2010 SEMA: Honda CR-Z Hybrid R
And what better way to start the day than with the blood-red CR-Z Hybrid R Concept? An interpretation of what is perhaps one of the best-looking Hondas in years, the Hybrid R will unfortunately remain wishful thinking, as the carmaker has no plans whatsoever to sell it.
The CR-Z Hybrid R is meant as a means to demonstrate Honda Performance Development's street styling ingenuity.
The IMA hybrid system on the CR-Z has been upgraded and turbocharged, now spitting some 200 horsepower and 175 lb-ft. of torque. Other tweaks include the addition of performance clutch, limited-slip differential, circuit-tuned suspension, upgraded brakes and aerodynamic components.
The car is equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, side, front lip and tailgate spoilers, a rear diffuser, an illuminated door-sill trim on the inside.
"With the CR-Z sport hybrid coupe, drivers can achieve the great efficiency of a hybrid car without giving up the fun that many demand from a sporty car," said Bruce Smith, vice president of Parts Operations for American Honda Motor.
"The combination of greener practicality with style and fun makes this vehicle a perfect fit for young, environmentally conscious buyers looking to further personalize their cars."
In addition to the Honda-built CR-Z, six other vehicles, tuned by independent companies, are displayed at the Honda booth.
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