CR-Z – hot hatches are back in the US (?)

US hot hatches on the way back? Focus RS, Abarth 500, Honda CR-Z?

Well, here’s some info on the upcoming CR-Z from Honda, which I’m really hoping can pick up where the CR-X left off. I really like that car back in the day.

Here’s some specs that autoblog pulled together.

…the 1.5-liter engine’s output (in JDM spec), with the diminutive four-cylinder putting out 112 horsepower (at 6,000 rpm) on its own and another 14 hp from its electric motor. Just as importantly, the engine creates 107 lb-ft of torque (at 4,800 rpm) with the Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system boosting that by another 57 lb-ft at an oh-so-low 1,000 rpm. Coupled with either a six-speed manual or CVT gearbox, the CR-Z nets a relatively uninspiring 0 to 62 mph time of 9.7 seconds.

Not fast by any means, but it doesn’t matter. The Miata isn’t fast, but it makes driving fun, which is what these little cars are supposed to do.

Here’s the car itself from a leaked brochure.

Can’t say I’m too stoked on the front end of it, but the rest of the car actually looks pretty good (although these pics make it hard to be sure). I really hope cars like this continue to work their way into the world, I would love to see more sporty compact cars, and hopefully Honda to start making some pretty cool cars again since the end of the S2000 is this year.

Update: Someone caught another “leaked” photo set, this time from Honda tuner Mugen. This looks very promising.


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