Honda‘s CR-Z Hybrid R SEMA show car may be more than just a wild concept after all. According to a new report, Honda will look to offer a non-hybrid version of the car, that will instead get extra motivation via a turbocharger.
The CR-Z Hybrid R concept actually includes both technologies, helping to deliver 200-hp and 175 ft-lbs of torque. That’s up significantly from the stock 122-hp.
Of note, the high-powered CR-Z will reportedly use a slightly larger 4-cylinder engine, with a 1.6-liter displacement rather than the 1.5-liter used in the production model and in the SEMA Show concepts.
Like many automakers, Honda will look to promote turbocharging as a way to achieve high-horsepower and conserve fuel. The 1.6-liter turbocharged engine would deliver similar output to a 2.0-liter and could eventually be used in the Jazz/Fit, Civic and Accord. Different levels of tune could also be offered, with a base motor making 160-hp, while a high-performance version could deliver as much as 200-hp.