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Is Honda Preparing a Hotter CR-Z Type R?

CR-X enthusiasts who bemoaned the power levels of Honda’s new 2011 CR-Z hybrid may be able to rest easy tonight. New reports suggest a more powerful model, dubbed the “CR-Z Type R,” is already in the works.

Whether it’ll be known as the Type R or the Si likely depends on the market, but if a report from Britain’s Auto Express is to be believed, Honda is hard at work making this high-performance edition a winner. More specifically, Honda’s tuning arm Mugen is working to bump the 113-horsepower 1.5-liter four-cylinder up to 150 hp and replace the 14-horsepower electric motor with a larger 50-horsepower unit, giving the 2500-pound car an impressive 200 horsepower.

Upgrading the rest of the car to match will be stronger brakes and a stiffer suspension. Honda will also add a Sport mode to the ride selector that will sharpen up throttle, steering, electric motor assist, and idle stop/start response for better performance.

According to the report, the CR-Z Type R will naturally get some visual tweaks to differentiate it from the basic hybrid. A body kit will make the car appear wider and lower and will add daytime running lights to the front fascia and a black diffuser punctuated by chrome exhaust tips to the rear fascia. A black hood, mirrors, A-pillars and wheels over an alpine-white body will make the Type R instantly recognizable.

Assuming this car is for real, it is expected to debut later this year before going on sale in 2011. Should it come here, expect to pay a bit more than the base car’s estimated $24,000 starting price.

Source: Auto Express

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Buying Guide

2011 Honda CR-Z

Fair Market Price $17,369 Base (Manual) Coupe
Motor Trend Rating
StarStarStarStarHalf-Star

EPA MPG:

17 City / 23 Hwy

Cargo (Std/Max):

NA / 87 cu. ft.

Seating:

8/8