Honda CR-Z News

  • 2016 Honda CR-Z Final Label (Japanese spec)

    Honda may not be giving the CR-Z a dignified "Final Edition" send-off in the U.S. like it did in Japan, after all; Car and Driver reported the car is officially dead. The automaker ended production of the hybrid hatchback sports car and it went quietly into the night, according to the magazine. ALSO SEE: VW commits to 30 electric cars by 2025 in new strategy To be fair, few people will miss it. Despite a refresh last year, fewer than 1,000 CR-Zs were sold in the U.S. up until the beginning of June. Why wasn't the CR-Z successful? In short, because it wasn't a CR-X. The CR-Z was a slow hybrid...

  • 2016 Honda CR-Z Final Label (Japanese spec)
    Honda says sayonara to CR-Z in Japan with Final Label

    Honda’s CR-Z, described by the automaker as a Sport Hybrid Coupe even though it’s neither sporty nor a coupe, looks to finally be on its way out. Honda recently unveiled the CR-Z Final Label for the Japanese market and it’s likely we’ll see something similar in the United...

  • 2016 Honda CR-Z
    2016 Honda CR-Z Gets Updated Look, No Extra Power

    The Honda CR-Z hybrid hatchback was originally introduced for the 2011 model year, and at the time it was hoped the car would change the perception that hybrids can’t be fun with its sporty looks and available manual transmission. That didn’t turn out to be case. ALSO SEE: 2016 Scion...

  • Four-motor Honda CR-Z, Honda R&D Center, October 2015
    Honda Studying Four-Motor EV, We Drive A Prototype

    Since the rebirth of the electric car movement this century, several automakers have toyed with the idea of powering a car by positioning a motor at each wheel. Honda may be the closest to realizing the concept. We spent a day at Honda's R&D campus a couple of days before the 2015 Tokyo Motor...

  • 2015 Honda CR-Z
    Next-Gen Honda CR-Z Coming In 2017, Will Feature Turbo VTEC Engine: Report

    Honda has developed a new turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that’s also equipped with the automaker’s signature VTEC variable valve timing technology. The engine made its debut in the 2015 Civic Type R, where it’s tuned to deliver a substantial 305 horsepower. Less...

  • 2014 Honda CR-Z HPD Supercharged
    Official Honda CR-Z Supercharger Upgrade Finally Goes On Sale

    Is it an eco car, or is it a performance model? Honda has always claimed the CR-Z hybrid is a little of both, but neither green-minded buyers nor driving enthusiasts have really been convinced. At 37 mpg combined, it's hardly a Prius-beater at the gas station, and a meager 130-hp output won't...

  • Prototype Honda CR-Z with carbon-fiber reinforced plastic body, Honda Proving Ground, Tochigi, Japan

    It looks roughly like a black Honda CR-Z with a mesh grille--at least until you get up close. Then you notice that the doors seem much shallower, and that it has strange little glass panels in the roof. But what you're looking at is no ordinary CR-Z hybrid two-seater. Instead, it's a one-of-a-kind prototype built from scratch around a carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) tub by Honda to test the effects of radically lighter body structures on a small car. We got two laps of the lightweight CR-Z on a very short cornering course at Honda's Tochigi R&D Center in Japan, part of a global...

  • 2014 Honda Civic Coupe
    Honda Reveals 2014 Civic Coupe, Promises Supercharger For CR-Z

    Honda introduced a raft of updates to its Civic sedan after just one year of sales due to a spate of negative reviews for the redesigned 2012 model. Now it’s the Civic Coupe’s turn to receive those updates, which are being rolled out on the 2014 model, previewed this week at the 2013...

  • 2015 Honda Civic Type R
    Will The 2015 Civic Type R Spawn The Next CR-Z?

    Honda is hard at work developing a new hot hatch with 276 horsepower derived from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four and directed to the front wheels only. The car is the latest version of the Civic Type R that the rest of the world enjoys, but as with the previous generation the new one will be...

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    Honda To Enter 10 Vehicles In Pikes Peak, Including Original NSX

    With each passing year, more and more OEMs are showing up at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb with the intention of taking home some trophies. The latest is Honda, which plans to campaign an unprecedented 10 vehicles across nine different classes in this year’s event, scheduled for late June. Honda...

  • The Honda CR-Z Mugen RZ
    Forbidden Fruit: Honda CR-Z Mugen RZ

    Ever since Honda launched its CR-Z “Sports Hybrid,” fans of the car and of the brand have wished for one thing: more power. Even in early 2011, less than a year after the car’s launch, there was talk about a new, more powerful version in the works. That car made its debut at this...

  • 2013 Honda CR-Z (European spec)
    2013 Honda CR-Z Preview: 2012 Paris Auto Show

    After teasing us with a few fleeting images of its updated CR-Z on its website, Honda has now released full details on the car following its debut today at the 2012 Paris Auto Show. Our prediction Honda engineers would be adding more power to the CR-Z has come true, though the new figures are...

  • Honda teases updated CR-Z

    Honda has launched a cryptic teaser video on its Japanese website that flashes several images of the CR-Z and the date September 9. We know that’s the date of the opening press day of the 2012 Paris Auto Show, so it’s likely Honda will unveil an updated version of the CR-Z at the event. The video gives us a glimpse of one of the CR-Z’s headlights, as well as a new wheel pattern. However, the biggest surprise is a new button marked “S+” located inside the cabin. There’s no way to tell what the new button is for, though traditionally a button with an S on it...

  • Jackson Racing supercharger for the Honda CR-Z
    Supercharger Kit Promises To Make Honda CR-Z 40% Less Uninspiring

    If, like us, you were hoping the Honda CR-Z would be the perfect balance of sport and hybrid, then you were probably, like us, disappointed to drive the real thing. Mixing what seems like the worst of both worlds, the CR-Z isn't exactly bad, but it's certainly uninspiring. Jackson Racing seeks to...

  • 2012 Mugen CR-Z GT Super GT race car
    Honda To Race CR-Z Hybrid In Japan’s Super GT Series

    The racing version of the Honda CR-Z gets a twin-turbocharged 2.8-liter V-6 and custom hybrid system.

  • Honda CR-Z iCF by Mugen Euro
    Mugen Enhanced Honda CR-Z iCF Goes On Sale In UK

    Following a successful program launch at the 2011 Goodwood Festival of Speed back in July, Honda’s British unit has joined forces with the automaker’s official in-house tuner to launch a 130-plus mph version of its CR-Z hybrid hatch. With almost 50 percent more power than the standard...

  • Mugen Euro high-performance Honda CR-Z Hybrid
    Supercharged Honda CR-Z Mugen Hits The Road: Video

    At this past weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans race, Honda showed off a fully customized CR-Z race car, which featured a claimed output of 200 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. However, it isn’t the only force-fed CR-Z we’ve seen in recent months. You may recall that...

  • Honda CR-Z Racer
    Honda CR-Z Racer Preps For Exhibition Laps At Le Mans

    At last year's SEMA show, Honda and its HPD division came to the plate with no fewer than a dozen different concepts. One of them was the CR-Z Racer you see above. Today, Honda announced the turbocharged race concept will strut its stuff in an exhibition event before the start of the 2011 24 Hours...

  • Mugen Euro high-performance Honda CR-Z Hybrid

    Exactly two months ago Honda’s tuning arm, Mugen (more specifically Mugen Euro), announced plans for the development of a high-performance Honda CR-Z hybrid hatch and released a couple of teaser sketches. Today, Mugen Euro has revealed its latest creation, the CR-Z Mugen, which will be making its first official public outing at July’s 2011 Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK. Thanks to a string of modifications including enhancements to both the hybrid hatchback's 1.5-liter i-VTEC gasoline engine, which now sports a custom supercharger, as well as the Honda IMA system...

  • Honda CR-Z Mugen concept
    Report: More Powerful Honda CR-Z Hybrid 'Is' Coming

    There’s been talk of a more powerful Honda CR-Z in the works ever since the hybrid ‘hot’ hatch was first launched. This was mostly because the car that was billed as the first sporty hybrid was neither sporty nor even that fuel efficient, with official performance specs coming in...

  • Mugen Euro high-performance Honda CR-Z preview sketch
    Mugen Euro Announces Development Of High-Performance Honda CR-Z

    Performance hybrids seem to be the order of the day, with Porsche just moments ago unveiling its second-generation 911 GT3 R Hybrid 2.0 and now Mugen Euro announcing plans for the development of a high-performance Honda CR-Z. For those unaware of Mugen, the name applies to a motorsports and...

  • 2011 Toyota FT-86 II Concept
    Toyota Rumors: FT-86 May Be a Hybrid

    Fast fact: the 1980s Honda CRX, even in sporty Si trim, regularly got above 50 miles per gallon in normal driving. That's not the EPA rating, but it's what drivers are used to. It was also one of the fastest, cheapest little roller skates, and people still hunt them down because of how fun they are...

  • Mugen 2011 Honda CR-Z
    Just What the 2011 Honda CR-Z Needed: A Turbo

    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...

  • Honda CR-Z Mugen concept
    Report: Honda CR-Z With Turbocharged Four-Banger Planned

    The Honda CR-Z currently has a sole powertrain option, a finicky hybrid system consisting of a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to the automaker’s Integrated Motor Assist (IMA). The setup is good for 122 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 128 pound-feet of torque from 1,000-1,500 rpm, figures...

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