Honda CR-Z ‘Type R’ confirmed – report

November 14, 2011

Honda has revealed plans to develop a hotter version of the CR-Z, likely to be called a Honda CR-Z Type R. Even though cars are becoming greener and greener, it doesn’t always mean performance has to be shelved in place of environmentally-friendly technologies.

According to the Temple of VTEC, who spoke with CR-Z project leader Norio Tomobe-san, Honda is developing a sports version of the already sporty model. Many have jumped to the speculation that the sports version will be a Honda CR-Z Type R, and that it will be inspired by the Honda CR-Z Hybrid R concept (pictured), first unveiled at the 2010 SEMA Show.

Official details on the engine are yet to be finalised, but a likely powertrain candidate is a supercharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine matched to the Honda Motor Assist electric hybrid system. We can expect a combined power output of around 150kW.

It may not sound like an outright powerhouse, but keep in mind some of the latest sporty compact would-be rivals, including the upcoming Toyota FT-86 and Subaru BRZ, will deliver a similar output when they are released.

Also, the Honda CR-Z in standard form is a lightweight car, tipping the scales at 1211kg (manual), and can do the 0-100km/h dash in around 8.5 seconds using its 91kW 1.5-litre hybrid setup.

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We’d love to see a Honda CR-Z Type R come into reality, as that’s one of the elements missing from Honda these days; a proper hard-edged sports car. We all know the company is capable of doing it. Stay tuned for more updates.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

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