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2010 Honda CR-Z Hybrid Sports Car Review, Video and Photo

30 September 2009 No Comment

As you may know already, Honda is very busy right now working on the 2010 Honda CR-Z hybrid sports coupe. In February 2010 the new car will make its official debut while the European market will see it by April.

So is the new CR-Z the first hybrid that you’ll actually want to drive? Honda certainly hopes so. With lines that echo the classic CR-X of the 1980s, and a look that’s changed impressively little from the design study that Honda wheeled out at Tokyo back in 2007, the CR-Z certainly ticks the correct visual boxes, but it’s what’s under the skin that will prove crucial.

Check the following 2010 Honda CR-Z Hybrid Sports Car Video out!

Fortunately, the CR-Z continues to tick away at all the right boxes. The powertrain is related to the IMA hybrid system in the insight, but the breathless 87bhp 1.3-litre is likely to be ditched in favour of a 1.5-litre unit from the Japanese-market Honda Jazz. That unit gives between 110bhp and 120bhp, so expect a power output of close to 140bhp once the electric motor has its say.

The best news of all is that the CR-Z will also be the world’s first hybrid with a conventional manual gearbox, the six-speed unit being chosen in favour of the more usual CVT transmission.

The batteries are rumored to be nickel-metal hydride rather than more modern Lithium-ion items.

When it goes on sale next year, the diminutive front-drive coupe (it’s said to be 115mm shorter than an insight, whose platform it uses) will be pitched to compete with the lower end of the VW Scirocco range and the Volvo C30, so expect a price tag of £17k-£19k.

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