Good news: Honda has officially unveiled a twin-turbocharged CR-Z. Bad news: the finished product, christened the CR-Z GT, is a purpose-built race car that will compete in Japan’s Super GT GT300 class.
Developed in partnership with perennial tuning partner Mugen, the CR-Z GT almost looks like a cartoon version of the roadgoing hybrid hatchback. The wheelbase is roughly 5 inches longer than the production CR-Z, while box flares, applied to both front and rear fenders, widen the CR-Z’s stance by a solid eight inches. The only figure that hasn’t dropped much is weight. Mugen’s site says the CR-Z GT tips the scales at 2645 pounds, only 12 pounds lighter than a stock 2012 CR-Z with a manual transmission.
We wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if the CR-Z GT’s new powertrain adds a bit more weight into the mix. Honda isn’t revealing much at this point in time, but notes the CR-Z GT ditches the stock 1.5-liter I-4 in favor of a twin-turbocharged 2.8-liter V-6, which is allegedly mated to a hybrid driveline of some sort. Whether this is a version of the Integrated Motor Assist system used on the production car or a unique design – perhaps even a flywheel-based kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) – remains to be seen.
At this point, only one CR-Z GT will be fielded in the 2012 Super GT series. Team Infinite will be responsible for the #16 car shown here, and will place veteran drivers Hideki Mutoh and Daisuke Nakajima behind the wheel. They’ll have their work cut out for them, as the GT300 class is ripe with new competition, including a new Toyota Prius-based racer and the Subaru BRZ.