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New Performance-Tuned Honda CR-Z to Come in 2017

Posted by Stephen On Saturday, March 21st, 2015

Honda CR-Z part earth lover part adrenaline junkie

Honda has been on a performance streak this year with both the Honda Civic Type R and the Honda NSX Concept making their debuts.

However, it hasn’t always been so… Just 5 years ago, the CR-Z was Honda’s newest attempt at a performance-oriented model. Except it didn’t work out quite so well.

The CR-Z in its current form aims to be a budget-friendly hybrid sports car, and it’s arguably a little too ahead of its time. The image at the top of this post says it all; the car suffers from identity crisis. Environmentalists would rather have a Prius, while performance enthusiasts on a budget would rather have a BRZ/GT86, or anything with more power than the 130 hp combined system output offered in the current CR-Z.

Yeah… We’re not really sure how Honda hoped to attract anyone remotely interested in a sports car with numbers like that.

To be fair, Honda is well aware of their mistake. That’s why the Honda CR-Z has already been dropped from the Japanese automaker’s European and Australian lineups. Even if Honda decides to keep it going in the US, it’s not doing particularly well, and it’s certainly not well-known as a performance model.

That’s all going to change by the end of 2017.

2015 Honda CR-Z

An insider report from AutoExpress revealed that Honda is planning to launch a faster and more performance-focused iteration of the CR-Z in 2017, likely at the end of the year as a 2018MY.

Apparently, their source is an anonymous member of Honda’s Research and Development team near Tokyo. “Remember the CR-Z,” the insider asked. “It’s disappeared from Honda’s lineup in Europe and Australia, but it’s due to make a comeback in 2017. The old model’s weak street-cred and lack of performance have been addressed – the new coupe will be a force to be reckoned with.”

To be more specific, it sounds like Honda plans to completely strip the hybrid powertrain out of the CR-Z. Instead, they plan to put their energy into accomplishing two of their three original goals – great performance at an affordable price.

The report claims that Honda will utilize the all-new turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder that debuted earlier this year in the Honda Civic Type R. That engine will be tuned to produce 276 hp – more than double what’s available in the current model. However, there is a possibility that Honda will continue offering a hybrid version of the CR-Z in Japan, but even then it’ll be outputting northwards of 200 hp.

Either way, we’re thrilled to have another true sports car coming from Honda. It’s expected to make its debut at the 2017 Detroit Motor Show before going on sale at the end of the year. If you’d like to learn more or to see an exclusive projected picture of the new Honda CR-Z’s possible design, head over to AutoExpress and read the full report for yourself.


Japanese Car Auction Find – 2010 Honda CR-Z for Sale

Posted by Stephen On Monday, September 1st, 2014

A couple days ago Honda Performance Development revealed a new supercharger kit for all Honda CR-Zs through the 2014 model year. With a variety of tweaks and tune-ups, the HPD kit is an affordable way to turn your mildly sporty coupe into a jaw-dropping hot-rod.

But, you already knew that.

What you may not know is that our Japanese car auction system makes it even more affordable to get your own CR-Z. Which brings us to today’s auction find – a pristine 2010 Honda CR-Z up for auction in Yokohama. Check it out:

2010 Honda CR-Z front
And here’s a rear view:
2010 Honda CR-Z rear

The exterior is clearly in excellent condition, well above what you’d expect from the 41,000 kilometers on the odometer. The auction sheet at the bottom of this post will show that there are zero blemishes across the entire exterior for an immaculate rating of 5. The A-grade interior is just as good.

2010 Honda CR-Z interior

As you can see, even though this is a 2010 car, it’s far from outdated. This is the same model that won Japan’s Car of the Year Award in the year of its release thanks to a striking combination of efficiency and affordability. It also won a number of green car awards across the US and Europe, which brings us to what lies under the hood.

This 2010 Honda CR-Z runs on a 1.5L inline-four VTEC engine that produces a reasonable 156hp, paired up with Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid system. Unlike the Prius and other advanced, electric-only capable hybrids, the Honda CR-Z uses a small 20hp electric motor that accents the fuel efficiency of the petrol engine. Classified as a sport hybrid coupe, it’s not intended to match the 50+mpg of the more expensive hybrids. Instead it offers “just” really good fuel economy – rated somewhere in the 37mpg range – in exchange for a substantially lower price tag.

As for specific features, this particular model comes with automatic air conditioning, built-in navigation, power steering and power windows, along with alloy wheels to top it all off. This model year of Honda’s sport hybrid coupe is only ever available with front-wheel drive, and the pearl white paint job is even more radiant in-the-metal than it is in pictures.

If you’d like to learn more about today’s Japanese car auction find, you can find this 2010 Honda CR-Z’s auction sheet below this post, along with my full translation of the details. Alternatively, if you’d like to look through any of the 11 other Honda CR-Zs currently up for auction in Japan, it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.

2010 Honda CR-Z auction sheet

Here is the translation of the auction inspection report:

“Interior A, first registered October 2010, Alpha model, AT, AAC, original AWs, power steering, power windows, original TV, original navigation system, airbag, original HDD navigation system, rear view reversing camera, smart key, paddle shift, music server, fog lights, minor ceiling lining grime, interior trim has minor paint cracks, seats have covers fitted, luggage area cover missing, wheels scratched, scraped under front bumper, marks as per map”