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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.
Looks like HKS isn’t the only kid on the block looking for big horsepower gains with Honda‘s newest cool hybrid, the CR-Z. And perhaps this really solidifies a changing of the times considering Top Secret is well known for their wicked drift cars and high horsepower 350Zs and Supras. They’re also well known for their blistering high-speed test runs, so to see Smoky Nagata of Top Secret working away on Honda’s ZF1 hybrid powerplant shows that hybrids and tuning are going to go hand-in-hand for decades to come.
Aftermarket manufacturers are going crazy out in Japan over hybrids and seeing what Top Secret is developing for the CR-Z is slightly astonishing. We can’t quite decipher what’s going on from the magazine snippet – and would love if someone could offer us a translation – but Top Secret is definitely underway in producing a single turbo upgrade and even has a titanium induction kit, oil catch tank and tow hook out to the public now. The stuff comes at a price though, with $995.00 as the MSRP for the Ti Induction kit straight from Japan.
We’re sure many enthusiasts are still rolling their eyes about the idea of a hybrid being turbocharged or supercharged. But let’s face it: every automotive manufacturer will be working on developing hybrids for the future to fill out their lineup with mpg-friendly cars. It’s only natural that the aftermarket will find ways to make these eco cars more fun.
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[Source: CRZ Forum]