Coupe shootout: CR-Z vs RCZ
You wait ages for a chic little urban coupe, and then two come along at once...
Posted: 28 Oct 2010
Like the Insight - from which the CR-Z borrows much of its electrical cleverness - this car won't run on battery power alone, instead using the electric motor to supplement the power from the 1.5-litre petrol engine. In essence, it acts like a supercharger, adding 14bhp and 58lb ft of torque from very low revs. Peak combined power arrives at just 1,500rpm, which makes sense from a performance perspective: Honda's naturally aspirated VTEC engines have traditionally been rev-hungry but painfully lacking in low-end torque. With a combined 122bhp and 128lb ft, Honda claims a 0-62mph time of 9.9 seconds, which does seem to be pushing the ‘sports car' definition somewhat.