Engine From the Type-R in the CR-Z in 2017
The current CR-Z is no Type-R, which is likely well it hasn’t quenched the thirst of many Americans that crave Honda performance vehicles. Though it is easily one of the fastest and most agile hybrid vehicles out there, 130 horsepower generally loses out to 280. However, the good news is we will see that 280 horsepower engine from the Type-R in the CR-Z in 2017.
So Honda will ditch the hybrid aspect of the CR-Z and focus it solely on the performance side. The original Fit platform will likely be passed up for the more powerful version of the CR-Z. It seems more likely that it will be built up off of the Civic platform and the idea behind using that platform is to shorten the wheelbase by a few inches. This may give us a longer name, The Civic CR-Z, rather than just three letters.
It may also result in a four or five door CR-Z rather than three. But with a few years between now on then, it is possible that Honda hasn’t decided themselves yet. What it seems they have decided is that the 2.0L VTEC four-cylinder that produces 280 horsepower is the way to create a force to be reckoned with. They most definitely aren’t wrong. It would easily make it one of the most powerful coupes under $30,000.
Interestingly enough, Japan will still have the option for a hybrid CR-Z. Though the 1.5L powertrain will be significantly more powerful than the current one with 200 horsepower. With quite some time between now and 2017, we wonder if this might also be considered for the US. It will also be interesting to see the direction the styling takes. It likely won’t be too off the mark of what is available today, but we do expect a significant change with the front fascia and the wheels.