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2013 HONDA CR-Z Type-R

Published July 12, 2012

There is something immensely satisfying about taking a tiny little toy of a car and making it ridiculously fast. It’s the equivalent of giving a Chihuahua the fangs of a Pitbull. For starters it’s easy to do simply because of the favorable weight factor. But there’s also the charm of a pocket sized car that can outperform just about anything that may threaten it at a set of traffic lights.

As it stands the best performance version of the Honda CR-Z has a modified 1.5-liter engine that delivers a fairly adequate 173 HP partnered with an ideal 6 speed manual transmission. It has 3 driving modes, Sport, Normal and Economy. Obviously the most exciting is sport mode, the CR-Z performs at its optimal sport ability for times when you want to let loose and enjoy the driving experience. Normal is for an overall balanced driving experience and decent fuel economy. Economy maximizes the hybrid side for city driving and fuel economy. The Honda CR-Z is decent little car for someone who wants a decent little car. But the standard version of the CR-Z will be greatly over shadowed by the coming CR-Z Type-R. If we are to believe what is coming from the Honda camp the Type-R will be generating a total of 200hp from its 2.0 liter 4 cylinder engine accompanied by an electric motor. This will potentially mean the CR-Z Type R will be clocking a 0-60mph at just under 6 seconds and a peak speed at 140mph. That is a great deal of power for a car weighing in at a miniscule 2557lbs. It’s hard to even imagine how agile the CR-Z Type-R will be.

With all that power in such a tight little package you can bet Honda will be stocking the Type-R with loads of safety features. The present CR-Z has six airbags crammed into already and there will be no less in the Type-R. Its doubtful Honda will sacrifice any of the present options and features such as LED positioning lights, front fog lamps, a three-spoke leather steering wheel and cruise control. There’s a six-speaker audio system with USB and an auxiliary input. The rear seats are foldable, though it’s doubtful anyone will sit there given the experience would be equivalent to some Medieval torture device. But folding down the rear seat back gives you about 15 cubic feet of cargo space.

The glovebox cooler, which is interesting but in many circles far too tempting, won’t likely find its way to the CR-Z Type-R. Also I highly doubt there will be 3 driving mode option either. In fact the Type-R will scoff at such things.

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Calvin Escobar
About Calvin Escobar

The Car scene is so diverse Where I come from, most enthusiasts recognize the amazing engineering (particularly the engines). The bulk of the ridicule originates from the manner in which many of the vehicles are modded/maintained. Thus, the jokes and or hate tends to be aimed more at the owner rather than the machine. All of which makes seeing properly sorted old Toyota's and Hondas at car meets, auto shows, and track days all the more refreshing.

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