• Dec 6, 2010
Honda CR-Z Hybrid R concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

As much as Honda wants us to believe that its CR-Z hatchback is some sort of "sport hybrid," the truth is that it doesn't exactly live up to our expectations. It's a decent steer, but it's not exactly a sports car, and its meager fuel efficiency is easily bested by the majority of non-hybrid B-segment offerings. According to a report from Autocar, however, Honda is rumored to be working on a CR-Z that ditches its conventional hybrid powertrain in favor of a small-displacement, turbocharged mill.

The proposed new engine is an all-new 1.6-liter unit that will produce around 160 horsepower. Autocar states that a higher-output CR-Z Type R may follow shortly thereafter, rumored to produce around 200 hp. This new powerplant is reportedly slated for use in the Honda Jazz (Fit), Civic and Accord, and could provide the basis for the next-generation Civic Si engine.

We saw a preview of Honda's hot hatch intentions at this year's SEMA show in the form of the CR-Z Hybrid R concept. That show car featured a turbocharged version of the Honda's current 1.5-liter engine, but it shows that Honda is indeed serious about reworking the CR-Z's sporting image.

Sales of the hybrid CR-Z have started to fade in Honda's home market, despite the hatch being named the Japanese Car of the Year. Honda hopes that a turbocharged CR-Z would broaden the vehicle's appeal in other key markets, as well, such as the United States and Europe.

Photos copyright ©2010 Zach Bowman / AOL

[Source: Autocar]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Your people are really gettin happy over a FWD eco box? Even if they turbo It.. A camry, sonata etc will still out run it...

      So call me when Honda makes another S2k or NSX... not some FWD eco box with a turbo.

      Hell even Toyota is building a lightweight RWD car... Honda needs to step it up.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Your people are really gettin happy over a FWD eco box? Even if they turbo It.. A camry, sonata etc will still out run it..."

        Because it's all about the 0-60 times, right? Besides, not everyone needs (or wants) a full-size sedan. There's this little thing called aesthetics that factors into the car-buying habits of some people, myself included.

        I'll agree with you that I wish Honda would make successors to their sports cars, but I don't see what's wrong with having a fun econobox. And if they make it somewhat affordable, it'll find a lot more buyers than a $30k-something S2000 or a $90k NSX. Honda's still a business after all, and as fun as those cars are (especially the S2K), they're not gonna make Honda as much money as a small, well-selling, fun econobox will.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm interested to know what kind of turbo mill this car is going to have - as in specific specs regarding to boost levels, compression ratio, direct or port injection, and fuel economy. I'm curious, as I don't know of any Honda DI turbo setups in the US currently, but if they did use it, this seems like it would be a prime candidate.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh thank the lord. This could be AWESOME.

      I test drove the CR-Z for fun, it was agile and fun but the power wasn't that great. This would make it LIGHTER and faster.

      Please, please do it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well hallefrickinlullah! Sounds like it might be a worthy successor to the CRX.
      • 4 Years Ago
      MAYBE....just MAYBE.

      That being said, if it's coming it's coming before the FT-86/HS/42/unicorn makes it out.
      • 4 Years Ago
      next plan, RWD.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now we're talking!! If they do that, by dropping the hybrid motor it should make it priced around the same or even less and watch the demand go WAY up! It's a very good looking car, just not the performance one would hope to come out of it. And I'm willing to bet the gas milage won't be far off from the hybrid either. Now they just need to make an SI variant of the Fit with about 160 to 180 hp with a sunroof and we will start to see Honda regain some life again! That's the kind of things that put Honda on the map, they need to focus on what's worked for them! Just offer their semi hybrids as a side option for those that really want to save the extra 3 to 5 mpg over their natural 4.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great news. Even better if it turns out to be true. I can't wait for the gas CR-Z and Veloster showdowns!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Better late than Never.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Anyone else see eerie parallels with the Fiero? Regardless, it's the only good move I've heard coming from Honda in a long time. I think it has the potential to be great!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm really hoping they'll consider the 200 hp option in the future because I love my Si but sometimes I'd rather have something a little more agile.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sounds like Honda's back!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sounds like Honda is finally listening.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'll believe it when I see it. I cant imagine Honda not messing it up, like a limited edition only in Europe, or scrapping it altogether.
        • 4 Years Ago

        I can totally see that happening...
        • 4 Years Ago
        somebody finally got scared of the upcoming Veloster and the potential it brings to rain on this charade parade called the CRZ.

        It will be good for all to see some legitimate competition here.

        I know tC fits in here as well but its fuel economy stinks, although it will have about 25 hp on them and a back seat.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'll call BS until proven wrong.
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