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Honda CR-Z Concept raring to go

 

The world's first hybrid sports car is set to debut in Tokyo

The 2009 Honda CR-Z, which stands for "compact renaissance zero", is close to the commercial model that is due to go on sale overseas in February 2010.

The pre-production model has been tweaked slightly from the one shown in 2007, with a new hood, revised headlights, "real" door handles, a larger rear quarter window, a redesigned hatch, taillights, and an aggressive rear diffuser.

Inside the interior has been revised with contemporary design, however the single dial instrument cluster remains.

A 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine powers the car, mated to a sporty six-speed manual transmission. It also features Honda's Integrated Motor Assist technology.

According to Honda, "When the production version goes on sale in the UK next summer 2010, it will be the world's first sports hybrid car, and the first ever petrol-electric vehicle to employ a 6-speed manual transmission."

Taking styling hints from the Insight, Odyssey and Civic Type R, the front-drive coupe is rumoured to 115mm shorter than the Honda Insight.


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