Honda CR-Z Turbo Spied
Honda is having so much luck with their CR-Z, that the Japanese auto maker is planning to offer a turbocharged engine option in late 2011 for its CR-Z hybrid coupe. This forced-induction 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine may be offered in two different versions – which includes a 200-horsepower edition for the new CR-Z Type R.
These rumors were leaked online, but could possibly come from the Tokyo hub of the company’s headquarters.
According to Britain’s Autocar, “Honda wants to broaden the appeal of the CR-Z and thinks a performance version could have considerable appeal, especially in export markets such as the US and the UK”
The 2011 Honda CR-Z recently was named Japan’s Car of the Year, with sales and a huge marketing campaign taking over the United States.
At the recent SEMA show in Las Vegas, Honda displayed several of their performance-oriented versions of the car, including one fitted with Mugen accessories and two modified by Honda Performance Development.
The “HPD” cars, dubbed the CR-Z Hybrid R and CR-Z Racer, each featured a turbocharger and upgraded IMA hybrid system, delivering a combined 200 hp and 175 pound-feet of torque.
For now, you can check out the all new Honda CR-Z sports hybrid in person at your local Honda dealership.