The revised Honda CR-Z will be going on sale in January 2013.
It now features Lithium Ion battery technology with an increase in peak power to 137 PS. Honda have improved the electric motor system and changed from a Nickel-metal hybrid (Ni-MH) to a Lithium Ion battery with an increase in power from 14 PS (10 kW) to 20 PS (15 kW).
The CR-Z’s 1.5-litre petrol engine has been updated with changes to the variable valve timing system and Engine Control Unit (ECU). An anti-vibration knock sensor has been introduced and the material of the crankshaft has been upgraded. The peak power output has been increased from 114 PS to 121 PS.
The Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid system now delivers a combined output of 137 PS at 6600 rpm (+13 PS) and 190 Nm of torque (+16 Nm). The 0-62 mph time falls from 9.7 sec to 9.1 sec and top speed is 124 mph. And the official combined consumption is 56.5 mpg and 116 g/km of CO2.
Honda has introduced a Plus Sport (S+) boost system. If the battery is more than 50 per cent charged, the driver can activate this system using the S+ button on the steering wheel. When the accelerator is pressed the electric boost begins, delivering increased acceleration for up to ten seconds. A flashing gauge on the dashboard indicates when the system is active. S+ can be used in ECON, Normal or Sport modes.
There have also been a number of stubble revisions to the exterior and interior to enhance styling. And there has been the introduction of two new colours, Energetic Yellow and Aurora Violet with the interior receiving new colour schemes.Published 27 September 2012