With a boost in power from 122 to 135 horspower, the new model knocks over half a second from the old car's 0-62 mph time, now completing the sprint in 9 seconds flat.
The CVT model is a tenth behind that, and both benefit from a new S+ boost mode, which provides ten seconds of extra power for those overtaking moves or for joining freeways.
Official fuel economy figures on the European cycle are unchanged, so we're not expecting any big news from the EPA either, but the extra power should make the CR-Z a more desirable drive.
It's now better to look at too, as you can see in our live photo gallery.
A new front facia improves the front end styling, but the most noticeable addition is that of LED daytime running lights, already a feature of European models but new to U.S. cars.
A couple of new paint finishes are also available, including the striking deep purple you see above. Suits the CR-Z's compact shape, dontcha think?
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