2012 Paris: 2013 Honda CR-Z gets more power, S+ button

What you see here is the revised and somewhat facelifted Honda CR-Z Hybrid hatchback. Making its debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show today, the new 2013 Honda CR-Z gets a range of upgrades with a focus on style and performance.

Look closely and you’ll see some minor changes to the exterior and the interior. The front bumper, grille, headlamp have all been revised along with the addition of 17-inch alloy wheels and two new exterior colors including Energetic Yellow and Aurora Violet. The interior was updated with new color schemes and door casings that improve on storage.

Honda says that the 1.5 liter engine in the CR-Z has been improved to produce more power – up from 112-hp to 119-hp. Along with the improvement to the electric-motor, total output of the 2013 CR-Z now comes in at 135-hp. 0 to 62 mph takes 9.0 seconds (from 9.7) with a top speed of 124 mph. Fuel-economy was not compromised.

Honda has also introduced something called Plus Sport (S+).

“If the battery is more than 50 per cent charged, the driver can activate this system using the S+ button on the steering wheel,” Honda said in a statement. “When the accelerator is pressed the electric boost begins, delivering increased acceleration for up to ten seconds. A flashing gauge on the dashboard indicates when the system is active. S+ can be used in ECON, Normal or Sport modes.”

Sales start Jan. 2013.

– By: Omar Rana