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LHT Performace KR-Z – Click above to watch video after the jump

It was only a matter of time before some inventive soul set about curing what ails the 2011 Honda CR-Z; namely, the anemic hybrid drivetrain. It looks like the crew at LHT Performance have gutted the electrified bits and swapped in an honest all-star from the Honda stable – the K20. If you recall, these guys were among some of the first to pull a similar stunt with the first-generation Honda Insight. According to LHT, their creation is the first successful K-Series CR-Z swap to have every vehicle system work as it should, including power steering, air-conditioning and cruise control, along with stability control and the vehicle's anti-lock brake system.

Well, nearly every vehicle system. The integrated motor assist didn't quite survive the transplant, but something tells us we won't be hearing any sobs over that loss. Right now, the shop has only served up a quick video, and there's no footage of the car actually tearing up the street or a track, but we're told more photos are on the way soon. Now, would you rather have this beast or the much rumored 1.6-liter turbocharged CR-Z that Honda is supposedly cooking up? Hit the jump to check it out and decide for yourself. Thanks for the tip, Steven.

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      huh......I guess this is a testament to how butthurt Honda fanboys are for their disintegrating brand. Don't get me wrong, the Fit COULD be a good car if it stays lightweight and gets the performance modifications that it needs (ditch the DBW and electronic nannies). There's talk of a new NSX...OK, I'm listening. Honda could become a decent brand again. I'm not out to hate on Honda for no logical reason

      But, what is the logic behind buying a car, an EXPENSIVE car for what it is given that they could have just as easily made the car light and small in the first place and given it a tuned up Fit motor or something...And stripping out the soul of the car, just so that they could put another EXPENSIVE, but decent motor in it. The motor has to be the same year or newer to pass emissions in every state to my knowledge and KA20's don't come cheap anyway even in older donor vehicles. What performance gain would this give over doing the same thing to a FIT?

      It's OK if this is nothing more than a style statement, but if it's for performance, these guys should either send Honda some letters to get their act together, forget about the CRZ, or switch to another brand.
      • 4 Years Ago
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      pssshhhh, lame! Drop a well tuned conventional engine into a vehicle - as if that hasn't been done before. I'll be more impressed when somebody figures out how to tune the electric propulsion side of this thing to extract better performance while embracing the fuel saving potential. I'm not suggesting the current hybrid powertrain in this car is anything to be proud of, I'd just be more impressed with someone who figures out how to improve it, rather than just give up and ditch it entirely and put in a previously existing powertrain - that's just an old trick taught to a new dog.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Honda should just go ahead and offer an Si model with 200hp and no hybrid set-up.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why couldn't they just do this factory to begin with instead of the hybrid?!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Why did Honda build the factory hybrid. For one, CAFE higher requirements are a reality. Two, the CR-Z around the rest of the planet outside the USA where good MPG are a priority.
        • 4 Years Ago

        The motor they dropped in is fine. Adding they hybrid would just add more weight for the sake of being "green".
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah... or what if this motor connected to the front transaxle and alternator/generator, but with electric drive for the rear wheels?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Honda launced this model just to explore a new market (mild performance hybrids).
      I highly doubt that Honda has a "petrolehad" version of the crz (aka with a k20) in plans.
      Maybe if the current model establishes itself in the market...
      • 4 Years Ago
      It just looks 'right' for that aggressive nose to have a proper, red-top engine in its bay.
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      and while they're at it, let's get with Richard Stramann and have him lop the top off, like he did back in 80's.....rememba those CRX's??
      • 4 Years Ago
      Id like to know the weight savings in this case by removing the hybrid hardward. I wonder if this car weighs enough less than the civic SI to even be worth the swap. Track numbers and videos will tell the tale I guess. Cant wait to see it run.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Damn now that would be a sweet ride, however to answer your question I would still want the 1.6L turbo that is rumored! Unless I could do the K-20 swap for cheaper which doesnt seem likely atleast at this time.
      • 4 Years Ago
      About the same fuel mileage too, I bet.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's 0% more efficient when no one buys one....

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