Fifth Gear gets first thrash in Mugen CR-Z (+video)

July 25th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

It was a few weeks back that we brought you news of Honda unveiling its latest concept car – the CR-Z Mugen at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

This hybrid-powered spiritual successor to the iconic CR-X sports coupe was built to make up for the shortcomings of the standard model with an injection of extra power and style from Mugen. This special CR-Z has retained the regular model’s mechanical hardware including the IMA electric motor and the 1.5-litre gasoline engine. But its internals have been upgraded and a supercharger introduced, there result is a power increase of more than 50% over the regular CR-Z.

Dynamic ability has also been improved by a widened track and a limited slip diff, there’s also 5-step adjustable dampers and larger stoppers. Continue reading “Fifth Gear gets first thrash in Mugen CR-Z (+video)” »

Fifth Gear Web TV – Honda CR-Z Road Test

July 2nd, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Honda tell us that it’s the world’s first sporty hybrid coupe with an electric motor assisting its 1.5 litre petrol engine. And with claims of 56 miles per gallon and exemption from the London congestion charge, it sounds pretty tempting. In this video, Graham from the Office heads to the Netherlands to be one of the first to drive the new CR-Z.

Loop the loop

December 19th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Dunlop and Fifth Gear break the world record for the highest ‘loop the loop’ ever performed in a car


U.K.’s Fifth Gear TV show cancelled

October 20th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Fifth Gear TV show

According to the British press, TV program Fifth Gear, the main competitor of the automotive show Top Gear, has come to an end. Apparently, the last season of Fifth Gear attracted just one million viewers which forced channel Five to cancel it. The information has been confirmed by Vicki Butler-Henderson, one of the hosts of Fifth Gear. The cancelation marks the end to a show that was itself launched out of the cancelation of the original Top Gear back in 2001.

An inside source said the end of Fifth Gear was not dictated by budget cuts, but by the fact the show did not make it into the top 30 most watched shows on channel Five. This had a significantly negative impact on the advertising revenue of the show.

Fifth Gear was launched seven years ago and although Channel Five was happy with the show it’s time to try something new.