Honda has updated its sporty coupe hybrid, the CR-Z, with the new to go on sale from January 2013.
The new version features increased power levels-now up to 137 PS-up 13 PS- along with subtle revisions to interior and exterior styling.
Greater performance doesn’t come at the expense of higher emissions or poorer fuel economy however, with the official CO2 emission rate actually coming down by a gram from 117g/km to 116g/km while fuel economy remains the same at 56.5mpg.
For the first time, the CR-Z also features a lithium-ion battery, while Honda has also made variable valve timing system, electric motor and Engine Control Unit (ECU) to keep fuel economy strong and weight down.
The 2013 CR-Z can be identified by a range of styling upgrades which include a new front bumper design, a revised grille, a new aerodynamic diffuser design, while striking 17inch alloy wheels fill the wheel arches of the GT model.
Two bold new colours, Energetic Yellow and Aurora Violet, (pictured) further enhance the CR-Z’s stylish looks. Honda has updated the hybrid’s interior with a new colour scheme, while revisions to the door casings improve cabin storage.
Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid system now delivers 190 Nm of torque ( up 16 Nm) and delivers a 0-62 mph sprint time in 9 seconds, down from 9.7 seconds and top speed is 124 mph.
The Japanese brand has also introduced a Plus Sport (S+) boost system. If the battery is more than 50 per cent charged, the driver can activate this system using the S+ button on the steering wheel. When the accelerator is pressed the electric boost begins, delivering increased acceleration for up to ten seconds. A flashing gauge on the dashboard indicates when the system is active. S+ can be used in all the car’s three driving modes; ECON, Normal or Sport modes.
Faye has been writing about cars and environmental issues since 2007. A suspected eco-warrior working on the corporate inside, Faye mainly likes the weird, quirky vehicles that show a distinct environmental advantage. Her ideal car has enough room to fit a bale of hay in the boot. When not working, she likes nothing better than to head out on her bicycle and explore the countryside.
September 28, 2012
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