Honda has updated the CR-Z hybrid with focus on style and performance.
The 2013 CR-Z gets a new front bumper design, which frames a revised grille, a new diffuser design and new 17-inch alloy wheels for the GT model.
The CR-Z’s 1.5-litre petrol engine has been updated to produce 119bhp (up from 112bhp).
The electric motor system packs now 15kW(up by 5kW) and the Nickel-metal hybrid (Ni-MH) battery has been replaced with a Lithium Ion battery.
Combined power output is now 135bhp and the 0-62mph time falls from 9.7 seconds to 9.0 seconds, while the top speed is 124 mph. The combined fuel consumption is 56.5 mpg and CO2 emissions at 116 g/km.
Revised CR-Z also comes with a Plus Sport (S+) boost system, that can be used when the battery is more than 50 per cent charged. When the accelerator is pressed the electric boost begins, delivering increased acceleration for up to ten seconds.
Honda has updated the sporty CR-Z hybrid with a range of improvements focusing on style and performance. Subtle revisions to the exterior and interior enhance the styling of the car whilst the power of both the petrol engine and electric motor has been increased to 137 PS without comprising fuel economy or increasing exhaust emissions. The car also features a Lithium Ion battery for the first time and a Plus Sport (S+) boost system to help the driver make the best use of this sporty performance. The revised CR-Z will go on sale in January 2013.
The 2013 CR-Z can be identified by a range of styling upgrades that emphasise the coupe’s sporty appeal. Style conscious motorists will appreciate the CR-Z’s new front bumper design, which frames a revised grille. This is complemented at the rear by 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, 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.
The CR-Z’s 1.5-litre petrol engine has been updated with changes to the variable valve timing system and Engine Control Unit (ECU). An anti-vibration knock sensor has been introduced and the material of the crankshaft has been upgraded. The peak power output has been increased from 114 PS to 121 PS.
The electric motor system has also been improved. The change from a Nickel-metal hybrid (Ni-MH) to a Lithium Ion battery has been accompanied by an increase in power from 14 PS (10 kW) to 20 PS (15 kW).
Working in unison, the Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid system now delivers a combined output of 137 PS at 6600 rpm (+13 PS) and 190 Nm of torque (+16 Nm). The 0-62 mph sprint time falls from 9.7 sec to 9.0 sec and top speed is 124 mph. The combined consumption is 56.5 mpg and 116 g/km of CO2.
To help the driver make the best use of this sporty performance, Honda has 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 ECON, Normal or Sport modes.
The revisions to the 2013 CR-Z enhance its sporty appeal without compromising its impressive fuel economy and low exhaust emissions.
Engine 1.5 SOHC i-VTEC
4 valves per cylinder
Bore x stroke, mm 73 x 89.4
Capacity, cc 1497
Compression ratio 10.4 (Honda internal figure)
Max.Power (Engine), kW/PS 89/121
Max torque (Engine, Nm 146
Max power (Electric Motor), kW/PS 15/20
Max torque (Electric Motor), Nm 78
Max power (combined)1, kW/PS 101/137
Max torque (Combined)1, Nm 190
Fuel system Honda PGM-FI Electronic Injection
Fuel rating Unleaded, 95 RON
Urban, mpg 47.1 (sport) / 46.3 (GT)
Extra Urban, mpg 64.2 (Sport) / 60.1 (GT)
Combined, mpg 56.5 (Sport) / 54.3 (GT)
CO2 emissions, g/km 116 (Sport) / 122 (GT)
Top Speed, mph 124
Acceleration 0-62 mph, sec 9.1 (Sport / 9.5 (GT)
Wheels & Tyres
Wheels 16x6J (Sport) / 17×6.5J (GT)
195/55R16 (Sport) / 205/45R17 (GT)