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.

  • 2013 Honda CR-Z
  • Year:
    2013
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    hybrid
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    137 @ 6600
  • Torque @ RPM:
    140
  • Displacement:
    1.5 L
  • 0-60 time:
    9 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    124 mph
  • car segment:
  • car fuel:
  • body style:

Exterior and Interior

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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

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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

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Technical Specifications
Engine 1.5 SOHC i-VTEC; 4 valves per cylinder
Bore x stroke, mm 73 x 89.4
Displacement, cc 1,497
Compression ratio 10.4-to-1 (Honda internal figure)
Max.Power (Engine), kW/PS @rpm 89/121 @ 6,600 rpm
Max torque (Engine, Nm 146 @ 4,800 rpm
Max power (Electric Motor), kW/PS @rpm 15/20 @ 2,000 rpm
Max torque (Electric Motor), Nm @rpm 78 @ 1,000 rpm
Max power (combined), kW/PS @rpm 101/137 @ 6,600 rpm
Max torque (Combined), Nm @rpm 190 @ 1,000-2,000 rpm
Fuel system Honda PGM-FI Electronic Injection
Fuel rating Unleaded, 95 RON
Fuel Consumption
Urban, mpg 47.1 (sport) / 46.3 (GT)
Extra Urban, mpg 64.2 (Sport) / 60.1 (GT)
Combined, mpg 56.5 (Sport) / 54.3 (GT)
CO2 emissions, g/km 116 (Sport) / 122 (GT)
Performance
Top Speed, mph 124
Acceleration 0-62 mph, sec 9.1 (Sport / 9.5 (GT)
Wheels & Tyres
Wheels 16x6J (Sport) / 17x6.5J (GT); 195/55R16 (Sport) / 205/45R17 (GT)

Prices

ModelTransmissionMSRPEPA City/Hwy/Combined MPG
CR-Z 6-Speed Manual $19,975 31/38/34
CR-Z CVT1 $20,625 36/39/37
CR-Z EX 6-Speed Manual $21,655 31/38/34
CR-Z EX CVT $22,305 36/39/37
CR-Z EX w/ Navigation 6-Speed Manual $23,155 31/38/34
CR-Z EX w/ Navigation CVT $23,805 36/39/37

Competition

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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.

  • Leave it
    • * Still slower than it looks
    • * We can find more powerful competition out there
    • * sub-par fuel economy for a hybrid
What do you think?
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20 comments:

  (305) posted on 11.20.2012

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.

  (302) posted on 11.20.2012

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

  (312) posted on 11.20.2012

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

  (305) posted on 11.20.2012

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

  (422) posted on 11.20.2012

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

  (452) posted on 11.20.2012

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

  (516) posted on 11.20.2012

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!

  (509) posted on 11.20.2012

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

  (475) posted on 11.20.2012

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

  (509) posted on 11.20.2012

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

  (542) posted on 11.20.2012

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

  (516) posted on 11.20.2012

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

  (349) posted on 11.20.2012

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

  (397) posted on 11.20.2012

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

  (346) posted on 11.20.2012

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

  (397) posted on 11.20.2012

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

  (377) posted on 11.20.2012

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

  (341) posted on 11.20.2012

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

  (346) posted on 11.20.2012

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

  (349) posted on 11.20.2012

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

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