The revised Honda CR-Z hybrid has gone of sale with a starting price of £20,550 for the Sport model and £23,050 for the GT. The order books are open with the first expected deliveries in January 2013.
The 1.5 petrol engine has been revised with an updated ECU which has increased the power by 7PS from 114 PS to 121 PS. There is now a Lithium Ion battery rather than a Nickel-metal hydrid which boosts the electric power to 20 PS instead of 14 PS.
This equates to an overall improvement of 13 PS which shave 0.9 seconds off the 0-62 mph time of the Sport model, which now accelerates to 62 mph in 9.1 seconds. The GT model will now do 0-62 mph in 95. Seconds with both having a top speed of 124 mph. Acceleration is helped by the Sport Plus (S+) boost system which is engaged by pressing the S+ button on the steering wheel, an electric boost kicks in when the accelerator is pressed to give up to 10 seconds of increased acceleration.
According to Honda fuel economy and CO2 emissions haven’t been affected with the Sport Model being able to do 56.5 mpg on the combined cycle and the GT 54.3 mpg. Emissions are Sport 116 g/km and the GT 122 g/km.
For the 2013 CR-Z there has been the introduction of two new colours Aurora Violet and Energetic Yellow. Other revisions include a new bumper design, revised front grille with a new aerodynamic diffuser at the rear and the GT will feature 17” alloys wheels.Published 6 December 2012