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2011 Honda CR-Z At A Glance and Overview

Video 1 (02m:36s): 2011 Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe
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PDF File (87.72 KB): 2011 Honda CR-Z Specs
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Honda CRX inspired from the ’80s
For those who remember the Honda CRX from the 1980s, the two cars share an obvious resemblance with shallow raked roofline, truncated rear, split level rear glass hatch and aerodynamic styling. But the CR-Z is the 21st century rethinking of this car, with cleaner tailpipe emissions, great fuel economy and an exciting drive.

The exterior design of CR-Z deliberately evokes the iconic style of the 1980s CRX, which was originally developed to provide a small, stylish car that could achieve spectacular economy.

Signature features of the CRX, like the split level rear glass hatch and low shallow raked roofline have been referenced in the design of the sleek coupe and then combined with a curvaceous and deeply sculpted exterior form.

The shallow raked roofline and sharply truncated tail of the CR-Z is a key Honda design feature shared with many models past and present.

Designed & Engineered for modern living

The CR-Z is exciting to drive, great to look at and has a healthy respect for the environment. It is designed and engineered by Honda for modern, urban living.

As the world’s first sporty hybrid, it’s stylish looks stand-out from other ‘green’ cars on the market and it offers true driving thrills thanks to an agile chassis, direct steering, a low driving position and useful boosts of torque from the petrol-electric drivetrain.

It’s most at home in urban environments, zipping from light to light, and nipping in and out of traffic. And because it’s a hybrid it has low exhaust emissions, benefits from cheaper road tax, and – for Londoners – is exempt from the Congestion Charge.

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Honda CR-Z At A Glance

  • 0-62mph: 9.9 seconds
  • Combined mpg: 56.4mpg
  • CO2: 117g/Km
  • Engine type: 1.5-litre petrol-electric IMA (hybrid)
Power

  • Engine: 114PS @ 6,100rpm
  • Motor: 14PS @ 1,500rpm
  • Total peak: 124PS @ 6,100rpm
Torque

  • Engine: 145Nm @ 4,800rpm
  • Motor: 78.4Nm @ 1,000rpm
  • Total peak: 174Nm @ 1,500rpm

“During the development of the CR-Z the Lotus Elise kept on inspiring us throughout the whole development process.”

said Mr. Terukazu Torikai, Chief Chassis Engineer, CR-Z

The first driver-focused hybrid

The CR-Z brings driving excitement to hybrids for the first time. Direct steering, a short-shift six-speed manual gearbox, low driving position and kart-like handling complement the drivetrain that provides bursts of power thanks to the responsive pull of the electric motor.

“The base concept of this car is the fun-to-drive. We therefore wanted to realise the agile handling of the MINI and easy to drive performance for daily use, which we believe was achieved.”

said Mr. Terukazu Torikai, Chief Chassis Engineer, CR-Z

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An involving drive

The chassis was an important factor in the development of the CR-Z, with driver enjoyment being core to the design. The platform shares some components with the Jazz and Insight models, but the wheelbase, track width and set-up are all unique to the coupe

At 2425mm, the wheelbase has been reduced by 115mm compared to the Insight, to increase agility. Meanwhile, the track width has been increased by 25mm to 1515mm, giving greater stability, a more direct, involving driving feel and a planted stance.

The CR-Z sits low to the ground – ground clearance is just 135mm – creating a low centre of gravity but also adding to the sporty driver position. Changes have also been made to springs and dampers to suit the sportiness of the CR-Z and maximise driver enjoyment.

To complement the wider track and reduce weight, the lower front MacPherson struts have been formed from forged aluminium, which are 4kg lighter than the pressed steel Insight struts, and are stronger to support the greater forces generated by the increased track width and tyre size of the CR-Z.

The rear suspension is an H-section torsion beam, which provides excellent control of the rear wheels and allows room for the low mounting of the IMA batteries and control unit in the back of the car. Mounting the IMA system’s batteries below the boot, and keeping the overall height of the CR-Z very low (1395mm) has clear handling benefits – such as lowering further the centre of gravity for the coupe. The location of the IMA battery pack is deliberate for optimum weight distribution, increasing the agility of the shorter, wider platform.

“For the fun-to-drive aspect we have benchmarked it against the MINI. For the complete car performance especially in terms of comfort we have chosen also the newly-introduced VW Scirocco as a benchmark.

said Mr. Terukazu Torikai, Chief Chassis Engineer, CR-Z

Short Shifts & Sharp Responsive Throaty Exhaust

Sharp and responsive
The engineers wanted to create a stiff body unit to ensure the CR-Z’s handling was as sharp and responsive as its styling suggests. The result of these stiffening efforts is a torsional rigidity similar to that of the Civic Type R.
Short shifts
The CR-Z is the first hybrid ever to have a sporty, 6-speed manual gearbox and has been developed with the enthusiastic driver in mind. Short shifts and a firm
but light action makes for a more involving drive.
The manual ‘box allows the driver greater control over the CR-Z’s torquey, naturally aspirated 1.5-litre engine and provides the correct balance between driver enjoyment (with closely spaced ratios) and fuel economy (with a longer top gear).
Throaty exhaust
The CR-Z development team dedicated a great deal of time and thought to the design of the exhaust to give it a sporty note, quite unlike any previous compact hybrid. Of course, it also had to be an efficient unit that allowed optimum engine operation, minimised emissions and generated the target power level.

Direct Steering

Direct steering
Honda has refined the CR-Z’s electronic power steering (EPS) to ensure responsive reactions, and direct steering to make the car feel like an extension of the driver.
Wheels
All grades of the CR-Z are fitted with lightweight 16-inch alloy wheels as standard and shod with 195/55R16 tyres.
17-inch wheels are available from dealers as an accessory.

“Since the target of this car was to realize an enhanced handling, we put huge emphasis on the setting of the EPS (electric power steering) and to improve body stiffness to a similar level of that of the Civic Type-R”

said Mr. Terukazu Torikai, Chief Chassis Engineer, CR-Z

Engine and Motor

Under the bonnet, is a 1.5-litre 4-cylinder engine that’s new to the UK market. Euro 5 compliant, this eager-to-rev engine produces 114PS of power at 6,100rpm and torque of 145Nm at 4,800rpm.

The electric motor is positioned between the engine and gearbox and produces power of 14PS and boosts torque by 78.4Nm – both of which come much lower down the rev range – between 1,000 and 1,500rpm. This ‘low down torque’ improves initial acceleration and means the CR-Z bursts into action almost immediately – perfect for stop-start driving in built up areas.

Together the petrol engine and electric motor generate an overall power output of 124PS at 6,100rpm and 174Nm of torque between 1000-1,500rpm. This is equivalent to the peak torque of a 1.8-litre Civic. The torque curve of the new hybrid is unusually flat for a naturally aspirated engine, with the peak arriving at just 1,500 rpm, enabling great flexibility at all engine speeds.

The result on the road is that the CR-Z manages 0-62mph in under 10 seconds and has a top speed of 124mph.

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Emissions & Economy – 56.4 mpg

Thanks to its hybrid system and its compact and lightweight construction, the CR-Z’s CO2 emissions are 117g/km (35g/km fewer than the 1.8-litre Civic, 17g/km fewer than the 138bhp 2.0 VW Scirocco, and 22g/km fewer than the 163bhp Peugeot RCZ). Importantly, it is under the 120g/km mark, putting it in the low VED tax band C.

Other harmful exhaust emissions, like NOx and particulates, are also very low. These emissions are the ones you can actually see; soot, smog – all the nasties we want to minimise.

A tank of fuel also goes a lot further, with the CR-Z using stop-start technology to boost economy to 56.4mpg (combined cycle).

Stop-start technology cuts out the car engine when it’s idling in stationary traffic for more than a few seconds. It starts up again automatically once you push the accelerator to move off.

3-mode drive

To maximise driver choice and enhance the day-to-day drivability of the CR-Z, it has a unique 3-Mode Drive System that allows the driver to choose between three driving modes and adapt the car’s settings to enjoy their favourite road, maximise economy, or strike a balance between the two.

This unique system alters the responses of the throttle, steering, idle stop timing, climate control and the level of assistance provided by the IMA system, according to the mode selected. The aim of Honda engineers was to give the customer more choice in how the CR-Z would drive, depending on their needs and desires at the time.

Sport buttons have become commonplace in cars, usually offering a sharper throttle response, but Honda’s 3-Mode Drive System is different. The new system alters the behaviour of the hybrid drivetrain and the power steering assistance as well as the throttle mapping between the three modes. When the CR-Z driver is away from the town or city and wanting to enjoy the open road, they can put the coupe into SPORT mode. This sharpens the throttle response, changes the behaviour of the IMA hybrid system to provide more electric motor assistance and increases the weight of the electric power steering.

Honda recognizes that even the most enthusiastic driver may regularly experience heavy traffic, where maximising fuel economy is more desirable than enthusiastic driving. In these situations ECON mode can be selected, which prioritises fuel economy in the operation of the drive-by-wire throttle, ECU, air conditioning and the hybrid system.

At all other times the car can be run in NORM mode, which provides a balance between performance, economy and emissions and suits most driving situations.

The ambient lighting of the speedometer is used in the same way as in the Insight, to guide the driver in driving more economically. In addition to the Eco Assist function, the CR-Z’s meter lighting is linked to the 3-mode drive system, changing from red to blue and then green depending on whether SPORT, NORM or ECON is selected.

Eco Assist

Together with the ECON mode, the CR-Z uses Eco Assist that helps guide the driver to achieve high fuel economy and therefore minimize exhaust emissions.

While driving, there are two main elements to the system: an ‘eco drive bar’ indicator within the Multi Information Display (MID), and an ambient meter, behind the digital speedometer display.

Both give real-time information on the consumption of fuel and provide guidance on how the driver could alter their driving style to improve economy.

The ‘eco guide bar’ in the MID is a solid bar symbol that moves to either side of a central line. The idea is to drive in a way that keeps the bar in the center and away from the shaded areas on either side.

When driving smoothly, and therefore efficiently, the bar stays near the centre of the indicator, shifting slightly right during gradual acceleration and slightly to the left when braking gently.

During these conditions, the ambient meter behind the speed display glows a green colour to show optimum economical driving.

Under greater acceleration, or when braking moderately, the bar in the MID shifts more towards either end of the scale, showing the use of more fuel, and the ambient meter glows a green-blue color.

If accelerating aggressively or during sudden braking, the indicator bar will head to the right or left, into the shaded areas of the scale to show major fuel consumption and the ambient meter turns blue respectively.

Like the Honda Insight, Eco Assist in the CR-Z rewards more efficient driving. Small leaves will ‘grow’ above the bar in the digital display to show the driver’s eco-progress, with more leaves and eventually a flower added if the system records a ‘perfect’ score. The CR-Z is also fitted with a Shift Indicator Light (SIL), which alerts the driver to the shift up or down at the most efficient time. Eco Assist combined with the SIL can improve fuel consumption by up to 10 per cent.

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Better acceleration performance

Scramble-Assist
Scramble-assist detects the acceleration demand of the driver from the accelerator pedal movement and increases the amount of motor-assist. In SPORT mode it provides greater assistance for a given pedal movement, resulting in better acceleration performance compared to NORM mode.

Battery
The Nickel Metal Hydride battery pack stores energy from regenerative braking, as in any other hybrid, and can be recycled at the end of the car’s life.

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Design

Sleek and slippery
The CR-Z’s slippery design allows the coupe to cut through the air with minimal disturbance, lowering fuel consumption and emissions. The rear of the CR-Z plays a particularly important role in its aerodynamics and many hours of wind tunnel testing went into refining the final design. The strongly flared rear arches stand proud of the rear bodywork and the rear tapers into the split level glass hatch.

The roof slope and length is critical to the overall aerodynamic performance of a car and the CR-Z’s stylists and engineers worked together to create the longest roof length possible without upsetting the overall visual balance of the car.

The wheel arches themselves have been formed with a technique not used on a Honda car before, subtly altering the profile to reduce drag in this critical area. Even the door mirrors are an ultra aerodynamic shape to reduce drag.

Sweeping Headlights (8 LEDS headlights)

The wide and low stance is enhanced at the front end by the unusual one piece grille, which extends above and below the front bumper line. This grille is a key feature of the CR-Z’s ‘face’, and a pronounced raised area of the bonnet flows from the top of the grille up to the base of the windscreen.

The CR-Z’s wide tapering headlights feature daytime running lights (DTRLs) with eight LEDs that bring out the lower line of the sweeping headlights and extend towards the edges of the strongly flared wheels arches, emphasising their width.

This is the first time DTRLs have been fitted to a production Honda and are exclusive to the European CR-Z only. Combined with front fog lights and the 2+2 seating, the European specification CR-Z is quite distinct from its US-spec brother.

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Interior

Cockpit cabin
Many of the features of the CR-Z concept car were warmly received by the general public and these have been carried over into the production car. The 3D displays, high-tech instrument binnacle, neon backlit buttons, plush, stitched leather seats and sporty gear stick were all favorites.

The interior of the CR-Z wraps around the driver, creating a cockpit environment that adds to the car’s driver-focused design. You sit in the CR-Z rather than sitting on it.

Plush sports seats
High quality seats are a real center point of the CR-Z’s interior.

With either cloth or full leather upholstery, the bolsters hug the driver to give support during enthusiastic driving. Particular attention was paid to the angle of the seat in relation to the pedals, to allow the driver to sit low down but in a comfortable position.

The seat height can be adjusted by 50mm, and by 240mm front to back. The steering wheel is also adjustable for reach and rake.

Driver-focused
Creating a driver-focused cabin means all of the commonly used buttons and controls are within quick and easy reach of the driver.

The instrument area is framed by two wing-like extensions to the instrument cowl, sitting either side of the steering wheel to house such frequently used buttons, placing them close to the driver’s hands. On the right wing the controls for the 3-Mode Drive System are clustered alongside the controls for the VSA, door mirrors adjustment and headlight washers. On the left wing are controls for climate and air conditioning.

Neon
The futuristic instrument panel is one element of the concept car that has been reflected strongly in the production design. The eye-catching and hi-tech 3D gauge design have a dual purpose, with ambient lighting of the dials playing a key role in the 3-Mode Drive System and the Eco Assist functions.

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Equipment

The CR-Z boasts a generous specification with all grades benefitting from six airbags, active headrests, Vehicle Stability Assist and Hill Start Assist. All models also come fitted with Climate Control, 6-speaker CD player, USB iPod link and an engine start button.

S grades get heated door mirrors, rear dimming mirror, electric windows, daytime running lights, Shift Indicator Light (SIL) and auxilliary socket. Meanwhile, Sport grades have additional ambient lighting, alloy pedals, cruise control, leather gear shift, multi function steering wheel, parking sensors, privacy glass, 240W premium audio system, boot-mounted subwoofer and USB port for MP3 players.

Top grade GT models are equipped with full leather upholstery and heated front seats, panoramic glass roof, HID Xenon headlights, Hands-Free Telephone (HFT), automatic headlights and wipers over and above the Sport grade. GT models are available with DVD Satellite Navigation.

Sport grade cars are expected to be most popular, making up 60 per cent of total sales.

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2011 Honda CR-Z – Hi-res. Images

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2011 Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe
2011 Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe
2011 Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe
2011 Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe
2011 Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe
2011 Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe
2011 Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe
2011 Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe
2011 Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe
2011 Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe
2011 Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe
2011 Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe
2011 Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe
2011 Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe
2011 Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe
2011 Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe
2011 Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe
2011 Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe
2011 Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe
2011 Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe
2011 Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe
2011 Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe
2011 Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe
2011 Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe
2011 Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe
2011 Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe
2011 Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe
2011 Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe
2011 Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe
2011 Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe
2011 Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe
2011 Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe
2011 Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe

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