Ever since its official launch, the Honda CR-Z has received prize after prize, including being named Japan’s Car of the Year. However despite these recognitions, sales still aren’t as Honda might have expected. This had lead the company to believe that hybrid cars just aren’t appreciated enough for the value they offer, so they have prepared an alternative that might make a little more money for them. The new Turbo version will drop the hybrid powertrain in favor of a regular engine offered in two different versions, with one going up to 200 HP.

The first rumors for this vehicle report that the future Honda CR-Z Turbo will take its design inspiration from the Honda CR-Z R Concept (pictured above) unveiled in November at the SEMA Show. The R Concept featured a more aggressive front grille, a huge rear wing, a lowered ride, and bigger wheels that, if taken for the Turbo, would make it look like a car we could work with.

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

Exterior and Interior

The Honda CR-Z is a hybrid sports car with a near perfect exterior design. However, the Turbo version should be a little more aggressive if it borrows the design elements from the R Concept mentioned earlier. The new front grille, rear wing, and wheels should appeal to a bigger market than the basic coupe did. The interior will also feature more sporty elements.


The hybrid CR-Z is powered by a a 4-cylinder, 16-valve, single overhead cam engine with "intelligent" Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (i-VTEC) that receives additional power from the IMA system’s DC brushless electric motor. This system delivers a total of 122 HP m and 128 lb-ft. of torque at 1,000 to 1,500 rpm.

The Turbo version will be powered by a forced-induction 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine offered in two versions, with the most powerful version to deliver 200-hp and 175 ft-lbs of torque. A significant increase over the current 122 HP.

2010 Honda CR-Z Hybrid R Concept High Resolution Exterior
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The competition on the market for the Turbo is quite strong, but Honda’s main target is theMini Cooper. The Eclipse also presented some real competition for the CR-Z, but since Mitsubishi plans to drop it, Honda doesn’t have to worry about them anymore.

With prices starting from $25,700, the Mini Cooper is powered by a 1.6-liter engine that delivers 118 HP and 175 with a turbocharger. This car has the advantage of it is offered in both coupe and cabrio version. On the other hand the CR-Z features a sportier and more aggressive design which may lead the scales to tip in their favor.

When Can I Buy One?

The turbocharged version will be offered in late 2011.

Images in this article are for the Honda CR-Z Hybrid R Concept.

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  (317) posted on 02.15.2012

Very sporty, the spoiler enhanced the racing style of the CR-Z making it look fiercer. However, it looks like a smaller Honda Jazz with just a spoiler on the back.

  (577) posted on 12.15.2011

CR-Z really looks so luscious on its body paint. I just also noticed that it looks like a Subaru vehicle because on its air intake. Moreover, I don’t like the fact that it is an electric motor.

  (1) posted on 10.5.2011

carguy07, don’t forget that H is japanese and Veloster is the same of ever, a korean. only time can demostrate the quality of cars, at this momment hyundai comes and go with models that disappear fastly, and Honda remains. The leaders of tech are Honda Nissan and Mitsubishi, koreans only try to copy. Respect the best

  (347) posted on 08.22.2011

We couldn’t admit the sportiness of the vehicle. The speed performance of the car is quite impressive as well. I hope to see a future debut of this car!

  (517) posted on 08.22.2011

I think it would be better if they haven’t used the red paint job for the vehicle. Compare to the Mini this would be better.

  (320) posted on 08.11.2011

I like the design of the car which is very sporty and aggressive, but I think the rear back of the car is lame. It is shapeless. By the way, the performance of the car is great. It really delivers a powerful output, and as a result the competition is tough.

  (14) posted on 08.10.2011

The crz turbo exterior looks awesome

  (504) posted on 07.13.2011

It is going to be a tough competition between the super cars. If it’s a turbo, this going to be fun. This Honda CR-Z has a very sporty look. This is going to be one of their winning cars. 

  (528) posted on 03.30.2011

I certainly agree with you carguy07!I have the same thought also. Anyway, Even from the beginning I don’t believe in hybrid sports car. I think we couldn’t expect better speed performance in this type of technology.

  (2) posted on 03.28.2011

Looks like if the latest news is true—that Honda will produce a turbo but unfortunately retain its lame, outdated, poor performing ima system (with only a meager 160 hp). Since making the Cr-Z a hybrid was a poor decision by Honda (it does nothing to enhance the performance of this machine as it delivers neither sporty acceleration nor impressive mpg). What was Honda thinking when an thousands of dollars cheaper Elantra delivers better gas mileage and is just as fast if not faster from 0-60 than the CR-Z which is suppose to be sporty? I give up on the CR-Z (hopefully Honda will develop a new sports coupe will genuine performance that is not a hybrid). The Ft-86 will be true sports car unlike this pretender CR-Zzzzzzz. Even the new Veloster should equal or better the performance of the Cr-z for a cheaper price and without needing to go the hybrid route (and the turbo version would make the 160 hp cr-z irrelevant).

  (211) posted on 03.25.2011

I think the spoiler is a bit exaggerated. However, the whole package of the car is quite impressive. And competing against the Mini Cooper is not that tough! 

  (410) posted on 03.18.2011

I love how Honda combines the sportiness and luxury in this car.
Those eagle-eyed headlights really make this car look so aggressive and the spoiler makes it more sporty!However, I have a little doubt about the performance of this car. I’m afraid that the spoiler would be useless. 

  (302) posted on 02.10.2011

I’m pretty sure,It is very good car,So better choice the best out of it?.

  (119) posted on 02.7.2011

Very impressive this is good that honda is improving the CR-Z. Not to mention I always thought the CR-Z should have had a turbocharged model.

  (401) posted on 02.3.2011

I’m not sure if Honda would put the rear seats back in, the old CRX and Insight didn’t have them but I guess if people give them enough feedback they might. We can only hope!

  (458) posted on 02.3.2011

I am 99% sure that it will not be a hybrid turbo engine... to complex, expensive, and heavy. The electric motor is not needed in a car as small and light as the CRZ, what they really should do is put a diesel in this thing but I will take the turbo for now.

  (808) posted on 12.14.2010

Lovely specially the red color.. honda are well know in terms of sport SIR and VTEC engine is one of the most Used racing engine in the world.

  (806) posted on 12.14.2010

looks like you guys know what to get for another long term Honda!..that is when it comes out and if it’s available to us here in the U.S for now all is here-say! ill believe it when i see it

  (506) posted on 12.12.2010

As small and as uncomfortable as they probably will be, they could be a real bonus for semi-emergencies when you need to cram a kid or two into the back. But make them fold down to form a nice flat cargo area for couples on a weekend, or even longer, vacation.

  (798) posted on 12.9.2010

Not sure about the credibility of Britain’s Autocar... but if its true... Thank you Honda. This is the news we like to hear! CR-Z Turbo... gone with the element, Hello ?Stream??? please.

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