The rumor mill has been long buzzing with news of a Honda S2000 roadster successor. Latest reports suggest that Honda engineers are considering building a new roadster on the CR-Z hybrid hatch platform.
Engineers feel that despite its front-drive layout, the CR-Z’s size and weight will be advantages to a sporty roadster. Performance will be increased via a stronger engine and some other reductions in weight.
If the model is built, it will compete with the likes of a Mazda MX-5.
According to Road&Track, after the mentioned model is established, Honda may move on to create a rear-wheel-drive high-powered sports car, probably with a hybrid powerplant.
Refresher: The 2011 Honda CR-Z is powered by a 1.5L i-VTEC mated to Honda”s Integrated Motor Assist hybrid system. It produces a total of 122-hp and a maximum torque of 128 lb-ft. When mated to a 6-speed manual, the CR-Z returns an EPA-estimated 31/37/34 mpg (city/highway/combined). With the CVT transmission, the CR-Z returns 35/39/37 mpg. Prices in the United States start at $19,200.
2011 Honda CR-Z:
– By: Omar Rana