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Honda CR-Z to showcase new 1.6L Turbo unit

By SYF77 on 09 Jan 2011

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According to a report from Autocar , Honda is rumored to be working on a CR-Z that ditches its conventional hybrid powertrain in favor of a small-displacement, turbocharged mill.

The proposed new engine is an all-new 1.6-liter unit that will produce around 160 horsepower. Autocar states that a higher-output CR-Z Type R may follow shortly thereafter, rumored to produce around 200 hp. This new powerplant is reportedly slated for use in the Honda Jazz (Fit), Civic and Accord, and could provide the basis for the next-generation Civic Si engine. Like many European B and C segment cars, the next Fit and Civic are also moving to smaller displacement, forced induction powertrains to offset increasing emission standards.

Sales of the hybrid CR-Z have started to fade in Honda's home market, despite the hatch being named the Japanese Car of the Year. Honda hopes that a turbocharged CR-Z would broaden the vehicle's appeal in other key markets, as well, such as the United States and Europe. The 1.6 liter Turbo powered CR-Z will ensure that Honda have an answer to the Scirroco and the upcoming Hyundai Veloster.

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Written by SYF77
I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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Eyke Jan 09 2011 12:08 PM
You'll need a rear view camera as you won't be able to see anything through the rear view mirror
Pocus Jan 09 2011 01:23 PM
you sat on a CR-Z to confirm? I think should be so bad bah...perhaps like the scirocco?

But 1.6 Turbo??? I always thought Honda is NA only but I guess competition is too fierce.

but a 160bhp for a 1.6 engine is rather disappointing.....Nissan Juke is already higher, not to mention the Mini Cooper S. Even Mit's Colt Version R can get 163bhp for a 1.5 Turbo and the Scirrocco's TSi even better at 160 for a 1.4l.

Hope the final figure would be higher.
HOUSENUMBER Jan 09 2011 08:51 PM
isit true ? turbos honda ?
Minikong Jan 10 2011 12:37 AM
type r and euro r all stop production, due to failure in euro emission test
this should be the new replacement
Keavze Jan 10 2011 10:17 AM
oh no...the legendary king of NA VTEC is gone! sad...
Watwheels Jan 10 2011 04:16 PM
Turbo Kick In! Yo!
Pocus Jan 10 2011 07:50 PM
Anyway take it with a pinch of salt. From wat I gathered, this come from only 1 source and fans are speculating it to be just another rumor for CR-Z.

One mention "Honda was never a follower, they are the innovator."

Turbo on Honda? I'll wait till it's official to believe..
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