If it's too early to start drinking, crack open a cold one anyway. You're gonna need a beer to cry into. Top Gear reports that Honda has no plans to produce the CR-Z Mugen RR Hybrid Concept. Zero. None. While we saw this coming a mile off, some deeply-oppressed optimistic shard of our psyche clung to the hope that Honda would awaken from its performance coma. Alas, no. The world will be denied the CR-Z it deserves.

We probably don't need to remind you that the CR-Z Mugen RR Hybrid Concept makes heavy use of carbon fiber. The doors, hood and front fenders are all formed from the lightweight material, as is a complete underbody tray. With 197 horsepower on tap, the concept clicks off a 0-60 dash in 6.6 seconds, and if you're restrained enough to run it in Eco mode, it can return somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 mpg.


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      xspeedy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Of course Honda isn't interested in giving the public anything they might actually want. Don't worry though, there is another "H" brand out there that seems to be meeting those duties.
      r67bennett
      • 3 Years Ago
      Does anyone really give a damn about HONDA anymore? NO
      Dennis Baskov
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is that Daniel Craig driving it?!
      pozboys
      • 3 Years Ago
      Please, if you must buy a un American car,be like the true un American you chose to be, and DON"T put an American flag, on your rice burner,brat rider, kimchi car, or pip pip mobile! Thank You
        David Corsaro
        • 3 Years Ago
        @pozboys
        Yeah, they should run out and buy that 'Merican-made Camaro that was actually engineered by GM's Holden division in Australia and is assembled and produced in Ontario, Canada. Flag-waving ignoramuses such as yourself would probably crap themselves if they[you] realized how many more examples of this there are.
      larry
      • 3 Years Ago
      Never underestimate what the college kid, Occupy Wall Street freeloaders and squatters, and tasteless, classless will purchase.
      untitledfolder
      • 3 Years Ago
      Meh, who cares. Honda died in the hearts of enthusiasts many eons ago. We now have Hyundai and they seem to "get it."
      Fernando Rodriguez
      • 3 Years Ago
      at least we now have Hyundai.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      ted
      • 3 Years Ago
      All you people buying hondas and other jap and german cars should be ashamed of yourselves for supporting other econimies and not Americas, the US would would get a huge boost if people would buy American first, not just with cars but with every thing. And dont give me that crap that jap cars are better, maybe at one time they were but not anymore. Most American cars exceed all the standards in fuel consumption, power, looks and style. America will never be great again until we start producing and consuming our own products.
        Bob
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ted
        You are so right Ted, I agree. See my reply to Robert, below. He thinks Foreign cars are the greatest thing since sliced bread.
          tgsid
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Bob
          He never said that Bob. A car is a car. Does it matter so much?
        Robert
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ted
        Nearly HALF of all "American" cars are assembled elsewhere. For those of you that are economically-deficient I will explain: we are talking JOBS!. Many of the Oriental cars you are trashing are made HERE. I know you will counter with "where the profits are going" but that's BS as well. There is an assembly plant in my home state that produces Kias to the tune of 3,000 jobs worth. The additional jobs from suppliers and parts bring that total up to nearly 10,000 jobs HERE. Understand that Ford and GM both closed their assembly plants here and outsourced them to Canada and Mexico. So - if the CEO of Kia gets a nice bonus I'm good with that. So are the 10,000 workers who make a good living and who spend that money at home!
          Bob
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Robert
          And Robert, Where does that money go, or a part of it, The Japs aren't going to have us make cars here for nothing. I for one will never buy a foreign car Jap, German, English etc,etc,etc. I have all AMERICAN cars and only own 1 new car a ford escape, because they did not take the bail out. I work on all my older cars and have no need for anything else.That is why my cars will last longer than any of the foreign junk out there. my cars go back 50 years. So when you talk about economically-deficient,look in the mirror.
        wrxfrk16
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ted
        Ugh, what planet are you on? The "Jap" cars are still quite a ways ahead, sorry. For thirty grand or so, you can get an optioned new Focus or Cruze, or you can buy a year old STI, with twice the power, a better gearbox, all-wheel drive, and reliability and safety that are top-notch. And it's built in a no-landfill production plant, by a company that's donated millions of dollars to various worthwhile causes. So sorry, I'm just not feeling the shame there, just a bit vindicated every time I see someone who got fooled into a Sebring, or a Cobalt, or the last model Focus.
        coastalcondo1
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ted
        Yes, buy American....How bought buying an American made Chevy Camaro. That will help our economy. Oh wait....they are made in Canada. Well, so much for that idea. Anyway, dont buy a Japanese made Honda Odyssey.......oh wait, they are made in Lincoln, Alabama by American workers. So Ted....maybe you should do a little research before you write.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        hellyon3too
        • 3 Years Ago
        Hmmmm. Let's see, I can buy an "American" car built with parts manufactured in America, Europe, Japan, Mexico, or a "foreign" car that's assembled in America with parts manufactured in America, Europe, Japan, Mexico. I can't see much of a difference.
      ebneila
      • 3 Years Ago
      It seems comments made here more prejudiced than practical -- "Jap" is a derogatory term. Remenber it took the Japanese to remind American auto companies quality and durabilty were as important as looks. Just 20 -30 years ago, America produced nothing but junk vehicles with a built-in obsolescence of under 5 years. Even US motorcycles were junk until Harley Davison woke up to the Japanese challenge. I've owned two Mitsubishi VR-4s and had no service issues ever. If you have lots of money to waste on patriotic purchases, fine, but like myself, I will go for lasting durability and dependability. Admittedly, America has come a long way from the junk they used to make
      birds2nv
      • 3 Years Ago
      crz hopes dashed? Who cares, just less Japanese Car Junk on our shores.
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