2010 SEMA Show: Honda CR-Z Hybrid R Concept is red and sexy

Article by Christian A., on November 2, 2010

It appears that the 2011 Honda CR-Z is the most popular car at Honda’s SEMA booth as the manufacturer unveiled twelve modified sport hybrid coupes. With this car Honda wants to demonstrate that even the hybrid vehicles can be customized in order to make them more attractive.

Some of the cars unveiled at the 2010 SEMA Show include the 2011 CR-Z equipped with MUGEN accessories, Honda Performance Development, (HPD) CR-Z Hybrid R Concept, the HPD CR-Z Racer as well as several vehicles equipped with Honda Genuine Accessories.

In this article we will talk about the Honda CR-Z Hybrid R Concept, which shows an impressive new body kit as well as a big rear spoiler.

But the surprise is under the hood, where the engine delivers an impressive 200 hp and 175 pound-feet of torque. For those who don’t know, the 1.5-liter i VTEC 4-cylinder engine found in the standard CR-Z delivers 102 hp, while the electric engine delivers 20 hp.

This means that the standard version has a total output of 122 hp and 128 lb-ft. of torque at 1,000 to 1,500 rpm (123 lb-ft on CVT-equipped models). Furthermore, the CR-Z Hybrid R Concept comes with a performance clutch; limited-slip differential, ‘circuit-tuned' suspension, upgraded brakes and aerodynamic components.

The Honda CR-Z comes with an exterior that evokes the iconic styling of the CR-X of the 1980s. Honda intended the CR-X to be a small, stylish car that delivers excellent levels of fuel economy. A number of signature cues of the CR-X have been reinterpreted on the new CR-Z, such as the low shallow raked roofline and split level rear glass hatch. These elements were neatly integrated into the curvaceous and deeply sculpted exterior form of the CR-Z.

Interestingly, the shallow raked roofline and truncated tail of the new Honda CR-Z aren’t new, as they were already featured in current and previous Honda offerings like the CR-X, 1999 Insight and the FCX Clarity – all of which are wind-cheating cars with minimal aerodynamic drag for lower fuel consumption and lower emissions. The new Honda CR-Z comes with LED day time running lights positioned in the lower section of the headlights -- the first time that such DRLs were fitted on the front end of a production Honda car.

Inside, the production CR-Z boasts of an interior heavily influenced by that of the Honda CR-Z Concept unveiled at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show. This is evident on the 3D speedometer and the driver-centric cabin. Since the high-tech instrument binnacle has commonly used controls easily accessible by the driver, this means that he or she could fully focus on the road. Its dashboard features a dark upper section that seems to be floating just above a light grey lower dash portion. The lower section is continued into the center of the car’s inner door panels.

All grade levels for new Honda CR-Z are provided with six airbags, active headrests, Hill Start Assist, Vehicle Stability Assist, Climate Control, an engine start button as well as 6-speaker CD player and USB iPod link. Middle and top grades have leather seats, alloy pedals and steering wheel audio controls. Top grades of the new CR-Z are equipped with Cruise Control, Bluetooth Hands-Free Telephone controls, HID lights, Panoramic Glass Roof as well as 360W high power audio system with a boot mounted sub-woofer.

Thanks to its 2+2 layout, the cabin of the CR-Z could accommodate smaller adults or children. Its one-touch motion folding rear seats reveal a flat floored cargo area that could carry up to 382 liters, which is more or less the same space provided by most C-segment hatchbacks. Amazingly, the luggage area comes with an under-boot area of 19 liters for stowing extra cargo.

Press Release

2011 Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Dominates 2010 SEMA Show

Twelve modified 2011 Honda CR-Z sport hybrid coupes are featured prominently in the Honda booth at the 2010 SEMA Show, which opens today. As the first available sport hybrid, the CR-Z demonstrates new opportunities for vehicle personalization among the import tuner community. Several significant vehicles are being unveiled at the show, including a 2011 CR-Z equipped with MUGEN* accessories, the Honda Performance Development, Inc. (HPD) CR-Z Hybrid R Concept, the HPD CR-Z Racer and several vehicles equipped with Honda Genuine Accessories.

"With the CR-Z sport hybrid coupe, drivers can achieve the great efficiency of a hybrid car without giving up the fun that many demand from a sporty car," said Bruce Smith, vice president of Parts Operations for American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "The combination of greener practicality with style and fun makes this vehicle a perfect fit for young, environmentally conscious buyers looking to further personalize their cars."

A 2011 CR-Z equipped with MUGEN accessories is also being revealed, and Honda announced that in the spring of 2011, it will begin sales of a limited-edition MUGEN accessory kit for the vehicle. Limited to only 300 complete kits, the package includes: a full MUGEN body kit; a front grille; a rear wing spoiler; 17-inch "XJ" aluminum wheels; sport mats; a unique black aluminum shift knob and a billet aluminum oil-filler cap. Further, after purchase, each owner will receive a unique serial-number plaque designating each kit as one of 300 available. All of the painted parts will come color-matched to each of the five available CR-Z colors. Pricing details will be made available closer to the on-sale date.

Also unveiled today were two concept vehicles from HPD: the CR-Z Hybrid R Concept and the HPD CR-Z Racer. Though neither vehicle is intended for sale, HPD, Honda's North American racing company, was determined to demonstrate the potential of the CR-Z for both street and racing performance. Both vehicles share many performance enhancements, with the CR-Z Hybrid R Concept highlighting Honda-designed street styling and the HPD CR-Z Racer opting for serious racing capability. To demonstrate that capability, HPD will campaign two HPD CR-Z Racers at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill endurance race in December. HPD enhancements to both cars include: a turbocharger and upgraded IMA™ hybrid system, resulting in an estimated combined 200 horsepower and 175 lb-ft. of torque; performance clutch; limited-slip differential; ‘circuit-tuned' suspension; upgraded brakes and aerodynamic components.

Two vehicles were on display to demonstrate currently available Honda Genuine Accessories. For the CR-Z, Honda displayed a vehicle equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels; side, front lip and tailgate spoilers; a rear diffuser; an illuminated door-sill trim and an interior armrest. Additionally, a 2010 Accord Coupe equipped with dealer-installed Honda Factory Performance™ (HFP™) components melded a distinctive, custom appearance with an enhanced level of handling performance. All Honda Genuine Accessories offer the same 3-year/36,000 mile bumper-to-bumper warranty as the rest of the vehicle, when installed at the time of new vehicle purchase, and are engineered to be fully compatible with each Honda vehicle.

On display as a demonstration concept only, the Accord Crosstour HFP Concept features 19-inch HFP wheels; a full HFP body kit and front grille; a prototype lowered HFP sport suspension; color-matched door handles and special black-out door sash trim.

Reaching out to the import community, Honda invited six independent vehicle tuners to build and display their CR-Z hybrid concepts at the SEMA Show. Tuners were asked to push the limits to improve fuel economy and performance with their builds, and the vehicles on display show the variety of directions in which a personalized sport hybrid can go. Beyond this group, both the Los Angeles Auto Show and Honda Tuning Magazine displayed their CR-Z special project cars in the Honda booth.

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