Judging by mere appearances, the CR-Z is probably the best interpretation of a sports hybrid coupe. It has the look of a punchy vehicle, but still wears some parts that makes us think of its ancestors.
Remember the 1980s' CR-X? Well, the CR-Z's design reminds of the front-wheel-drive sports compact car, starting with the split level rear glass hatch and ending with the sloping roof line, also seen on the 1999 Insight and the FCX Clarity. But what really evokes the old coupe is actually its purpose. Launched in 1983, the CR-X was first meant to be an ultra efficient model, as Honda aimed to take the leading position in the EPA fuel economy ratings chart by exceeding the 50 mpg (4.7 l/100km) milestone.
Now, about 27 years later, the same purpose is brought back into spotlights. But the building criteria are pretty much the same, with engineers paying more attention to aerodynamics and exterior design.
The result is thus a sporty coupe that expresses its agility right from the front end through the wide headlights with LED daytime running lights. The one piece grille, the unconventional door handles and the hybrid-like rear side are probably on the top of the "I love" list for most CR-Z fans.
But most of the exterior styling parts have been developed with a second thought in mind: aerodynamics. Basically, almost every part from the outside has its more or less important role in the way the vehicle interacts with the air flow.
For instance, the door mirrors are said to have an "ultra aerodynamic shape" and are the results of intense testing in Honda's labs. The rear end looks the way it looks mostly thanks to the results collected after wind tunnel testings, with the shape of the hatch and the glass area contributing to drag reduction. Last but not least, the rear diffuser, which actually hides the exhaust pipe, is the sole manager of the airflow underneath the car and is made entirely of aluminum.Continue reading
Hold on, Sir May B. Bach would like to say something...
Oh, crap, another... ahem... hybrid? Pardon my French, but what the hell, another hybrid? I'm starting to feel depressed again, those hybrids... ahem... cans are taking over the world... The first time I heard about these ugly pieces of metals I laughed, I actually thought that humanity has the only needed... ahem... neuron to understand that hybrids aren't and will never be able to make you feel like you're driving a car.
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