Honda’s CR-X was an epic car, especially in Si trim. Unfortunately for Honda, it was followed by the dismal DelSol, proof that even Honda can build a bad car now and then. Thus, when Honda first announced the new CR-Z, spiritual successor to the CR-X, it caught my attention.
Then my ADD kicked in, as soon as I learned that the CR-Z was first a hybrid, secondarily a “sporty” car. I’m all for saving the planet, but 122 horsepower in a car with sporting intentions? A car that weighs in at around 2,800 pounds? Sure, Honda claims that go-cart-like handling will make it an enthusiast’s car, but I’d buy a first or second generation Miata if I wanted something underpowered with faultless balance.
All is not lost, however, as internet rumors of a CR-Z Type R abound. How about 200 horsepower instead of 122? How about lots of supplementary low-end torque from an electric motor? How about a sport tuned suspension, bigger brakes and sport seats? If this mythical beast does exist, expect to see it in Japanese and EU markets first. I’m not getting my hopes up just yet, but a CR-Z Type R is one hybrid I could get enthusiastic about.
Source: Auto Evolution