SEMA 2010: Honda CR-Z Concepts Attempt To Change Public’s Perception

Honda CR-Z

It’s safe to say that the Honda CR-Z has been given a solid reception by everyone outside the “enthusiast” community. Sales have been brisk and reviews are generally positive, but car lovers seem unable to accept the “hybrid” part of the equation.

Honda gave a few tuners the chance to trick out a CR-Z, and some came back with turbocharged monsters, while others returned with vinyl wraps and big wheels. We think the six cars cover the spread pretty well, but we’ll let you decide. You can check out the pictures below, and hit the jump for the official specs.

Gallery: Bismoto Honda CR-Z

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Gallery: Fortune Honda CR-Z

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Gallery: Eibach Honda CR-Z

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Gallery: Honda Tuning Honda CR-Z

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Gallery: Wraptivo Honda CR-Z

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11/02/2010 – LAS VEGAS Reaching out to the import community, Honda invited six independent vehicle tuners to build and display their CR-Z hybrid concepts at the 2010 SEMA Show. Tuners were asked to push the limits to improve fuel economy and performance with their builds, and the vehicles on display show the variety of directions in which a personalized sport hybrid can go.

Honda invited the tuners to tell the stories of their cars, and those details are provided below.

All modification information listed was provided by the vehicle builders and has not been confirmed by American Honda Motor Co., Inc. The modifications to these vehicles may void the manufacturers warranty, may not be legal for street driving in all 50 states and have not been specifically suggested, recommended or approved by American Honda Motor, Inc.

Company Name: Bisimoto Engineering Name of Vehicle: Bisimoto 2011 CR-Z

Bisimoto Engineering is known worldwide for awe-inspiring street, show and race vehicles. With no fear of the unknown, Bisimoto is always on the cutting edge of automotive technology. The Bisimoto 2011 CR-Z was no exception with a 533+ hp turbocharged hybrid powerplant, which retains the drivability, reliability and eco-friendly nature of the original engine.

Powertrain Modifications: Bisimoto built 1.5L LEA1 engine Bisimoto valvetrain, rods, turbo kit, intake gasket, and level 2.4 camshaft Arias Pistons AEM EMS Torco Oils Turbonetics Billet turbocharger, blow-off and intercooler Golden Eagle sleeved block Griffin Radiator Supertech valves Kinsler fuel rail, filter and injectors ARP head studs K&N Oil filter Portflow custom head Custom Bisimoto 70mm throttle body

Chassis/Suspension Modifications: Steen 6-point roll cage Progress coil-over suspension and sway bar Bisimoto-Savini 18×9 wheels Falken 225/40-18 tyres Bisimoto-spec Action 2MS Clutch Buddy club racing steel lug nuts Stoptech brakes

Exterior Modifications: Gatorwrap custom laminated body wrap Type 2 graphics Bisimoto-VIS carbon fibre hatch and wing Burns Stainless muffler

Interior Modifications: Buddy Club P1 racing seats and harness L&T interior paint Bisimoto reservoir socks Rywire harness

Company Name: DSO Eyewear Name of Vehicle: The DSO 2011 CR-Z Sport Hybrid Tuner

DSO Eyewear’s Chris Mangum Created a Unique CR-Z with Aggressive lines enhanced with striking custom two tone paint with Carbon fiber and black accents. The CR-Z is influenced by West Coast automotive culture with large 19” wheels, Low stance Leather and Suede appointed interior with painted matching accents. The CR-Z features an All-Star line up of accessories from the highest caliber aftermarket companies in the world.

Power Train Modifications: HKS: Silent Hi-Power fully polished stainless steel exhaust system HKS: Racing Suction Reloaded Intake system Odyssey: “The Extreme Battery” Amsoil: 0–30 Oil Dominator motor oil

Chassis/Suspension Modifications: Brembo: Gran Turisomo brake system HKS: Hipermax III adjustable suspension series Eibach: Performance Tuned Sway Bars

Exterior Modifications: BASF: Supplied Onyx HD paint in custom Pearl White and matched Storm Silver with Deep Black accent color. Finished with three wet coats of R-Ms DC5800 urethane clear coat. L & G Enterprises: Applied and finished paint. Continental Tire: Extreme Contact DWS tires. 225/35ZR19s Front 235/19ZR19 Rear Axis Wheels: Evolve wheel from the EXE wheel line fitted 19″x8.5″ T-REX Grills: Custom-made Upper Class Mesh Grill constructed from 0.105” fine wire, Powder coated sinister satin matt black. Upper class mesh was also used in the Hood, front air dam and rear diffuser. PIAA: D2S 6600K HID Bulbs (low beam), 9005 Extreme White Bulbs (high beam), Plasma Ion H11 bulbs fog lamp bulbs PForza Hybrid Wiper Blades (26” & 20”) Hyper Tera LED Dome Light Bulbs. Seibon: Carbon Fiber dual vented hood with fiberglass liner and Rear diffuser.

Interior Modifications: Katzkin Leather Interiors: Midnight Tuscany Leather with silver suedzkin inserts appointed with white contrast stitching fitted over front seats. Interior appointed items were covered in Silver Suedezkin with Tuscany accents. The complete Headliner, pillars, door panel inserts were covered in Suedezkin. Painted Interior Parts: L&G /BASF painted selected interior parts in matching black contrast to tie in the exterior theme. Rockford Fosgate: Rockford 3Sixty.2 digital signal processor was chosen for factory navigation head unit integration. The 3Sixty.2 transfers 153 bands of adjustable signal to two Power series amps. The T400-4 amplifier provides 400 watts of RMS power to the NEW Rockford Fosgate Power series full-range separates, T1652-S. The bottom end in this system is provide by the T1000-1bd amplifier paired with two P2 Punch 10” subwoofers, delivering a 1000 watt bass.

Misc: Escort Inside: PASSPORT 9500ci Custom Installed Radar and Laser Defense System Star Shield Armor: Invisible bra Coverking: Stain Stretch custom interior car cover and floor mats Enfotrace: GPS Tracking System keeps tabs of the location in real-time online via Enfortrace website interactive tracking program. Mothers: Polishes – Waxes – Cleaners Honda Genuine Accessories: LED-Illuminated Doorsill Trim, Front lip Spoiler, Tailgate Spoiler painted in black bodyline accent color. To set the rear of the CR-Z the Rear Diffuser design was re-worked in carbon fiber.

Company Name: Eibach Springs, Inc. Name of Vehicle: Eibach Springs 2011 CR-Z

“Green Meets Go. Who knew saving our planet could be so fun?” The basic concept of Eibach’s build was a vehicle that could be driven 100+ miles a day, get incredible mileage and still be a lot of fun and look good. This CR-Z will be a daily driver for an Eibach employee but also has the performance and tuning to be used for weekend track events 2-3 times a month.

Powertrain Modifications: Custom K&N intake Custom Magnaflow exhaust

Chassis/Suspension Modifications: Eibach Pro Street-S coilovers Custom roll bar by Rally Innovations

Exterior Modifications: C-West front spoiler C-West rear diffuser C-West side skirts MUGEN rear spoiler Work Emotion 11R 17×8 Wheels Work Lugnuts Toyo R888 Tires Vinyl wrap by Rally Innovations

Interior Modifications: Sparco Fighter bucket seats Sparco steering wheel Sparco harnesses

Company Name: Fortune Motorsports / Tjin Edition Name of Vehicle: Fortune Samurai Gold 2011 Honda CR-Z

Warren Shim-Quee of Fortune Motorsports has teamed up with Tjin Edition to build the ultimate Honda CR-Z. The company’s goals were to build an eco-friendly, fun daily driven Honda CR-Z. The Fortune Motorsports Honda CR-Z was built in conjunction with American Honda Motor Co., Inc., and some of the best manufactures in the industry. The Fortune Motorsports Honda CR-Z has been completely transformed by JD Motorsports into the ultimate daily driver, which will not only turn heads on the road, but also at shows across the Country.

Powertrain Modifications MagnaFlow Performance exhaust system Toucan air filter

Chassis/Suspension Modifications Air Lift fully digital air suspension ADV.1 ADV10 Track Spec Wheels 225/35/18 235/35/18 Falken Ziex Tires Custom Baer T4 big brake calipers and rotors

Exterior Modifications HKS Kansai front short lips DuPont Samurai Gold Paint Wraptivo Vinyl Wrap (hood and roof) Webasto sunroof Light WurkZ LED headlights Honda Access window visors Trent Trick Upholstery billet bolts Custom Tjin Edition emblems Ignited Performance HID’s

Interior Modifications Zeal Function Bucket seats Gene Tjin diamond stitched interior Status Racing harnesses Ractive shifter and pedals Duerstock Harness Bar Image Dynamics 6” mid range speakers Image Dynamics Subwoofer Auto Meter / STACK Gauges

Company Name: Konig Wheels Name of Vehicle: Konig Wheels 2011 CR-Z

The “Green” essence is being interwoven into mainstream living. Younger generations are embracing a cleaner lifestyle. This change doesn’t mean that they’ll give up cars. They’ll just make cleaner choices. The Konig CR-Z is an illustration of embracing an active lifestyle while living cleaner! Rolling around the streets in a slightly lighter, much cleaner, more powerful, precisely handling car that can stop on a dime is nice, but being able to jump out of that car and right onto your bmx bike or skateboard is what it’s all about. Turn the music up, plug in your external speaker and enjoy your tunes while doing what you love!

Powertrain Modifications: Weapon-R Cold Air Intake Weapon-R Performance Exhaust Weapon-R Race Header

Chassis/Suspension Modifications: Konig – Milligram 18×8.5 Lightweight FRT Technology Wheels Neuton 225/40R18 UHP Tires Eibach Lowering Springs Wilwood 4 Piston Front & 2 Piston Rear Brakes Weapon-R Lower chassis brace

Exterior Modifications: Vision Auto Dynamics Aero Lip Kit BASF – Paint and Materials Santini Paint & Body – Paint Work Thule – Bike Rack DK Bikes – BMX Bike Seibon Carbon Fiber Hood

Interior Modifications: Sparco Chrono Road Seats Alpine Head Unit Kicker Audio – Speakers- (4) 6.5” RS65.2 Components, Kicker Audio – Subwoofers: (2) 8” Solo Baric S8L5, (1) 8” CVT Shallow Mount Kicker Audio – Amplifiers: (1) ZX700.5 4 Channel, (1) IX1000.1 1000 watt Mono, (1) IX500.4 4 Channel amp Kicker Audio – All Wiring, Terminals, Connectors Custom Skateboard Rack / Cooler / Trunk Design by Tim Willis & Whitfield Racing

Company Name: Wraptivo – Designer Car Wraps by Meguiar’s Name of Vehicle: Wraptivo 2011 CR-Z Type-F Concept Project Builders: Street Concepts, HKS, SPD MetalWorks, Evasive Motorsport Project Director: RJ de Vera

The goal for the Wraptivo™ Honda CR-Z Type-F Concept is to evoke the notion of fun, which lies at the core of the CR-Z DNA while also giving a nod to the spirit and Honda heritage of the CR-Z. The vehicle is wrapped with Wraptivo™ Matte Black and Carbon Black Film while small accents are left in gloss black. The CR-Z acts as a canvas for Wraptivo -designer car wraps by Meguiar’s to showcase its vehicle wrap options and give customizers a preview of how they can take advantage of this technology as a new way to protect their factory paint while also having the ability to easily change the look of their vehicle.

Exterior Aesthetics Wheels: Volk Racing G2 Wheels – 18×8.5 (+44) Tires: BF Goodrich g-force Super Sport AS – 215/35 18 Exterior: Honda Genuine Accessories Front Chin Honda Genuine Accessories Side Skirts Honda Genuine Accessories Rear Diffuser Rando/Tracy Sports Front Lip Rando/Tracy Sports Side Sills Rando/Tracy Sports GT Wing Color: Wraptivo Matte Black Designer Car Wrap (body) Wraptivo Carbon Black Designer Car Wrap (roof and partial hood) Gloss Black Side Mirrors and Roof Trim

Interior Aesthetics Seat: Recaro Sport Bucket Seats (Red) Accessories: HKS Limited Edition Shift Knob Misc: Honda Genuine Accessories Center Arm Rest Honda Genuine Accessories Compass Rearview Mirror Honda Genuine Accessories CR-Z illuminated Door Sills Alcantara Covered Panels

Performance Exhaust: HKS Silent Hi-Power Exhaust System Supercharger: HKS GTS4015 Prototype Supercharger Kit HKS GTS 4015 Supercharger HKS F-Con IS with OS-C Fuel Management System HKS Super Megaflow Reloaded Intake Upgraded Injectors Brakes: Lightweight Performance Brakes by Brembo Suspension: Full Coilover Suspension by Tein MISC: HKS Super Fire Racing Spark Plugs HKS Radiator Cap HKS Oil Filler Cap


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Technology Partners: Honda Genuine Accessories, Wraptivo/Meguiar’s, HKS, Volk Racing, BF Goodrich, Tein, Brembo, Recaro, Rando/Tracy Sports Japan, Street Concepts, Evasive Motorsport