Rumor: Honda Prepping Gas-Only CR-Z

According to a report in Autocar magazine, Japanese automaker Honda is considering developing a gasoline-only version of the CR-Z sport coupe.

Currently, the CR-Z is offered as a hybrid model, with a 112-horsepower, 1.5-liter engine that is connected to electric motors and batteries. Honda hopes to add a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine for more powerful versions of the coupe, which might include a CR-Z Type R.

The new four-cylinder turbo will come in two different configurations, 160 horsepower and 200 horsepower, the latter of which will replace the outgoing 2.0-liter TEC motor in the Type R. These motors will also be featured in the European Honda lineup in the Jazz, Civic and the Accord.

Autocar is reporting that the CR-Z Type R will be here around 2011. 


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