Honda beats rivals to hybrid coupé launch
Take that, Peugeot and VW
Leccy Tech Peugeot and Volkswagen each demoed concept hybrid coupés recently, but Honda has trumped both with a soon-to-launch model of its own.
Honda's hybrid CR-Z coupé: will arrive in Blighty this summer
First seen last year and formally unveiled at the ongoing Detroit Motor Show, Honda’s CR-Z - it stands for Compact Renaissance Zero, in case you were wondering - is essentially a sporty two-door version of the firm’s Insight five-door hatchback - reviewed by Register Hardware last year.
The CR-Z draws its power from a 1.5l i-Vtec four-cylinder petrol engine – a slight improvement on the 1.3l fitted to the Insight – but has been combined with the same and rather puny 13.8bhp (10.3kW) electric motor.
Honda's Integrated Motor Assist hybrid arrangement joins the two motors together, which means no low-speed leccy-only motoring. Travelling at full speed - a CR-Z performance figure Honda has yet to release — the arrangement produces 122bhp and 128lb/ft of torque, figures that do not lend themselves to a scorching performance.
Honda's keeping mum about performance figures
The only other CR-Z performance figures Honda has been willing to release are the car’s average fuel consumption and CO2 emissions: 56.4mpg and 117g/km, respectively. Both lead us to conclude that the CR-Z’s 0-60mph speed will be pretty similar to the Insight's leisurely 12.5 seconds.
On the upside, rather than stick with the Insight's automatic gearbox, Honda has fitted the CR-Z with a six speed manual – a first for a hybrid, according to the firm.
A UK summer 2010 release date has been inked in for the CR-Z, though pricing hasn’t been revealed. ®
I have a Honda civic diesel which is quoted around 56mpg and does 0-60 in 8.9s. Whats so good about these hybrid cars with rubbish performance and still only middling fuel consumption?
Where are all the fuel cell cars?
Waste of my time
What a waste of everyones time. If they are going to make a fuel efficient car make one. If they are going to make an electric car make one. This makes no sense apart from pandering to certain interest groups.
Ever decreasing point...
Is it just me or are the electric side of things getting more of a tick box than of serious use/benefit?
Leccy car manufacturers need to start targeting the European market with it's efficient diesels/super minis. They would sell like shit off a shovel in America in the current climate...