Paris 2012: Honda CR-Z, now almost sporty
Hybrid coupe gets a small but welcome power boost for '13 - and some new colours...
That old-school single-cam lump has had its valve timing fettled, hoisting the output from 114hp to 121hp. The electric motor now pumps out 20hp and gets its juice from a Lithium Ion battery for the first time, which as any fool who has used a drill will know is always the best choice. The battery has a Plus Sport (S+) boost function for loosening particularly awkward screws. With at least 50 per cent charge on board you can press a button to ‘engage warp drive’, giving increased acceleration for up to 10 seconds. A bit like KERS, then, only not quite as exciting.
So that folk know you’re humming around in the latest model, there are styling revisions inside and especially outside, where you’ve got a new front bumper, grille, rear diffuser, new 17-inch alloys, and a couple of new colours, Aurora Violet as you see here, and the no doubt equally sudden Energetic Yellow.
The revised CR-Z goes on sale in the UK in January 2013.
except that violet colour...
I want to love these Honda folks, but they've been off the road and in the ditch for quite some time. Nice lawnmowers though...
Is it really that hard Honda?
Having ONE car in their line up that does this in my opinion would at least give Honda slight credibility back. If the punter wants to fork out the best part of a grand as showroom tax that's up to them, but at least they would have their finger in the pie of a performance vehicle again.
Other manufacturers (at least for the minute), still have engines with similar emissions in their line up. Honda COULD if they really wanted to include the 2.0 iVtec im sure.
But that's the problem with this hybrid technology, it adds so much weight.
It has to be the laziest, poorest excuse for "progress" there is. You want a more economical car? Make it heavier.