2010 SEMA: Honda CR-Z Hybrid R

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Tuning crazy at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas these days. Yesterday, we were flooded with information coming from Japanese manufacturer Toyota, which appears to have moved its entire car factory to the event, but we have a feeling we'll see more Japanese high-tech in the days to come.

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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