• Feb 17th 2010 at 1:26PM
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The rumormongers at AutoExpress are at it again, donning their speculative fedoras and suggesting that a 200-horsepower Honda CR-Z Type-R is on the way. But if you were hoping for a K20 swap to ditch the hybrid setup, you're in for a disappointment.

In stock form, the production CR-Z unveiled in Detroit makes due with a 102 hp 1.5-liter four-cylinder mated to an electric motor good for an additional 20 ponies. If AE is to be believed, Honda and its internal tuning partner, Mugen, plans to up the output of the stock four-pot to approximately 150 hp. Since the CR-Z was designed from the onset to be a hybrid, apparently Honda just can't swap in the 2.0-liter engine from the Euro-Civic and call it a day. Instead, a beefed-up electric motor will be fitted – reportedly good for another 50 hp – and bringing total output up to 200 hp.

Naturally, the transformation won't just be under the hood. A reworked suspension, upgraded brakes and a smattering of body mods will be included in the package, along with an additional driving mode (bringing the total to four), "Sport Plus" which will reportedly modify throttle response, steering, the start-stop system and the electric motor assist.

If the Type-R comes to fruition, expect it to debut at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, with the production version arriving sometime in 2012.


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  • 2011 Honda CR-Z EX (CVT) in sport mode with paddle shifter activated
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  • 2011 Honda CR-Z EX 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine with Integrated Motor Assist (IMA)

[Source: AutoExpress]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      If it really is only able to achieve 35 mpg highway, then this car will be a complete failure!
        • 5 Years Ago
        My bad, Honda estimates and interweb rumors are 38...still...NOT good enough!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, that would be sad considering my 5 speed 4 banger POS gets an average of 33 / 34 mpg...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed. My 11 year old Jetta TDI averages 43.5 without any TLC. This thing is a two seater, and a hybrid, and 11 years newer. It should be able to trump my old jalopy.

        Price and performance (other than fuel consumption) are about right when you use the current generation TDI as a baseline.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Necessary if this car is going to be considered sporty.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Can't shine a turd.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The interior looks kinda cool to me actually.. reminds me of a spaceship or something out of a sci fi movie.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I drive a hot gen-5 Prelude (JDM mods) and love it. So far, Honda hasn't introduced a single car that even interests me and this thing...this CRZ...leaves me cold(!). Sorry Honda, you're no longer on my radar screen. It's been a fun, exciting run but I'm going to buy some other brand next time around.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "apparently a lot of room to play with that engine and turbo."

        That's exactly what Hyundai was banking on, and a road paved by Mitsubishi (1G and 2G GSM)... but somewhere along that road they got lost!

        As for BMW being innovative... BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Drank the kool-aid did ya? I own a 2001 M Roadster (same engine as the E46 M3), and one of seven Seca Blue/Black ever produced. There isn't a single BMW made in the past 6 or more years that I'd want. When the 135i was announced, they said how it would pay homage to the venerable 2002. How I laughed. And when pricing and specs were announced, I was right.

        They've lost their way too.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, join the club.
        After 3 Hondas and no future cars looking appealing, i went BMW since they're still innovating and will give you a car that actually has some torque.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I am a big (old)Honda fan. My favorite car is the 97 NSX, and I drive a 20 year old Civic.
        My friends love their old modified Civics/Preludes/CR-X's/CR-V

        The point is I love Honda.

        The past decade, Honda's seem to have gone downhill In pretty much every single way.

        I think Hyundai and Ford are the new Honda!

        I really hope Honda gets it's $hit together, and starts making small, cheap, light and efficient cars!
        • 5 Years Ago
        hyundai is the new asiain performance brand, honda is the other h brand
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Mike Lee

        I bought a 2.0T Genesis coupe back in December and I love it! The price and performance is going to be really hard to beat. I went with the cheaper turbo model, but it is still enough punch for me and there is apparently a lot of room to play with that engine and turbo.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Naggs . . . yes, I agree (Hyundai). I looked at the Genesis coupe the other day (3.8 track model) and considering all the equipment you get for your money and, money considered, how relatively inexpensive the car is, I think my next one's going to be a Genesis coupe(!)
      • 5 Years Ago
      It should have had 200 hp (or around there) to begin with! And if the CR-Z is around 22k, why the heck would I want this Type R version over the Si Sedan? Unless it got near 40 mpg city (doubt it), this Type R deal will shoot themselves in the foot.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks much, much better in red. Now with the "Type-R" badge, how much will Honda charge for this?
      Isn't the 1.5 engine the same one that's in the Honda Fit? If it is, then that might keep cost down. Knowing Honda and their tuning, that 1.5 engine will have 150 HP, but will have only 106 ft/tq. If they can keep the price under $25K, there might be buyers.

      This is what Honda is now, you'd have to buy a CRZ Type-R to get what the old CRX was.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You realize of course, that the original CRX had 60 - 76 hp. And the 2nd gen model never had more than 108 (US-spec). Yes, it was lighter, but with 200hp, this car would have to weigh over 4000 pounds to have a lower power to weight ratio than its revered ancestor. I think Honda will do better than that, and I suspect an off-set head-on between a CRX and CR-Z would be reminiscent of the '59/'09 Chevy demo we've all seen. They don't add weight just for the hell of it.

        There is way too much knee-jerk Honda hating on this blog. I find the front overhang unfortunate and haven't been all that impressed with the IMA so far, but I'd still have to drive the thing first before declaring it an "epic fail". In the mean time, this looks like a superb efficient commuter that offers a significant dose of fun on the side. Icon worship aside, that is basically all the CRX was.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Autoblog does appear to be full of ignorant kids posting nonsense.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I will see your cr-z type-R, and raise you one VW Polo GTi.
      http://autozine.org/0_News/Archive/2010_02/News_frame.html
      • 5 Years Ago
      wait, i misread your comment travisty, my bad! u were saying that the CR-Z is $4-5k more than the Civic Si... doh!
      • 5 Years Ago
      We've been down this path before...

      The original CRX was sold to management as an economical commuter car (CRX-HF) but it didn't take long for the SI version to come forward. Why can't the CRZ do the same? It won't and it can't happen...

      One must remember that in those early CRX days Honda was known for producing successful designs yielding many attractive, space efficient and gas sipping cars that sold at list price. Those youthful days are gone. Today Honda sells mostly boring cars and vans in the US although they make many interesting cars in Europe and Japan, they just don't think Americans will buy them.

      It pains me to admit that the Koreans have supplanted Honda as a design leader. They seem hell bent on making well built and gas efficient models in every segment. Honda steadfastly has resisted rear wheel drive excepting pure sports cars (NSX, S-2000) for premium models or even those with sporting ambitions. For Hyundai no problem. You want RWD? Got it. You want sporting (and relatively inexpensive) 2 door coupes? Got it.

      What does Honda have? bupkus
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder how long it takes the aftermarket to figure out a lightweight, straight-up IC swap with Civic parts...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I for one would be stunned if Honda managed to pull their head out of their ass long enough to make this quality move.
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