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by Matt Brogan

A leaked brochure of Honda’s CR-Z hybrid sports coupe has spoiled the manufacturer’s plans of keeping the car a secret until next year’s Detroit International Motor Show.

The brochure, which also details the CR-Z’s technical specs, shows a production version of the car near identical to that of the concept first seen earlier this year at the Tokyo Motor Show, albeit without the concept’s futuristic headlamps.

Honda says CR-Z stands for ‘Compact Renaissance Zero’, an obvious throwback to the popular CRX hatch of the 1980s.


As a hybrid vehicle, the CR-Z features a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine mated to Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist hybrid technology. The brochure states this combination develops 84kW of power at 6,000rpm and 145Nm of torque from 4,800rpm, the electric motor adding a further 10kW and 78Nm.

Unlike Honda’s existing hybrid offerings, the CR-Z will cater to enthusiasts by offering a six-speed manual transmission. A six-speed automatic will also be available. The CR-Z will manage 0-100km/h times of just 9.7 seconds.


The CR-Z’s interior follows the design theme of “Hi-tech and Sporty,” achieved by a very futuristic instrument panel with a gauge cluster that can also be set to glow in three different colors, depending on which driving mode is activated (Economy, Normal or Sport).

Honda designed the interior to seem very airy and spacious by using mesh material on a simple framework.

Due for sale in late 2010, we expect to see the full production version of the Honda CR-Z at the Detroit International Motor Show next year.

Pics courtesy Temple of VTEC