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Do you remember HPD’s CR-Z Hybrid R Concept that was shown at SEMA in 2010? I’ve never stopped thinking about it. The CR-Z is the proto hybrid sports coupe that I wish had continued to be developed. If Honda were to offer a similar car today with the Civic’s 1.5-liter turbo engine and a plug-in hybrid electric motor boosting power to around 250 horses, it’d be a stellar little ride. Throw in a 30-ish mile EV-only range and you’ve got a modern day CRX that’s part HF and part Si. The CR-Z is the car that enthusiasts seem to hate, but I can’t help but love.


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CR-Z owner here — why the hell didn’t honda just through the Civic Si motor in it. I have no idea.

I do know nobody likes them and they’re dirt cheap used :)