Friday 18 March 2011

Honda confirms CR-Z Type-R will be a hybrid

In an interview with Autocar, Tomohiko Kawanabe, Honda's R&D executive has announced that the company is preparing a high-powered CR-Z hybrid.

Kawanabe said development work has begun, and despite previous reports, it will retain its IMA system.

“It’s true: we are working on a more powerful CR-Z,” he said. “Our problem with the car as it stands is that it looks very good, but it doesn’t have the performance some customers expect.”

Although Kawanabe declined to comment, reports suggest Honda may use the forthcoming turbocharged 1.6 i-VTEC.

"The decision on the engine hasn’t been made,” he said. “Turbocharging is an option, but a high-compression petrol engine would work better in tandem with a hybrid assist system.”

The problem for the CR-Z’s performance will be Honda’s efficiency targets. “It will not be acceptable for the new car to be less fuel efficient than the current one,” Kawanabe said. “The CR-Z must deliver low CO2 emissions, as well as be fun to drive.”

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