Honda Planning Turbocharged Non-hybrid CR-Z: Report

Mike Stevens | Dec 7, 2010

Honda's CR-Z hybrid sports car isn't scheduled to debut here until next year, but already the Japanese carmaker is reportedly planning a more conventionally-powered version.

Reports out of Europe this week suggest that Honda is considering switching out the CR-Z's petrol/electric hybrid drivetrain for a new turbocharged 1.6 litre petrol engine.

Honda and turbocharger are words rarely seen together when it comes to road-going cars. However, with ultra-efficient small-capacity turbocharged engines rapidly becoming the norm, there is likely some truth to these reports - at least on the engine front.

According to Britain's Autocar, the new engine will make its way into most Honda models, including the Jazz, Civic and Accord. The 1.6 litre engine will reportedly utilise both turbo technology and Honda's VTEC variable camshaft system to produce equivalent to a 2.0 litre non-turbo engine.

The report adds that the engine would develop around 120kW in regular form, increased to around 150kW for performance models - pointing to a possible CR-Z Type R.

In its current hybrid guise, the CR-Z is powered by a 1.5 litre four-cylinder i-VTEC petrol engine developing 84kW at 6000rpm, paired with an electric motor producing 10kW. The petrol engine produces 145Nm of torque at 4800rpm, the Integrated Motor Assist system adding a further 77Nm at 1000rpm.

Paired with either a six-speed manual or CVT transmission, the CR-Z claims a 0-100km/h time of 9.7 seconds. Fuel consumption is listed at 7.6 l/100km in city driving, and 6.4 l/100km on the highway.

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  • says,
    3 years ago
    1 like
    Finally, Honda is listening. A 1.6 Turbo will probably be just as efficient too!
  • Howard
    Howard says,
    3 years ago
    Looks better then the current British & Jap Civic Type R (both different), If you're going to do it Honda, do it properly. VW has the foot hold for small cars lately and it's going to take a lot to try and sway the badge snobs. Only Vtec rev heads will heed the call, Quality Interior is a must, Toque Down low, minimum road noise, great chassis and reliability. Then Bang for Ya Buck
  • sammy says,
    3 years ago
    yeh howard i bet they are reading this...
  • Steve Thompson says,
    3 years ago
    What happened to Honda? They dropped the performance ball after the last proper Integra Type R and never picked it up again. Now they think 150kw in this car is going to cut it?

    I suppose they were chasing volume and achieved their goal - it's a shame is all......
    • super matthew
      Super Mattthew says,
      3 years ago
      150kW ain't exactly bad. The Golf GTI makes 155kW doesn't it? And that's a blast to drive.
  • Steve Thompson says,
    3 years ago
    Fair call Super Mattthew ^^^ The cooking version could be 150kw, the 'R' needs 180kw+ to keep pace with Golf R, Focus RS, Megane Cup Trophee...

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