Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe review

          The CR-Z represents the sixth unique version of Honda’s original IMA technology since the launch of the 2000 Insight, the first hybrid vehicle available in North America in December 1999. The foundation of the CR-Z’s hybrid power train is a 4 cylinders, 16 valves, single overhead cam engine with “intelligent” Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (i-VTEC) that receives additional power from the IMA system’s DC brushless electric motor. The i-VTEC system controls the opening and closing of one intake valve per cylinder to enhance combustion at low RPMs.

           Honda's parallel Integrated Motor Assist is best suited to peppier cars. It weighs 132lb (60kg) and it's simple; the two inches wide electric motor fits between engine and six speeds manual transmission, with the Panasonic nickel metal hydride battery and power electronics beneath the boot floor. It also leaves the driver in charge, with the electric motor adding its shoulder to the wheels under hard acceleration and at top speed, and acting as a generator in overrun or under braking. 

         Exterior styling of the CR-Z blends several design elements of the 1984 to 1991 CR-X and the current Honda Insight with the 2009 CR-Z Concept. When you look at the CR-Z, you have a strong inkling that the designers had a clear vision of what they wanted out of the starting gate: a help save the planet sporty coupe that has no equals in appearance.


           * Type of engine: 1.5 liter i-VTEC
           * Horsepower @ RPM: 122 horsepower at 6,000 rpm
           * Acceleration: 0-62mphs in 9.9sec
           * CO2 emissions:  117g/km
           * Fuel Economy: 36 city/38 highway miles per gallon
           * Price (est): $23,225

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