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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