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.