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Honda CR-Z 1.5 Gets ‘Final Edition’ Spec In The Philippines 18
Jul
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Asia, honda, Honda CR-Z, new cars on 07 18th, 2016


Honda Cars Philippines has started its countdown for the new CR-Z IMA Final Edition, with customers now encouraged to hurry if they hope to end up with one, as dealerships are only accepting orders until July 31st.
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Honda To Pull The Plug On The CR-Z In North America 1
Jul
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in honda, Honda CR-Z, Reports, USA on 07 1st, 2016


Honda's compact hybrid coupe, the CR-Z, has never really caught on and now, more than six years into production, it will get the axe.
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Honda Phasing Out CR-Z With JDM Alpha Final Label 9
Jun
Posted by Carscoops Staff in honda, Honda CR-Z, Hybrids, japan, new cars on 06 9th, 2016


After more than six years of production, Honda is retiring the CR-Z. (In its home market of Japan, at least.) But before it does, the Japanese automaker is bidding the hybrid sport hatch farewell with the special edition you see here.
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Honda Gives 2016 CR-Z A Very Light Facelift 2
Nov
Posted by John Halas in honda, Honda CR-Z, Hybrids, new cars on 11 2nd, 2015


The CR-Z is having a rough time in the US with sales through September being 25 percent down to just 2,205 units, but Honda isn’t letting go and is updating its hybrid sports hatch for the 2016MY.
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Honda Gives 2016 CR-Z A Very Light Facelift 2
Nov
Posted by John Halas in honda, Honda CR-Z, Hybrids, new cars on 11 2nd, 2015


The CR-Z is having a rough time in the US with sales through September being 25 percent down to just 2,205 units, but Honda isn’t letting go and is updating its hybrid sports hatch for the 2016MY.
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Honda Is Working On An All-Electric, AWD Sports Car 29
Oct
Posted by Andreas Tsaousis in Electric Vehicles, honda, Honda / Acura NSX, Honda CR-Z, Reports, Tokyo Motor Show on 10 29th, 2015


There’s no doubt it’s taken a lot of heat for losing its sporting DNA by ditching icons like the original NSX and the S2000 from its line-up.
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Facelifted 2016 Honda CR-Z Officially Launched In Japan [80 Photos] 27
Aug
Posted by Dan Mihalascu in Galleries, honda, Honda CR-Z, Hybrids, japan, new cars on 08 27th, 2015


The spy shots of the facelifted Honda CR-Z we showed you earlier this week are the real deal – the refreshed model with cosmetic and equipment upgrades has just been launched in Japan.
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Is This The Facelifted Honda CR-Z Hybrid? 25
Aug
Posted by Dan Mihalascu in china, honda, Honda CR-Z, Honda Scoops, Hybrids, new cars, Reports, Scoops on 08 25th, 2015


Honda’s sporty hybrid, the CR-Z, has received its first makeover in 2012 and apparently a more significant refresh is on the way this year before an all-new model launches sometime in 2017.
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Is This The Facelifted Honda CR-Z Hybrid? 25
Aug
Posted by Dan Mihalascu in china, honda, Honda CR-Z, Honda Scoops, Hybrids, new cars, Reports, Scoops on 08 25th, 2015


Honda’s sporty hybrid, the CR-Z, has received its first makeover in 2012 and apparently a more significant refresh is on the way this year before an all-new model launches sometime in 2017.
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Honda Showing Revised CR-Z Hybrid In Paris 7
Sep
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, honda, Honda CR-Z, Kurt, News, Paris Auto Show on 09 7th, 2012

The S+ button inside the upgraded CR-Z

If you like the looks of the Honda CR-Z, but not its performance, we’ve got some (potentially) good news for you: Honda is hinting at a revised CR-Z, set to debut on September 27, the opening of the Paris Auto Show. While there aren’t many details revealed on the Honda Japan website (via Motor Authority), it looks like the “sports hybrid” will get revised headlights with LED accents, new wheels and an “S+” button inside the cabin.

We’re guessing that S+ stands for Sport Plus, which (hopefully) means more power from the over-taxed 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine. In its current state, the CR-Z delivers a combined output of just 126 horsepower and 165 pound feet of torque with the manual transmission, and that’s not much to move a 2,700 pound car. The CR-Z was Honda’s attempt to create a “sports car without guilt,” but instead it created a sporty coupe without grunt.

Rumors of hotter CR-Zs have popped up since the car was launched, but nothing has transpired in production form. To make the car faster, first you need to overcome the deficit of the added hybrid weight (motor, batteries and controller), and then there’s the issue of the 1.5-liter engine to contend with. If you ask us, Honda would do well to launch a gasoline-only version, powered by the 2.0-liter four-cylinder from the previous generation Civic Si. In fact, we’d be fine if Honda called it an CR-Z Si and offered it only with a six-speed manual gearbox.

It wouldn’t set sales records, but we bet it would go a long way towards upping Honda’s stock in the eyes of driving enthusiasts.



Jackson Racing Debuts Honda CR-Z Supercharger Kit 6
Aug
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, honda, Honda CR-Z, hybrid, Jackson Racing, Kurt, Tuners on 08 6th, 2012

Jackson Racing’s CR-Z supercharger kit – image: Jackson Racing

Honda’s CR-Z was billed by the automaker as the world’s first hybrid sport coupe. Truth be told, it offers neither acceleration nor handling that would even put it in the “sporty car” category, and as a hybrid it isn’t particularly fuel efficient. We still love the lines of the car, likely because they tie back to one of the best models ever built by Honda, the CRX.

There are plenty of aftermarket tuners who can make your CR-Z handle better with a set of coilover springs, lighter wheels and stickier tires. Now Jackson Racing has developed a supercharger kit for the CR-Z that works in conjunction with Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid system to deliver a 40-percent boost in horsepower and a 38-percent increase in torque.

That takes output from the stock 122 hp to 172 hp, while boosting torque from 128 pound-feet to 173 pound-feet. Better yet, Jackson Racing says the kit will still allow the CR-Z to return “excellent” fuel economy, although we suppose that depends on how much time you spend on boost.

A Jackson Racing-tuned CR-Z – image: Jackson Racing

The kit will be launched for manual-transmission CR-Z models only, and Jackson Racing says that the stock clutch can be used as long as owners don’t have an “aggressive” driving style. If you own a CVT-equipped CR-Z, there’s still a chance that the company will build a kit for your car, too – as long as there’s sufficient demand.

Prices range from $3,995 for a “tune it yourself” kit without engine management to $4,995 for a “tuner system” kit that includes the supercharger, Hondata Flash Pro, Jackson Racing’s CR-Z calibration and high-flow fuel injectors. In between these extremes is the “factory tuned” kit, which sells for $4,495 and includes the blower, the Hondata ECU reflash and high flow fuel injectors.

If you’re interested, head on over to the Jackson Racing website for complete details on availability.



Honda And Mugen Build A CR-Z We Can Love: Video 6
Jul
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, honda, Honda CR-Z, Kurt, Mugen, racing, Super-GT on 07 6th, 2012

To steal a quote from Mazda’s ad for the new CX-5 crossover, the Honda CR-Z is the rolling embodiment of compromise. Designed to be a “sports hybrid,” the CR-Z is far too numb and underpowered to be even remotely sporty, yet it isn’t particularly fuel-efficient, either. As the spiritual descendent of the much revered CRX, the CR-Z admittedly had some big shoes to fill; still, we suspect the car would be more successful if Honda had focused on either sport or economy, without trying to address both.

To go racing in Japan’s Super GT Series, Honda and Mugen have built a CR-Z to run in the GT300 class. Equipped with a twin-turbo 2.8-liter V-6 mounted amidship, the car also benefits from a Honda Racing hybrid system to provide supplemental power. We suspect the the engine and hybrid driver power the rear wheels, although we suppose the hybrid drive could have electric motors powering front wheels for added grip.

The GT300 class limits cars to 300 horsepower, so we’re fairly certain that’s what this purpose-built CR-Z puts down. We don’t have much interest in the current CR-Z, available at your local Honda dealer, but a mid-engine, rear drive CR-Z with 300 horsepower is something else entirely. We know we can’t have one, and that only makes us want it more.



A Mugen-Tuned Ariel Atom Versus… A Tuned Honda CRZ? 13
Jul
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Ariel Atom, honda, Honda CR-Z, Kurt, Mugen, Tuners, video, Videos on 07 13th, 2011

Car shows like putting together eclectic comparisons. Take Top Gear for example, who once compared a Mitsubishi Evo against a main battle tank, and routinely pits sports cars against extreme sport athletes. Still, I’m not sure any comparison I’ve seen to date is as odd as the one in the Auto Express video below, which compares a Mugen-tuned Ariel Atom to a Mugen-tuned Honda CR-Z. In fairness, they’re not running the cars side-by-side on a track, nor are they using both for a rush-hour commute. Still, comparing the Atom to the CR-Z is akin to comparing an ax to a crate of dynamite: both will take down a tree, but in very, very different fashion.

The Atom remains one of the world’s premier track-day terrors, but Auto Express shows clearly that you don’t need to trailer it to and from track days (assuming you don’t suffer from kidney stones, that is). The Mugen CR-Z is much more entertaining with a supercharger to boost output to 200 horsepower, yet it still returns up to 40 mpg if driven carefully. Perhaps that’s the most shocking part about the video: in the not-too-distant future, there will be hybrids that enthusiasts can actually learn to love.

Source: Autoexpress You Tube Channel, via Autoblog



Honda Accelerates CR-Z Turbo Production 18
Jan
Posted by Otto in Automotive, CR-Z Si, honda, Honda CR-Z, News on 01 18th, 2011

Honda CR-Z Hybrid R Concept, as displayed at SEMA. Image: Honda Motors America

It’s probably no secret that Honda Motors America didn’t buy into the “hybrid sports car” concept of the CR-Z. Give the enormous shoes the car had to fill, HMA predicted early on that the car would be a sales flop. Even in California, land of the Prius, sales of the two seat pseudo-sport coupe have been underwhelming. What the car really needs is an infusion of horsepower, some weight reduction and a switch to conventional (not regenerative) brakes. Honda’s working on just such an animal, but now comes rumor that Honda will fast-track the gas-only turbo CR-Z into production. If the “unnamed sources” are correct, the worthy successor to the CRX Si could hit dealer showrooms as early as next spring.

Two versions of the gas-only CR-Z will be manufactured; the base model will use a turbocharged 1.6 liter four to make 160 horsepower, while the tuned version (Si, presumably) will get 200 horsepower from the same displacement. That’s quite an improvement over the current CR-Z’s 112 horsepower, or 126 horsepower if you include the electric motor. Losing that motor, as well as the batteries and controller, should shave a few hundred pounds from the front of the car. Lighter weight, improved balance and more horsepower are exactly what the CR-Z needs to compete in the market, and I think the revised car has the potential of being a badly-needed home run for Honda. I can’t wait to drive one.

Source: Autocar, via Autoblog







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