Honda’s new hybrid sports car set for Tokyo debut

Honda’s new hybrid sports car set for Tokyo debut

hONDA'S NEW HYBRID SPORTS CAR

Honda’s recent financial turbulence meant the end to the NSX-replacement and the automaker’s F1 team, but it’s not going to kill all the fun. Honda is making plans to launch a new hybrid sports car next year based on the 2007 CR-Z concept car. The new model is currently being designed and engineered in Europe, its expected key market, and a debut at this October’s Tokyo Motor Show has been suggested by recent reports.

Designed with a retro-connection to the original Honda CRX, the production version of the CR-Z should be powered by a compact four-cylinder engine smaller than 1.5L and mated to an electric motor. The combined output for the car is expected to be around 140hp (105kW), with power sent to the front wheels.

Some other reports suggest that Honda may use a 1.8L engine. It may turn out that more than one engine is used offering the U.S. market a higher torque engine and equipping Japanese and European models with a more efficient motor.

The original CR-Z concept was described as a next-generation lightweight sports car. It features a new-look grill and aggressive wedged stance, plus a centrally mounted muffler, a rear glass hatch and LED headlights.

hONDA'S NEW HYBRID SPORTS CAR

Honda’s recent financial turbulence meant the end to the NSX-replacement and the automaker’s F1 team, but it’s not going to kill all the fun. Honda is making plans to launch a new hybrid sports car next year based on the 2007 CR-Z concept car. The new model is currently being designed and engineered in Europe, its expected key market, and a debut at this October’s Tokyo Motor Show has been suggested by recent reports.

Designed with a retro-connection to the original Honda CRX, the production version of the CR-Z should be powered by a compact four-cylinder engine smaller than 1.5L and mated to an electric motor. The combined output for the car is expected to be around 140hp (105kW), with power sent to the front wheels.

Some other reports suggest that Honda may use a 1.8L engine. It may turn out that more than one engine is used offering the U.S. market a higher torque engine and equipping Japanese and European models with a more efficient motor.

The original CR-Z concept was described as a next-generation lightweight sports car. It features a new-look grill and aggressive wedged stance, plus a centrally mounted muffler, a rear glass hatch and LED headlights.

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