Updates to the Honda CR Z coming
The 2013 Honda CR-Z can be identified by its range of styling upgrades that emphasize its sporty appeal. Style conscious motorists will appreciate the Honda 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 Honda CR-Z 1.5-litre petrol engine has been updated with changes to the variable valve timing system and Engine Control Unit. 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 114PS to 121PS.
The electric motor system has also been improved, now featuring a Lithium Ion battery. This increased power from 14 PS (10 kW) to 20 PS (15 kW).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), allowing for a 0-62 mph sprint time of 9.0 sec and a top speed of 124 mph. The combined consumption is 56.5 mpg and 116 g/km of CO2.
To help the driver take advantage of this sporty performance, Honda has introduced a Plus Sport (S+) boost system. If the battery is more than 50% charged, the driver can activate this system by pressing the S+ button on the steering wheel. When the accelerator is pressed, the electric boost will begin, providing increased acceleration for up to 10 seconds. A flashing gauge on the dashboard will indicate when the system is active. S+ can be used in ECON, Normal, or Sport modes.