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Modifying hybrids has turned into a solid market out in Japan, and one of the oldest aero kit designers has joined in on the fun. In the late 1990s, C-West had immersed itself into the American market with its popular Honda and Acura body kits but recently the buzz for C-West’s infamous styling had subsided. We did report last year in April that C-West would be developing a kit for the CR-Z and now we’re finally able to enjoy the finished (and real) product.
C-West is offering two different front ends for the hybrid CR-Z; one which is a front half spoiler (add-on lip) and the other being a full bumper replacement that sports traditional C-West styling. Fitting with either front end is a pair of side skirts and a rear half spoiler that makes the CR-Z quite a bit more aggressive.
In addition to the four piece body kit, C-West also offers a rear spoiler and a hood for the CR-Z.
Overall the CR-Z market is shaping up to be very attractive – perhaps it’ll do a better job than the Fit did in bringing Honda back to becoming popular among the sport compact enthusiasts.
GALLERY: C-West Honda CR-Z
[Source: Farm of Minds]
With the overwhelming amount of aftermarket manufacturers tuning hybrids at this year’s Tokyo Auto Salon, it’s no surprise that C-West has also hopped on the bandwagon. Interestingly enough, we haven’t heard much news from C-West over in North America. Several years back they made a strong push and presence Stateside with their full-carbon record-setting Time Attack S2000 in addition to the popularity of their kits, especially amongst the Honda Civic EK crowd.
Perhaps to gain some momentum back in North America, C-West is current developing new kits for Honda’s popular hybrids, the Insight and the CR-Z. Mazda’s RX-8, though probably not the most popular chassis around, will also get a kit that is reminiscent of traditional C-West styling. C-West is definitely hitting the mark on the Honda bodies with these renderings. Keeping with the theme of being conservative with a hybrid, both the Insight and CR-Z kit aren’t over-the-top, having subtle lines that accentuate the natural body lines of both cars. We are excited to see these in person!