The 2011 Honda CR-Z was promised to be the world's first sports hybrid. It was something that had never been done before, and still really hasn't, because the CR-Z just isn't exceedingly sporty, or exceedingly economical. Nine seconds to 60 mph is a number that could be laughed at by many mid-size sedans.
If a college kid is going to buy a sporty Honda, they aren't going to be too concerned about saving the environment. They want something that has an insanely high redline with bulletproof reliability. They want a successor to the college classic: the CRX Si. Tons of kids are seen buzzing around in tuned versions of the CRX. Honda has tried and tried to claim that the 2011 Honda CR-Z isn't a successor, but the shape and the name are too similar to be a mistake.
Thankfully, a worthy successor might be on the way.
According to Autocar, Honda may be swapping out the CR-Z's electric motor for a turbocharger in the near future. More specifically, a 1.6-liter, turbocharged VTEC-i engine is in development in Japan for a number of Hondas, including the CR-Z. This means that one of the best naturally-aspirated engines in the world might start generating the low-end grunt it has always needed. The normal version of this engine is expected to produce around 160 horsepower, but there is also rumor of a 200-horsepower version that could be premiering in a CR-Z Type R.
If this all makes it to the United States, there may be a new king of the import world. College kids rejoice.