2013 Honda CR-Z

Honda unveiled the CR-Z back in 2010, but it looks like the little sports coupe is going to receive its first facelift treatment a little earlier than anticipated. The new CR-Z made its official debut at the 2012 Paris Auto Show and will go on sale in January 2013.

The updated CR-Z has received subtle revisions to the exterior and interior, with the biggest changes being made under the hood. The 1.5-liter petrol engine has been tweaked to deliver an extra 7 horsepower and the electric motor an extra 6 horsepower. With a total of 137 horsepower, the CR-Z will now sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 9 seconds (down from 9.7 seconds).

The new CR-Z has also received a Plus Sport (S+) boost system that delivers increased acceleration for up to ten seconds when the battery is more than 50% charged.

UPDATE 11/19/2012: Honda U.S.A. has announced prices for the 2013 CR-Z that will go on sale November 21, 2012. Prices will start from $19,975 for the standard version and from $21,655 for the EX version.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Honda CR-Z.

Exterior and Interior

Honda CR-Z

The exterior changes for the facelift CR-Z are minimal and include a new front bumper design with a revised grille and a new aerodynamic diffuser design. The GT models will receive new 17-inch alloy wheels and customers will have the possibility of choosing between two new exterior colors: Energetic Yellow and Aurora Violet.

On the inside, the only changes include the addition of a new color scheme plus the revision of the door casings.

Engine

Honda CR-Z

While the exterior and interior changes of the CR-Z were minimal, the engine changes were more than enough to compensate. Honda revised both the 1.5-liter petrol engine and the electric motor. The petrol engine now boasts changes to the variable valve timing system and engine control unit (ECU) and it delivers a total of 121 horsepower (up from 114 horsepower). The electric motor now takes its power from a lithium-ion battery and delivers a total of 20 horsepower (up from 14 horsepower).

Combining the two motors, the Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid system now delivers a combined output of 137 horsepower at 6,600 rpm and a peak torque of 140 pound-feet. As a result, the 0-to-60 mph sprint time in now made in 9.0 seconds (down from 9.7) and the CR-Z now features a top speed of 124 mph.

The CR-Z has also received a Plus Sport (S+) boost system that can be activated using the S+ button on the steering wheel. This new system delivers increased acceleration for up to ten seconds when the battery is more than 50% charged.

Technical Specifications

Honda CR-Z
Technical Specifications
Engine1.5 SOHC i-VTEC; 4 valves per cylinder
Bore x stroke, mm73 x 89.4
Displacement, cc1,497
Compression ratio10.4-to-1 (Honda internal figure)
Max.Power (Engine), kW/PS @rpm89/121 @ 6,600 rpm
Max torque (Engine, Nm146 @ 4,800 rpm
Max power (Electric Motor), kW/PS @rpm15/20 @ 2,000 rpm
Max torque (Electric Motor), Nm @rpm78 @ 1,000 rpm
Max power (combined), kW/PS @rpm101/137 @ 6,600 rpm
Max torque (Combined), Nm @rpm190 @ 1,000-2,000 rpm
Fuel systemHonda PGM-FI Electronic Injection
Fuel ratingUnleaded, 95 RON
Fuel Consumption
Urban, mpg47.1 (sport) / 46.3 (GT)
Extra Urban, mpg64.2 (Sport) / 60.1 (GT)
Combined, mpg56.5 (Sport) / 54.3 (GT)
CO2 emissions, g/km116 (Sport) / 122 (GT)
Performance
Top Speed, mph124
Acceleration 0-62 mph, sec9.1 (Sport / 9.5 (GT)
Wheels & Tyres
Wheels16x6J (Sport) / 17x6.5J (GT); 195/55R16 (Sport) / 205/45R17 (GT)

Prices

ModelTransmissionMSRPEPA City/Hwy/Combined MPG
CR-Z6-Speed Manual$19,97531/38/34
CR-ZCVT1$20,62536/39/37
CR-Z EX6-Speed Manual$21,65531/38/34
CR-Z EXCVT$22,30536/39/37
CR-Z EX w/ Navigation6-Speed Manual$23,15531/38/34
CR-Z EX w/ NavigationCVT$23,80536/39/37

Competition

Honda CR-Z

At this point, the list of hybrid sports coupe is limited, but there are still plenty of models that deliver the same performance numbers as the CR-Z. Our favorite is the new Hyundai Veloster . It is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 138 horsepower — a little bit more than the CR-Z. When it comes to exterior look, it’s a bit difficult to choose. The CR-Z is a more elegant and looks more appropriate for your wife’s garage, while the Veloster features a more aggressive look and we find it a better car for a man looking for a small adrenaline rush.

LOVE IT
  • Revised interior and exterior
  • More powerful hybrid system
  • Improved performance numbers
LEAVE IT
  • Still slower than it looks
  • We can find more powerful competition out there
  • sub-par fuel economy for a hybrid

20 comments:

i think the interior of this car is very well made. the dash board looks very fresh and advanced. and all the things you need are easily accessible.

i think the interior of this car is a great place to be in. it looks very futuristic and that is great.

i know the s2000 had the same problem. it had 240 HP, which was great, but only 180 ft force.

i think the guys at honda hate torque! only 140 pound-feet?

i think it has good performance for the 137 HP it has. and the electric engine heps in that respect.

it looks like a pocket racket. too bad it does not go like one smiley

i think you guys are wrong. this is not a M3 killer. it is sportier than a regular car. it is small. it looks good. it is economic. it has lots of things going for it!

you are right about that midocar. i mean, 0-60 MPH in 9 seconds is not sport.

it may be elegant, but i do not think it is a sport car.

i think the veloster is a bit more...sporty. and it even has a more aggressive look. the honda is somewhat more settled.

a hybrid car that starts from 20.000$ is an option to be considered.

a small sports car is not something to be neglected. i like it.

front seems, indeed, pretty monotonous, in my opinion. however, the overall opinion is good

anyway, i like the way it looks. the back and the lateral view are nice, but i don’t realy like the front. not sure why

those who are looking for sporty cars aren’t looking for tree-hugging vehicles.

Only a handful of people are still buying the slow, dismal handling CR-Z.

This mild refresh isn’t going to bring more novelty fans, my opinion

It’s a working hybrid, sports car, and only costs $23 grand loaded.

Lithium batteries are more finicky and Honda hasn’t had great track record with hybrid batteries to start with...

I really like´╗┐ the new front-end styling. niiice!

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