Honda CR-Z to Make 280BHP Comeback
The Honda CR-Z will make a return to Europe in 2017 and it will do so with a 2.0-litre turbo engine from a Civic Type-R. It could be the CR-Z that many people have been waiting for…
We recently told you about the all-new 306bhp Honda Civic Type-R and the rumoured NSX Type-R, but it could be the return of another Honda that steals the limelight in 2017. A more performance-focussed CR-Z appears to be in the pipeline now that the hybrid version has been quietly dropped by Honda.
A source from Honda’s R&D department outside Tokyo said: “The old model’s weak street-cred and lack of performance have been addressed – the new coupe will be a force to be reckoned with.”
The new CR-Z will boast a 2.0-litre VTEC turbocharged four-cylinder engine borrowed from a Type-R and will undergo a complete front to back overhaul. While it’s not expected to output 300+bhp like its Type-R cousin, the new CR-Z will still boast around 280-horsepower – a vast improvement over the lacklustre hybrid version.
Furthermore, the new CR-Z will be built on the same platform as the new Civic, but will be about four inches shorter. In terms of styling, it will be more in keeping with the aggressive looks of the new NSX and the new Civic Type-R. Rumours are that in the U.S. it will be marketed as a Civic Coupe CR-Z.
While talk of this new CR-Z is still just rumours at the moment, it nevertheless represents an exciting prospect. And, despite still being in the design and development stage, a production version could make an appearance at the 2017 Detroit Motor Show.
We’ll have to wait and see for now, but we’ll keep you updated with any news that comes up.