2013 Honda CR-Z Hybrid Gets Better Acceleration, Boost Mode

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The Honda CR-Z mild-hybrid sports coupe will get some evolutionary, not revolutionary, changes for the 2013 model year, the automaker has announced at the 2012 Paris Auto Show.

From a distance, the 2013 CR-Z looks very similar to the 2012 model, but on closer inspection the redesigned fascia, grille and headlamps become obvious. 

There’s also a new diffuser, and for the first time, LED daytime running lights. 

Inside there are some tweaks too, with a new color scheme, and revised door trim which Honda says improves cabin storage. 

But while the 2013 CR-Z gets some cosmetic tweaks the biggest changes are in the performance department. 

In the interests of providing a more fun driving experience however, Honda has improved the engine’s variable valve timing and engine control unit, increasing its maximum power by just under 7 horses to 119 horsepower.

Honda has also improved the size of the single motor found in the CR-Z’s mild hybrid Integrated Motor Assist system. 

Upgraded from 10 kilowatts to 15 kilowatts, the larger motor, combined with an all-new lithium-ion battery pack replacing the outgoing nickel metal hydride pack, helps the 2013 CR-Z with 6-speed manual spring to 62 mph in 9 seconds flat. 

That’s 0.7 seconds faster than the 2012 CR-Z.

Opt for continuously variable transmission, and 0-62 takes place in 9.1 seconds. 

Finally, inspired we presume by countless video games and perhaps Ford’s EcoBoost Overdrive technology, the 2013 CR-Z features what Honda calls the Plus Sport (S+) boost system. 

Provided its battery pack is more than 50 percent charged, the driver can activate the S+ system for up to 10 seconds, improving performance and giving better acceleration without impacting on gas mileage. 


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Comments (10)
  1. Still slow...

  2. Same 0-60 as the Volt.

  3. Maybe even a little faster with the S+. I bet it will top 117! But seriously, a lot better than nothing. It will be interesting to see if the mpg's go up any. I wonder if this is the direction Honda plans on taking with it's entry level hybrids.

  4. According to the article the S+ system activates for 10 seconds at a time. That doesn't t very useful accept for passing and accelerating onto a highway.

  5. It's almost more of a novelty. It would be more functional for overtaking cars if it was located on the steering wheel as a button or trigger in my opinion, kind of like the KERS.

  6. I read elsewhere that it is on the steering wheel, so that would make it pretty useful for passing.

  7. Sure. But Volt is NOT a "Hybrid" in the sense that it has a plug or it is designed to be an EV.

    If the CR-Z is mostly "engine" powered and intended to be a 2-seater sports car, then I expect more performance out of it, especially considering its MPG.

    If you take 2 seats out of the Volt, shrink it and cut the battery in half, I am pretty sure the Volt will blow the CR-Z away in performance.

    Don't forget that Volt is also 1,000 lbs heavier.

  8. Also, Volt with the extra weight, still matches CR-Z in MPG in its "extended range" mode.

    Don't get me wrong. I like Honda in general, but I think CR-Z is a pretty "poor" attempt by Honda.

  9. Yeah, it has no strengths. Hoping that will change when Honda (finally) starts making some real hybrids; 2 motor hybrids and brings them to the CRZ, Civic, Insight and Acura hybrids.
    The ILX hybrid is stupid too. 110HP and less than 40MPG in a luxury car.

  10. Is that 0-60 in 9 seconds flat value with "Sport+" engaged or not?

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