Honda's new CR-Z Type R

12 Feb, 2010 4:51pm Jack Rix

Honda’s eco Type R promises 45mpg economy as bigger electric motor boosts power to 200bhp

From hybrid to high-performance! Honda’s new petrol-electric coupe, the CR-Z, is being readied for Type R treatment, and Auto Express can bring you the first exclusive images of how the hot new model is shaping up.

Revealed in production trim at this January’s Detroit Motor Show, the CR-Z has already caused quite a stir by marrying a sporty three-door body with a fuel efficient hybrid powertrain – creating the world’s first truly desirable sports hybrid in the process. But the Japanese firm is going one step further with this stunning Type R version, which boasts a raft of head-turning design cues, and a more powerful hybrid powertrain under the skin.

A tarmac-hugging bodykit will create a clear definition between the standard car and this high-performance variant, and includes daytime running lights in the front apron and a black rear diffuser with integrated exhaust pipes. But it’s the colour scheme that will be most recogniseable to Type R fans.

A black bonnet, wing mirrors and wheels set against an alpine-white paint scheme will make the CR-Z stand out in a crowd. Blacked-out A-pillars are a new styling cue - giving the impression of a glass area that wraps around the car.

The standard CR-Z uses a 102bhp 1.5-litre engine coupled to a 20bhp electric motor for a total output of just 122bhp - but the Type-R is set to offer much more than that! Mugen, Honda’s official tuning arm, is reportedly being lined-up to work its magic on the CR-Z and boost its performance credentials. There had been rumours that a reworked version of the Civic Type R’s 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine could make it into the CR-Z Type-R, but because the coupe has been designed as a hybrid from the outset, a petrol-electric powertrain is a must.

The front-wheel drive layout and six-speed manual gearbox will remain, but expect the naturally-aspirated 1.5-litre engine to be cranked up to around 150bhp and mated to a larger 50bhp electric motor. The combined output of 200bhp will move the Type-R into serious performance territory with a 0-60mph time of close to six seconds, three seconds faster than the 122bhp CR-Z, and a top speed of 140mph.

The standard car’s three driving modes will also be extended to four, to include an additional Sport Plus setting. Select it and the throttle response, steering, timing of the stop-start system and the level of assitance from the electric motor will be set for maximum performance. Upgraded brakes and stiffened suspension will complete the package.

Our sources have revealed that the CR-Z Type R is already being prepared for a debut at next year’s Tokyo Motor Show before going on sale in Japan in late 2011. UK sales are set to commence a few months after that with prices starting from around £20,000.

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This is exactly my view of how petrol engined performance development should and will be!

The combination of the electric motor and a high revving petrol motor, should be a sweet recipe for all those enthusiasts wishes ever could want...

You get the benefits of power-peak of bhp at high revs with the torque and power of an electric motor down the rev range aiding acceleration and economy...A very happy marriage and one that may make diesel engines obsolete in a sporting application sense!

Honda makes superb small high revving petrol motors, and if they are also pioneering electric motor combinations for its vehicles, the future of the car is looking very rosy indeed...Bye bye diesel hot hatches/coupes and sports cars?

F1 does filter down into everyday life after-all?

Well, if they can combine 0-60 in 6 sec, 45mpg and a £20K price tag in a desirable sports coupe, Honda will have worked a minor miracle.

I would be seriously interested in this car - but couldn't live with the boy racer paint scheme of this prototype. Milano red would be good though.

This looks like the first really interesting Honda since the penultimate Prelude VTEC or the NS-X.

Well, if they can combine 0-60 in 6 sec, 45mpg and a £20K price tag in a desirable sports coupe, Honda will have worked a minor miracle.

I would be seriously interested in this car - but couldn't live with the boy racer paint scheme of this prototype. Milano red would be good though.

This looks like the first really interesting Honda since the penultimate Prelude VTEC or the NS-X.

Its going to sort of buzz and then scream. Bzzzz, waaaaa, bzzzz, waaaaa. Think i'd rather have a v8 ;-)

While the design of the CR-Z is attractive - notwithstanding the paint job on this concept rendering - Honda has once again produced a car with compromised rear visibility like the current Civic Type-R and previous generations of the CR-X.
This version appears to have a larger rear window than the bog-standard CR-Z, but neither are exactly panoramic.

Beautiful car, Honda... you are on the right track, but could have done better with a full-electric version or used an alternative to the fossil-fuel burning unit. Check out http://www.velozzi.org/Solo.ht...
Nissan and Mitsubishi are still miles ahead of Honda in development, and the more current vehicles manufactured with internal combustion behemoths, the more of these will wind up on unwanted used car sales lots in the future. Buy and manufacture electric ONLY!!

It's all very nice with conjecture - I just hope that Honda can make the road car as sexy as it looks/sounds above.

I'm a current (and staunchly loyal) Type R driver, currently rocking a Civic. If the preformance figures stack up this is the only car that might tempt me away from my petrol heaven.

Just one thought, though - where would the electricity come from? Fossil fuel burning power stations, perhaps... kind of defeats the object as far as the layman like me is concerned. Need to consider that one carefully before electric cars become "the future".

People just dont seem to get what hybrid power is all about...QS010, the Honda integrated motor assist (IMA) relies upon the petrol engine to help produce the power for its electric motor. That means you have a silent electric motor combined with the screaming V-Tec sound of the Honda petrol power unit .(heaven @8250+rpm!)
QS010 You being a Type-R owner and fellow V-Tec addict should know, that torque ain't the raison d`etre of Hondas road-racers, (its the super high revving power bands) however when you add an electric motor, you should get extra dollops of torque...instantaneous torque, that should give the "R" almost turbo-diesel like pulling power from low-revs...That's what gets me excited about this direction for sporting-Honda! Not any green credentials...Power and Performance credentials!!!

In the case of the Insight, a "parallel hybrid" system is used, where both the electric motor and petro engine directly contribute to turning the wheels of the car. With the Insight, the petrol engine is the primary source of power, just like most cars on the road today. The electric motor is then used to add extra boost when needed. Up to 50% more torque is supplied by the electric motor above what is supplied by the petrol engine.This setup has a number of implications:

Most cars have a significantly larger, less efficient engine than is needed to maintain speed. This extra capacity is only used when accelerating or climbing hills, but impacts the efficiency and "cleanliness" of the engine all the time. Using an electric motor to assist the for acceleration or climbing grades allows Insight's petrol engine to be optimized for maintaining cruising speeds.
All the energy used by the Insight ultimately comes from burning petrol fuel. This means that you just refill the Insight as you would any other car, but it means that the Insight cannot be charged from an outside source and run on electric power alone. This gives the Insight a range of over 700 miles (1150 km) before refueling, which is much more than a typical pure-electric car's range of 100 miles (160 km) before recharging. For some people this matters, for others it does not. Much debate has centered over which is preferable from an environmental standpoint. Because the Insight's engine is so clean burning, many see it as preferable to electric power that originates from nuclear and some other sources. It is certainly much cleaner in areas where coal electric generation is used.
In normal stop-and-go city traffic, a lot of energy is wasted each time you come to a stop, in the form of heat generated by the brakes. With its electric motor/generator, the Insight is able to take advantage of regenerative braking technology seen in pure-electric cars, to reclaim some of this energy that would otherwise be lost.

Just watched the new CR-Z promo video on the official Honda website, and the designers state that the CR-Z used several benchmark cars within its development stages.Amongst those cars Honda used in comparisons were the Mini, Scirocco and Lotus Elise and were all evaluated as target cars against the CR-Z in driving its road characteristics...(Honda saying in particular that the Elise gave them inspirational direction)

Really interesting

True. To have a Type R badge its got to be power hungry and slapping a hybrid inside isn't really a true Type R and shouldn't qualify for the badge. Stick a nice 2l turbo inside and I will buy one. Scrap the hybrid version...

I was so pleased to pick my hydrid Honda crz love the car but very disappointed with mileage only getting 43 mpg used to have a Saab 900 and was getting 40 mpg from that !! One of the reason we went for a hybrid was the mileage quoted in the ad .. Is there something I'm doing wrong ??

The electrick does not buzz.i wiill
just puch

Lol

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