Super Street Network

 |   |   |  2015 Honda CR-Z in Development

2015 Honda CR-Z in Development

Honda's answer to the Toyota/Subaru FR-S/BRZ sports car

Sep 16, 2013 SHARE
New Honda CR Z rendering Photo 1/9   |   New Honda CR Z Rendering

The Details:

  • New Honda CR-Z to be the flagship car for U.S. market
  • Turbocharged 1.5 liter direct injection 4-cylinder engine and 7-speed dual clutch transmission
  • More power and more fuel efficient than current CR-Z and Civic SI (220hp est.)
  • Debuts in 2015

There's no doubting it, the end product from the Toyota/ Subaru collaboration has made a huge splash in the automotive world. The sporty rear-wheel drive Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ gave a raw driving experience that many modern day cars lack. However, Honda is no push over and is stepping up to the plate with a car that's to take a roll similar to what the Civic Type R Civic Type R did for Japan. Surprisingly, it won't be a beefier Civic SI. While the Euro market is developing its newest Civic Type R, the U.S. will be turning to the Honda CR-Z platform for its hero car.

It seemed that Honda's biggest market the U.S. always got the shorter end of the stick. The SI variant is a great car, but knowing that there's something better such as the Type R has always been a bummer for enthusiasts. Same can be said for the Honda CR-Z. It's a great looking car, but lacks the excitement that the old CR-X or Civic Type R delivered.

2013 Honda Cr Z Front Three Quarters 2 Photo 2/9   |   2013 Honda Cr Z Front Three Quarters 2

Worry no more; we are happy to report that a brand new CR-Z prototype is being developed at Honda's R&D division. The body will retain the current CR-Z size, but will be implementing a modified and shortened wheelbase from the new Type R. Also like the Euro Spec Type R, the CR-Z is expected to use a turbocharged engine specifically a 1.5-liter, direct injection 4-cylidner engine integrated with an updated hybrid system.

Unfortunately, the manual gearbox will not be offered for the new CR-Z, instead a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Anticipate the CR-Z to be pushing approximately 220 horsepower, which means a more powerful car than the FR-S/BRZ and with its hybrid system a more fuel-efficient and cleaner emissions footprint too. Not only does it surpass the current CR-Z by 100 horsepower, it will also have more power than the current Civic SI. If production is held in the U.S. the car should have a price tag under $30,000,to compete with the FR-S/BRZ.

So for the first time in a long time, the U.S. market might get a proper Honda. They do hear our cries for a Type R variant. Don't expect to see it anytime soon though. Our source says the new CR-Z won't drop until after the new Civic debuts in 2015. Its debut also might be the same time a new generation FR-S/BRZ would appear. Ball is in your court Honda.

2013 Honda CR Z Side Profile Photo 6/9   |   2013 Honda CR Z Side Profile
SHARE ARTICLE
Jofel Tolosa
206 Articles

RELATED ARTICLES

BROWSE CARS BY MARKET

MORE FEATURES

No replacement for displacement?
Andrew BeckfordOct 21, 2014
The 2015 Lexus NX has just been priced to start at $35,405 for the turbocharged NX 200t.
Karla SanchezOct 20, 2014
Mercedes will expand and explore its greener side.
Erick AyapanaOct 20, 2014
Kia is thinking outside of the box for this year's SEMA show -- or maybe just with its stomach.
Alex NishimotoOct 20, 2014
Supercharged Subaru BRZ that's super clean.
Big MikeOct 20, 2014

SEARCH ARTICLES BY MAKE/MODEL

Search
TO TOP