Honda CR-Z

Price: To be an­nounced CO2: 117g/km

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And you thought a ‘sports hy­brid’ was a con­tra­dic­tion in terms. Honda has an il­lus­tri­ous past in small sports cars and a lot of ex­per­tise in hy­brid tech­nol­ogy. So why not bring the two to­gether? The CR-Z has a 1.5-litre petrol en­gine matched to Honda In­te­grated Mo­tor As­sist (IMA) bat­tery tech­nol­ogy. The whole sys­tem pro­duces 91kw/174nm – about the same as a 1.8-litre Civic sedan. The CR-Z is the world’s first man­ual-trans­mis­sion hy­brid – the six-speed, three-pedal gear­box sticks with sportscar tra­di­tion. The IMA sys­tem is claimed to pro­vide ex­tra re­spon­sive­ness by pro­vid­ing ex­tra bat­tery boost at low revs, giv­ing the CR-Z a sim­i­lar feel to a tur­bocharged car. The driver can choose be­tween Nor­mal, Econ and Sport modes. Each al­ters the re­sponses of the throt­tle, steer­ing, cli­mate con­trol and the level of as­sis­tance pro­vided by the IMA sys­tem. The styling evokes the clas­sic CR-X sports car – es­pe­cially the split-level rear glass hatch­back and raked roofline.

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