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RUMOUR: Next-Gen Honda CR-Z To Go Turbo, Get Debut By 2017?

Chris Aaron March 11, 2015 16:47

Now here’s an interesting rumour: How would you fancy a Honda CR-Z turbo hybrid? Well, it’s nothing official at the moment, but given Honda’s momentum of late (ever since it rolled back a V-TEC turbo), we wouldn’t be too surprised if it were all true.

Our friends over at Motoring.com.au have just revealed an inside-scoop from within Honda’s sacred R&D centre in Tochigi that suggests the aging CR-Z hybrid may be sorted out with a 1.5-litre VTEC turbo engine, hybrid power i-DCD powertrain, an eight-speed auto transmission and up to 200hp, or more, from it all. Yikes…

Motoring has apparently spoken to a source “very close to Honda” who said that given a current demand for more ‘hot’ cars from the likes of Honda America, Honda has turned its attention to the CR-Z to possibly deliver the goods.

The source continued to add that a “big comeback” for the CR-Z is on the cards for 2017, and that “the new coupe will be a force to reckon with.”

To keep the new model cost effective for Honda, it’s expected that the coming CR-Z will share platforms with its Civic cousin, which will grow the sports hybrid coupe up by a size or two, but still keep it significantly smaller than a Civic.

As mentioned, a new 1.5-litre VTEC turbo engine is likely to be featured, paired with Honda’s i-DCD hybrid powertrain and an eight-speed automatic transmission. A 2.0-litre turbo model has also been mentioned.

However, Motoring also disclosed that the CR-Z may in turn grow out of its current role to become a "high-performance coupe of the next-gen US-spec Civic." How all of this actually pans out, we'll have to wait and see.

 But for now, come on, Honda. Do it!

About Chris Aaron

Chris finds equal pleasures in reviewing fast cars as much as the everyday workhorses. He maintains a passion for European makes, Formula 1, playing the electric guitar and spending endless hours on the PlayStation; first-person shooters and the Gran Turismo franchise remain favourites. He also finds it strange to have written this in the third person.


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