteration of the CR-Z coupe. In typical Honda fashion, this CR-Z remains a concept in name and detail only. What you see here is essentially the production coupe that will go on sale in Japan next February and then arrive in North America in the Fall.

The cool scoop-like grille from the original 2007 concept has been largely carried over, with the biggest changes being a somewhat taller roof and a more upright windshield with blacked out A-pillars – concessions to the fact that real people will have to fit into the production car. On the exterior, the only elements likely to change once it hits the assembly line are the side mirrors, which will probably be a bit larger, along with the internals of the light clusters.

The good news for fans of the much-loved 1983-1991 Civic CR-X is that the CR-Z should have significantly better performance than the disappointing new Insight, a car that is geared more toward fuel economy than performance. In any case, the CR-Z coupe gets a bump in displacement up to 1.5-liter and – wait for it – a six-speed manual gearbox! This will be the first hybrid with a row-it-yourself six-speed.

Unfortunately, we probably won't hear any official numbers on the drivetrain's output or its mileage until closer to the Japanese launch, but color us excited – and you can share some of our joy by checking out the high-res image gallery below.

Photos Copyright ©2009 Sam Abuelsamid / Weblogs, Inc.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      cool now i know where my B18 can o into
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hell I just would be happy to see a 1.8 option for it, as you said it comes down to weight. I am sad to see that the US will not get the 2+2 version of the car as that would help save on insurance rates. At this point I am hoping to see a 1.8l version for the us to make it a real roadster and to justify the price this car is going to run.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hybrid = fail.

      Adds weight, complexity and cost. All things that I'm NOT looking for in a fun to drive commuting car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hmm... looks like a Hyundai Veloster competitor.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Now, where's the Hyundai Veloster production version so we can contrast/compare?

      • 5 Years Ago
      1.5 and a six speed.. that is very good news. I am really really excited about this car. Still waiting on horsepower/tq/weight/mpg numbers though. Fingers crossed for a high revving engine that puts out at least 130hp..
      • 5 Years Ago
      we need specs!!! and a k20a engine in it!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      We were able to interview the Designer interior and exterior. Unfortunately no interviews for the engineering side to get more specs. Should have the article up shortly on our site if your interested for more CRZ information.

      For more up to date information. Check us out at

      • 5 Years Ago
      Nicely done. It'll have the torque and sufficient power. It has the aerodynamics a small car should. Of course, suspension dynamics don't show through in photographs of a late concept. We'll have to wait and see.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The CRZ has really come along from the concept pictures we saw so long ago - even though it was only about a year. I really like what it has turned into. The new interior is a great look for it and it doesn't seem as if Honda will change to much more from this production.

      I'm surprised that Honda hasn't shown us a different color of the car though... there is a cool thread over at CRZForum.com ( http://www.crzforum.com ) that shows a bunch of different photoshopped colors, gives us a better idea of what this car might look like in different shades!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Im not sure if your spamming or not (I think you are), but if you are, you definitely take the award for longest post for some spam.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Very nice. I want one now. Honda did good on bringing that one back.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The first hybrid with a manual was the original insight. Could be had with a manual or cvt.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Original Insight was offered with 5MT, along with the original hybrid Civics. This is the first to offer a 6-speed manual trans.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The last Civic hybrid also carried a 5-speed manual standard, automatic optional.
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