• Dec 22, 2009
2011 Honda CR-Z Hybrid – click above for high-res image gallery

A couple of weeks back, the world got a look at some leaked Honda CR-Z brochure images. Today is more of the same, although these images are bigger and clearly. We also get some interior shots that were absent from the first brochure leak go-round. Not a bad looking place to spend some economical time.

To recap, the Honda CR-Z is the much-anticipated CRX spiritual successor from Honda. The leaked brochure states the power will be 112 horsepower from the gas engine, plus an additional 12 ponies from the electric assist motor. There will also be 107 pound-feet of torque from the 1.5-liter gas engine coupled to 57 electric lb-ft. of the stuff. You might be scoffing, but remember that the original CRX made around 60 hp and was much loved by enthusiasts.

Why? Weight. As in, the CRX didn't have any. In fact, when introduced in 1984, it weighed less than a Lotus Elise does today – about 1,800 pounds. Meaning it's freakishly light. Sadly, this new batch of images gives us no indication of the CR-Z's curb weight. Odds are the CR-Z will get a bit more beef when it comes here to the States.

And hey... let's not overlook the very good possibility of an Si or Type-R version at some point down the road.



[Source: Temple of VTEC]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I keep getting the impression this is just another blend-mix delivered by Honda like crosstour... it is a hybrid, but does not have the MPG / HP / Space (upcoming Ford Fiesta gets 40 MPG highway with 140HP delivered and much bigger too, not too mention Prius' 50 MPG with bigger interior). they call it sports concept.. but I don't see what's so sporty about a 130 HP engine...

      I would rather take a converted RWD Accord coupe...
        • 5 Years Ago
        I just did some rough math based on the 25km/L CIty and 22.5km/L Hwy... and it looks like it'll be getting about the equivalent of 58MPG City and 52MPG Hwy (Rough Conversions)... but if this car ends up being as sporty as it's design, then that's pretty good.

        But maybe they can strip it down a little by removing the Leather (though it's nice to have) in an Econo-Box, Take out the Nav (again nice to have, but it's an Econo-Box), and even through is a Shift-Yourself Transmission... and it could drastically bring down the cost.

        I'm just curious to hear about their performance numbers, because that's a pretty weak engine if it ends up having more weight than most are hoping for.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Ford Fiesta has 119 horses, thanks.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love the looks of this car! I only wish it wasn't a hybrid though, I can't stand them, and would never buy one, because they cost too much for me to afford. Let's hope there is just a gasoline powered one that comes along soon.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Luis 11:42AM (12/22/2009)

        "So $20k is too much? It's significantly less than the average new-car price."

        Yes, it is, given the fact that just by bringing the same car across the border to Canada, but with DTRLs and a different guage cluster, the manufacturers tack on an extra $3000-$5000. That's just the regular run-of-the-mill car. BMW, Porsche, Mercedes, Audi and all the other luxury brands, will tack on many more thousands, at least $8000-$10,000 or more.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm not planning to buy a hybrid to save money. I'm buying a hybrid so I use less gas and therefore end up sending less of my money to companies that make $40B in profit every year.

        • 5 Years Ago
        In total for a new car $20k is not too much but when a $15k car costs $3k - $5k more b/c it has a hybrid drivetrain - I completely agree that it's too much for so little increase in fuel economy. Let's take a 35mpg car (Corolla or Civic) and have it get 50mpg (Prius or Insight) and cost $4-5k more than the lesser. It takes 7-8 years to make that back in mileage and by that time the batteries will need to be replaced eliminating any savings you made. Not to mention the greater environmental impact a hybrid costs over a standard car.

        I never liked the idea of a hybrid - only the more practical concepts (engine shut off at stop lights and immediate turn on when brake released, electrical powered a/c, power steering so it can run when engine shuts off at long lights, cylinder shutoff technology, solar roof panels to charge battery to ventilate passenger interior or heat car by heating coolant when parked). If we applied these much simpler and cheaper concepts to the mass market sold cars, SUVs and trucks (and not low volume hybrids - for every 1 hybrid sold there was another 30 regular cars/trucks/SUVs w/o any hybrid technology) we'd have an overall greater increase in mileage than the hybrids could ever provide.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Comparing a Compact Corolla to a Mid-size Prius (with all the other tech goodies) is not a fair comparison.
        • 5 Years Ago
        So $20k is too much? It's significantly less than the average new-car price.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So, Mr Obama, you must raise taxes on Mustangs and Camaros and give better tax incentives to the buyers of small economical hybrids.

      So, Mr Schwarzenegger, you must outlaw air-polluting Ferraris in Los Angeles, pave the road to the small Japanese hybrid, and save the Planet.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks are nice but is Honda going to build a fun to drive CR-Z? Are we going to get a revised suspension setup or same boring cheapo front Macpherson struts?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I kind of like it, but will reserve judgment until I read about some test drives, and until I see what Hyundai's Veloster will end up being. I wish there were some leaked shots of a production Veloster already. I realize that the Veloster won't be a "hybrid", but it's supposed to get very good fuel-economy too, and will certainly be a direct competitor to this car. I want Hyundai to make an upscale hot-hatch with all the bells-and-whistles. I'm hoping the Veloster's it. As for this Honda, it's not nearly as ugly as their most recent oeuvres have tended to be. That's supposed to be a compliment. Okay, it's pretty good-looking ;-).
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not sure how this isn't efficient. If my conversion math is correct, this is like 58 mpg. Sounds pretty good to me.

        I do agree though on the interior, too much going on. We have a new Lancer and almost everything is run through the Nav screen. Very few buttons in comparison, and heater controls/climate controls are very simple.

        It's simpler than the Accord though, the dash in that thing is horrible. It looks like the nav/stereo is integrated at least. Don't forget, it's also backwards.... :-)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Japan is finally going to build a car as lame as the Mini.
      • 5 Years Ago
      First look in front and u see bmw m6
        • 5 Years Ago
        What, M6? The M6 looks a lot different than this imo.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Interior looks like a Best Buy blew up in there. Not good. Someone needs to teach Honda designers about interior harmony.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Invisible

        Well, its a 1.6L, but the Ford ecoboost will have more torque. Besides, why do they HAVE to use the 1.5L, why not stick a K20 in there? Is Honda seriously that worried about gas mileage they are willing to neuter their "sports" hybrid?
        • 5 Years Ago
        the interior hurts my head to look at too long
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree it's all over the place.
        • 5 Years Ago
        So you CAN NOT list another 1.5 with more torque unless you go the turbocharger route like the turbo ford you mentions. FAIL!
        • 5 Years Ago
        typical honda. it used to bug me, but then i realized their core audience doesn't care, so why should they?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Even slower than the Fit..........sosad-.-
      • 5 Years Ago
      i like the look of this thing alot, inside and out...but yes Mike!, toyobaru is enticing
      • 5 Years Ago
      If it isn't either rwd or awd I'm going with the Toyobaru.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's FWD.
        Move on.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like what I see!
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