Honda has announced prices for
the CR-Z will start from £20,550 OTR for the
Sport variant and £23,050 for the top of the
range GT. The CR-Z has been given a range of
enhancements to performance and styling and will
be available in dealerships from January 2013.
As the makers of the world’s first sporty
hybrid, Honda wanted to build on the sporty
performance of the CR-Z by increasing the power
output. The car’s agile 1.5 litre petrol engine
has been updated with changes to the Engine
Control Unit (ECU) and the variable valve timing
system, boosting power by 7 PS from 114 PS to
The IMA hybrid system benefits from the addition
of a Lithium Ion battery, replacing the previous
Nickel-metal hybrid version, and an increase in
power from 14 PS (10kW) to 20 PS (15kW).
These improvements result in an overall combined
output of 137 PS at 6600 rpm (+13 PS) and 190 Nm
of torque (+16 Nm). The 0-62 mph sprint time
falls from 10.0 sec to 9.1 sec on the Sport
model and 10.1 sec down to 9.5 sec on the GT.
The top speed is 124 mph.
emphasising the coupes sporty credentials is the
introduction of the Sport Plus (S+) boost system
which is activated by pressing the S+ button on
the steering wheel. Once the button is pushed,
an electric boost kicks in when the accelerator
is pressed to give up to 10 seconds of increased
This increase in power and performance has not
compromised fuel economy and CO2 emissions, with
the CR-Z retaining its competitive 56.5 mpg on
the combined cycle and 116 g/km (Sport) and 54.3
mpg and 122 g/km (GT).
As well as a performance boost the 2013 model
has undergone some styling updates. Two new
colours will be available in the form of Aurora
Violet and Energetic Yellow. A new bumper design
frames the revised front grille and complements
the aerodynamic diffuser at the rear. The GT
model will now feature 17 inch alloy wheels to
offer a bolder sportier look. Honda has
also updated the interior.
Order books for the 2013 CR-Z are now open at