• Nov 2, 2010
2011 Honda CR-Z Hybrid R Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

Honda has big plans for campaigning a turbocharged, race-bred CR-Z at the upcoming 24 Hours of Thunderhill, and while that car is all kinds of right, it's about as far from a street-legal machine as a hybrid can get. Fortunately, the company's engineers and designers have joined forces to give us all an idea what the car would look like in road-going guise with the CR-Z Hybrid R Concept.

Like it's track-only brethren, the concept rocks 200 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque thanks to a little forced induction and an upgraded integrated motor assist system. Throw in a robust clutch, limited slip differential and a fully adjustable suspension and you've got the makings for a true sport hybrid. Hit the jump for the press release.



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[Source: Honda]

MUGEN accessory kit to be offered for CR-Z as Honda Performance Development debuts two CR-Z concept cars

11/02/2010 - LAS VEGAS

Twelve modified 2011 Honda CR-Z sport hybrid coupes are featured prominently in the Honda booth at the 2010 SEMA Show, which opens today. As the first available sport hybrid, the CR-Z demonstrates new opportunities for vehicle personalization among the import tuner community. Several significant vehicles are being unveiled at the show, including a 2011 CR-Z equipped with MUGEN* accessories, the Honda Performance Development, Inc. (HPD) CR-Z Hybrid R Concept, the HPD CR-Z Racer and several vehicles equipped with Honda Genuine Accessories.

"With the CR-Z sport hybrid coupe, drivers can achieve the great efficiency of a hybrid car without giving up the fun that many demand from a sporty car," said Bruce Smith, vice president of Parts Operations for American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "The combination of greener practicality with style and fun makes this vehicle a perfect fit for young, environmentally conscious buyers looking to further personalize their cars."

A 2011 CR-Z equipped with MUGEN accessories is also being revealed, and Honda announced that in the spring of 2011, it will begin sales of a limited-edition MUGEN accessory kit for the vehicle. Limited to only 300 complete kits, the package includes: a full MUGEN body kit; a front grille; a rear wing spoiler; 17-inch "XJ" aluminum wheels; sport mats; a unique black aluminum shift knob and a billet aluminum oil-filler cap. Further, after purchase, each owner will receive a unique serial-number plaque designating each kit as one of 300 available. All of the painted parts will come color-matched to each of the five available CR-Z colors. Pricing details will be made available closer to the on-sale date.

Also unveiled today were two concept vehicles from HPD: the CR-Z Hybrid R Concept and the HPD CR-Z Racer. Though neither vehicle is intended for sale, HPD, Honda's North American racing company, was determined to demonstrate the potential of the CR-Z for both street and racing performance. Both vehicles share many performance enhancements, with the CR-Z Hybrid R Concept highlighting Honda-designed street styling and the HPD CR-Z Racer opting for serious racing capability. To demonstrate that capability, HPD will campaign two HPD CR-Z Racers at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill endurance race in December. HPD enhancements to both cars include: a turbocharger and upgraded IMA™ hybrid system, resulting in an estimated combined 200 horsepower and 175 lb-ft. of torque; performance clutch; limited-slip differential; 'circuit-tuned' suspension; upgraded brakes and aerodynamic components.

Two vehicles were on display to demonstrate currently available Honda Genuine Accessories. For the CR-Z, Honda displayed a vehicle equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels; side, front lip and tailgate spoilers; a rear diffuser; an illuminated door-sill trim and an interior armrest. Additionally, a 2010 Accord Coupe equipped with dealer-installed Honda Factory Performance™ (HFP™) components melded a distinctive, custom appearance with an enhanced level of handling performance. All Honda Genuine Accessories offer the same 3-year/36,000 mile bumper-to-bumper warranty as the rest of the vehicle, when installed at the time of new vehicle purchase, and are engineered to be fully compatible with each Honda vehicle.
On display as a demonstration concept only, the Accord Crosstour HFP Concept features 19-inch HFP wheels; a full HFP body kit and front grille; a prototype lowered HFP sport suspension; color-matched door handles and special black-out door sash trim.

Reaching out to the import community, Honda invited six independent vehicle tuners to build and display their CR-Z hybrid concepts at the SEMA Show. Tuners were asked to push the limits to improve fuel economy and performance with their builds, and the vehicles on display show the variety of directions in which a personalized sport hybrid can go. Beyond this group, both the Los Angeles Auto Show and Honda Tuning Magazine displayed their CR-Z special project cars in the Honda booth.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      What's that expression about lipstick and a pig?

      Honda hasn't had it together for years and there is no end in sight...
      • 4 Years Ago
      FINALLY!
        • 4 Years Ago
        This looks incredible.

        On a related note, I saw a CRZ on the road for the first time today in Texas. I guess they aren't selling too well here...
      • 4 Years Ago
      They should have added VTEC stickers. Those are good for at least 10HP.
        • 4 Years Ago
        hahahaha, zomg bro, where did you come up with that original and funny joke?
      • 4 Years Ago
      wow, I quite like this. Get rid of the wing then it'll be pretty awesome.
        • 4 Years Ago
        But the wing adds 10 mph to the top speed!
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's actually 25 Hours of Thunderhill, as it states in the press release.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Honda just needs to take the CR-Z and offer a non-hybrid version. They could go so far as to call it a 2012 CR-X, how crazy could that be.

      Give it a 2.0 from the civic SI, detune it if you want but there's too much of a market for a true return to the CR-X to not do it. Seems like it would be easy to do.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why does a FWD car need such a huge spoiler? To put downforce on non-driven wheels?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Really? So according to you, those huge wings on the front of a F1 car are useless?
        • 4 Years Ago
        There are many FWD hatches decked out for racing without using humongous spoilers. This has the same amount of horsepower and less torque than a bone stock Golf GTI. Many have higher horsepower and AWD, like the Focus RS.
        rjander03
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, because the last thing you want is downforce at all four corners going into a turn at triple digit speeds... Knucklehead.
        • 4 Years Ago
        There are many things an F1 car needs that a CR-Z doesn't...
        rjander03
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Decked out"? Are they legitimate race cars or not? I can assure you that when a race team puts a spoiler on a car -fwd, rwd, whatever- it's because it serves a purpose and they know more about downforce and aerodynamics than you or I ever will. I mean seriously dude, you don't even understand why a fwd race car might need a spoiler... just shut up before you say something even dumber. As for the GTi, really? Are you equally unfamiliar with power/weight ratio?
      • 4 Years Ago
      the ricer in me is excited.

      GET BACK IN THERE YOU FOOL *crams it back into a hole*

      rjander03
      • 4 Years Ago
      As much as I love the idea of a blown production car I still need a tweaked k20 in one of these. You can blow away even this boosted and IMAed car with a modestly built and tuned k20 and you're still NA.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Put that engine in the stock body and you got yourself a winner! Finally!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Put a turbo K-series in the sport body, and the go will match the show.
      • 4 Years Ago
      despite the exterior upgrades, its still slower than most coupes out there
        • 4 Years Ago
        How do you know that ?
        There's no performance figures in the article.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Look everyone...a hater!
      • 4 Years Ago
      A little over the top rice but way better than the stock version.
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