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The New Honda CR-Z

Honda had a simple brief . Create a car that is fun to drive and is a hybrid. The Honda CR-Z is exactly that and, if it is successful, it could be the perfect car for budding car lovers that like to save money.

The CR-Z is a complete redesign that is very similar to its older brother the sporty CR-X of the 80s and early nineties. Under the hood the 1.3-litre has been dropped for a more powerful 112bhp 1.5-litre that is created by Honda’s fantastic IMA hybrid system. It has immense power thanks to the electric motor’s assistance. This helps the Honda to 62mph in under 10 seconds – just, 9.9 seconds – and onto a  relatively fast 124mph – figures that are some way off from being considered ‘quick’, but Honda has clearly focused on the handling and suspension aspects of the car.