Cover blown on CR-Z cabrio

3 Dec, 2010 2:07pm Luke Madden

Drop-top version of hybrid Honda revealed, expected to get lightweight canvas roof

The world’s first convertible hybrid is shaping up. The on-off story of Honda’s open-top CR-Z has taken a twist with the unearthing of a scale model that 
could prove the project is back in the pipeline.

Hard-top and convertible CR-Zs were reputedly developed side-by-side, but the latter was dropped in 2009 before it made production. Reports suggest Honda engineers didn’t think the weight needed to strengthen convertible bodyshells suited the car’s sporty character. 

However, this model suggests they’ve solved that problem. Taking inspiration from the Honda Open 
Study concept (main picture), which was revealed at 
the 2008 British Motor Show, this CR-Z convertible 
is given a stretched rear to accommodate a weight-
saving canvas roof. There has been no official word from  Honda yet, but a spokesman told us: “Don’t rule it out.” 

If the current 122bhp powertrain doesn’t suit the heavier car, one option could be a beefier 200bhp 
petrol-electric combination seen in the Hybrid R 
concept. This fits a turbocharger to the 1.5-litre 
engine alongside a more powerful electric motor.

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