• Apr 7, 2010
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A mainstream hybrid that's fun to drive. That's a novel concept, to be sure, and one targeted by Honda in the marching papers of its recent CR-Z coupe, which is offered with a sporty six-speed manual gearbox and is supposed to be the spiritual successor to the much-loved CRX hatchback from the 1980s.

We've yet to drive the CR-Z and we're already questioning if the 122 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque on tap from its 1.5-liter VTEC four-cylinder with Integrated Motor Assist will be enough to qualify the car as sporty.

According to Motor Trend, though, Honda has a much sportier model waiting in the wings that would use either a V6 or a large 2.5 liter four mated up with the familiar IMA hybrid system. Citing rumors from Japan, MT says the future car will be roughly the size of the Accord coupe.

In related news, that aforementioned V6 hybrid powertrain is reportedly slated for both minivans and SUVs for the American market. Further, Honda is currently working on an extended-range electric system similar to the one featured in the 2011 Chevrolet Volt except using a capacitor-based energy storage system. If true, we can expect to see that system featured in a future Accord.



[Source: Motor Trend]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      "More Powerful" I think you have to be powerful before you can be more powerful
      • 4 Years Ago
      Screw bigger engines and more power - they should just put a bigger wing on the CRZ. That'll make it go faster for sure.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No, that's what the fart can is for, because we all know that louder = faster.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Honda already tried at the sporty hybrid terrain a few years back with the Accord V6 hybrid. It only lasted like 2 years because people couldn't get it through their skulls that hybrids also had performance possibilities, not just fuel economy.

      Here's to better marketing, I guess.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Has nothing to do with marketing. It has to do with demand.

        People who want hybrids want the best fuel economy, for a competitive price. They don't want V6 performance with 4-banger fuel economy with a luxury car price (aka Accord Hybrid).
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hybrids?. The late 90s CRX is a better choice. It would be more economical to maintain. It has good looks too!
      • 4 Years Ago
      if they used the accord V6 this thing would be OUT.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I feel like Honda is stringing me along like a cruel high school girlfriend.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That sums it up for a lot of us, including myself.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Call me when your IMA system can stack up to everyone else's.. till then..... cr-zzzzz
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agree'd, I think Honda is just trying to prove it makes the worst hybrid system no matter the set-up. Oh and I love'd the H22 (in referance to your other post.) it was a solid motor that could be built up pretty reliably. The H23 was a turd though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Could this mean the return of the Prelude?
      I liked that car but the powertrain was never impressive.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The preludes powertrain was great. I too loved the H22, 200hp NA 4banger back "in the year 2000" was one of a kind. Conan joke included.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The h22 was cool, but not in a car that heavy.

        I'll take one in an Integra.. thanks :)

        Also i remember seeing the 0-60 and quarter mile times for the integra vs. prelude being similar.. and the gas mileage of the prelude sucked really bad for a 4 cylinder..
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dear auto manufacturers,

      I will NEVER buy a hybrid car. Please get over your brain-dead fascination with adding "hybrid-powered" to everything from luxury SUVs to supercars to 2-seater sports cars.

      Thank you.
      • 4 Years Ago
      No, really; from the back dosen't this look like the worlds coolest baby stroller?
      • 4 Years Ago
      what? since when was fwd, rear torsion beam and 120 hp not sporty??? uhh....

      Glad to finally hear plans for a V6 hybrid to contest the highlander...and an extended range to finally bridge the gap between a archaic IMA system and the FCX Clarity
      • 4 Years Ago
      I thought it was decals and the stereo that made it go fast.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Again, an update of the WRONG COMPONENT.
      Double, or TRIPLE the ELECTRIC MOTOR.
      That would give you Real Performance numbers.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't really want more motors, one larger or longer would be sufficient.
        More Windings, bigger magnets, would yield more power, especially low end torque.

        Others on the blog have said an increase in size of the electric motor would not increase electric demand all that much.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Doubling that kind of hardware would also be a substantial jump in cost too. Especially with honda's IMA system, its not that simple where you can just put more motors at more wheels or something. Like the new porsches that are in development now.
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