• Mar 10, 2010
Noblesse-tuned Honda CR-Z on-track – Click above to watch video after the jump

A couple of days ago, we wrote about the specs for the 2011 Honda CR-Z, and most commenters weren't all that impressed. Spoon then let a little bit slip about what it was doing to make the hybrid coupe a little more engaging, but those were merely words. Now we have what is said to be track footage of Japanese tuner Noblesse in one of their tuned CR-Zs at Suzuka, and it might put people in a mind to at least reserve judgment.

It's all in-car video, and yes, Noblesse is primarily known for their bodykit work, not for actual performance parts. All which makes this footage a little tough to gauge, but there were moments when we did find ourselves thinking, "Hey, this could be something." And yes, we will only accept fully blacked-out CR-Zs from now on. Follow the jump for some Suzuka lapping, and have a look at it in the gallery of high-res photos below. Thanks for the tip and images, Chris!



[Source: Six Sylinder]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Blacked out crz looks nice, They're already for sale in Japan. There are a ton of youtube videos with owners racing them on track.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If the car was NOT a hybrid and had 200 hp I think a lot of people would like the looks a little better. All black is nice.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Okay...let's see...so this video is supposed to make us think that driving this slug to work each day (and I don't think anyone drives like this test car ON A TRACK, but on normal freeways and side roads) is supposed to be exciting? Good luck Honda. You've created a car that those of us who own hot Honda's will NEVER warm up to. It ain't a CRX no matter how hard you try to convince us!
        • 4 Years Ago
        CR-Zs aren't for sale yet, correct?
        • 4 Years Ago
        travisty, the CR-Z went on sale in Japan in late February.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Too bad they don't make a slow lane on the right side of the track for cars like this. LOL

        Maybe it could be a pace car for all those prius races everyone's raving about!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Uh, this isn't a Honda corporate video. It's an aftermarket company who bought and modified a CR-Z.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think I'd like this a whole lot more if the US spec actually had a legit back seat.

      I really *wanted* to like this car, but Honda is just making it really difficult to like.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It would have to be notably bigger.
        It has a back seat as a JDM model but the Japanese don't even consider the back seat a real one - what does that say?

        Get a fit instead if you're okay with this level of performance - it will be actually faster. Back seats aren't bad in that car either.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i have to say i like it. i don't know if the engine, suspension or chassis will have the performance of a sports car, but i like it. the lovely CR-X wasn't a sports car either so i think it will depend on where the aftermarket takes it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree. The car looks good in black. I'm still waiting for a road test review from one of the major car rags.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What about the helmet? Looks old school, like a Kevin Schwantz or a Haga replica. Cool!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Holy wind noise batman!

      ROLL UP THE WINDOWWWW
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll say it... it looks good in all black.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It looks better in all black, but so do most cars. It still looks bloated.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love how the Evo IV screams past the putt-putt CR-Z on Suzuka's S-curves. The car doesn't seem to be accelerating at all, it's almost as though it's cruising on the track.

      I'd be able to forgive the underpowered powerplant or the styling if it at least had independent rear-suspension like the original CR-X. After all, the original CR-X wasn't fast by any stretch of imagination, but it had modding potential. This doesn't excite me even from that angle.

      And it does look better in black, but that's simply because the color hides the tacky details and character lines. Front end is still way bloated and awkward, the rear uninspiring. Heck I would've liked the car even if it had the same specs, but with the CR-Z concept design faithfully recreated.

      As a Honda fan, I try to get myself to like this car, but just can't. Considering it's going to cost about $21,000 at least (judging from the JDM MSRP), it's even less appealing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Rumors abound that the next Civic will be a hybrid-focused platform, and smaller and lighter.

        I didn't mean to trump up the next-gen Si.I actually wouldn't be surprised if the next Si is only just as fast, or even slower. Given their push towards fuel economy, I doubt they'll transplant a quicker K20A into the next Si. I love the current Si, but I feel like Honda has nothing left to offer me in the near future. The only point I wanted to make was that the Civic Si in 2006 was competitive in its segment, and that it's not now because it's getting old.

        Honda engineers have made strong suggestions that a K20 CR-Z Type R is on the horizon, but I'm so underwhelmed so far that I dunno if that'd redeem it. Only compacts I'm interested in now are the Polo (GTI) and FT-86.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah i totally agree with you that the Civic SI was good in 2006.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, welcome to new Honda. Been 8 years since they introduced an appealing model.
        Civic SI is weak sauce compared to other cars so it doesn't count ;p
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually the original CRX had a torsion beam as well.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Aki - yeah, but they killed the s2000 and we haven't heard any new model hype or new engine hype since '06 & are over a year late to bring the AVTEC engines here they promised in '06.. There may have been some tweaks in the Acura line but i haven't heard of anything else.. have you?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Another day, another version of cr-z, it looks like Japs are really trying hard to make this car closer to what it was supposed to be.
      As for the video, it seems it corners very well, but it's really slow... Take a look at the straight line acceleration and how long does it take him to get through the third gear, not to mention 4-th....
      Hope the type r/si version will come out soon.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I truly do not mind the look at all. I just cant get over the fact that it will be a hybrid!
      • 4 Years Ago
      looks better in black...but at the same time that front end looks even more like a cheap A3 knock-off than i thought before.
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