Honda got spectators at the Goodwood Festival of Speed totally unguarded. The CR-Z concept, which was in Honda’s plans, was the top attraction for the spies. What followed the expected MUGEN CR-Z Concept design study model was the “RR” variant. Audience and spies were unaware about Honda’s prototype for a more race-focused model MUGEN CR-Z Concept RR.
Honda is ready to delve furthermore on the success of its eco-friendly cars and the next in the line is the CR-Z hybrid which is set for its European unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show. The hybrid which promises 5.0L petrol consumption for every 100 kilometers will be powered by a 1.5L petrol engine clubbed with an IMA parallel hybrid system. As a combination the mechanism churns 122hp of power with 128-lb-ft of torque and the economy numbers are promising when the engine is mated with a six-speed manual transmission. The exact performance details of the CR-Z are not known but a 3-Mode Drive System will allow the owners to alter the throttle, steering and idle stop timing of the commuter. Sales for the CR-Z Hybrid will begin in Europe later this summer.
For everyone’s delight, the new Honda CR-Z has been confirmed for an early 2010 release in Japan and Europe, with the Americans getting their hands on it in the second half of 2010. Although showcased at the Tokyo Motor Show with a rear seat, the final version of the Nissan CR-Z will roll out the production lines as a two-seater variant. On top of that, the Nissan CR-Z has sportier lines than the Insight, features a petrol electric hybrid that brings a combination of a 1.5-liter petrol i-VTEC engine and IMA (Honda hybrid system). More to it, the CR-Z is being lauded as the first hybrid car in world with a six-speed manual transmission. Stunning is just an understatement, isn’t it? [via WCF]
Honda calls it the world’s first sports hybrid car and the near production ready model of the CR-Z concept will be showcased at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show. First unveiled in 2007, this revised model will include a number of changes including a new hood with revised headlights and a large rear quarter window. On the rear you will find a new hatch, attractive taillights and a sturdier looking rear diffuser. One of the traits maintained from the original design is the single dial instrument cluster. As far as the engine is concerned, the concept runs on a 1.5-liter four-cylinder petrol engine assisted by Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist technology. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission which helps the car achieve good efficiency numbers.
Honda is surely keeping its word by developing more eco-friendly cars. The latest launches confirmed for the green brigade include the CR-Z and the Fit Hybrid. Honda is surely on track to develop the planned 500,000 units per year by 2012.
The Compact Renaissance Zero abbreviated as CR-Z first came into reckoning at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show. Now ready as a petrol/electric car, it will be ready by 2010 and will either use a 140 horsepower 1.8-liter engine or a 2.5-liter one. The Fit Hybrid was also being speculated since a couple of years and the production was confirmed in 2008. The market ready CR-Z will hit the market in February 2010 and Fit Hybrid will be sold by the end of that year.