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…
1st Gear: We’re Not Exactly Rejoicing
Honda billed the CR-Z as a small, efficient and fun hybrid sport coupe worthy of being the successor to the giant-slaying CRX of the 1980s. In reality, it was none of those things, and lately Honda is lucky if they sell 300 of them a month. But now Road & Track reports that Honda's next CR-Z might be a proper do-over.
The Honda Insight was one of the most awaited cars of 2009. It disappointed pretty much everyone and was quickly forgotten about. The Honda CR-Z was one of the most anticipated cars of 2010. It disappointed pretty much everyone and has quietly sat in the lineup ever since. One of these cars is worth another try.
The whole point of the Honda CR-Z was that it was going to delivery a great driving experience with incredible gas mileage. Well, the mileage wasn't fantastic and the drive wasn't the best. So now HPD gave up and stuck a gas-sucking supercharger on the car.
This is the Honda HSV-010 Super GT race car and CRZ GT300 smoking like a season two Don Draper. Japan makes the best Japanese cars.
So the Honda CR-Z didn't turn out to be the CRX revival we were hoping for. Even if it's not really a sports coupe, it is a cute little hatch back. Could matte beige paint, a funky interior and orange tires add some much needed curb appeal? The French seem to to think so.
Honda created the TS-1X, a modified CR-Z, for this month's Tokyo Auto Salon. Outside of the matte-black bodywork, Honda didn't say whether Darth Vader's hybrid gets any extra Force. [WorldCarFans]
"It's ironic that the United States was the most vocal in saying they didn't want the car, but the CR-Z still made its world debut at the Detroit motor show," — Honda CR-Z's chief engineer Tetsuo Iwamura.
Honda wants you to believe that the CR-Z is the reincarnation of the legendary CRX. It should have been — and it even looks right — but it's no CRX. How do I know? I own one.
The Honda CR-Z is more than what lovers of simple, compact, sporty, lightweight Japanese cars were asking for. It's a simple, compact, sporty, Japanese car with an underpowered engine, heavy batteries, all for just 33 MPG. Not worth it.