Honda is planning to fast-track production of its hot turbocharged CR-Z, sources in Japan have revealed.
Likely available in 160hp and 200hp versions, Autocar sources report that buyer feedback has been so strong, and the drop-off in domestic sales so steep, that the manufacturer is now fast-tracking the hot CR-Z's development. It could even make a debut in production from as early as the Tokyo auto show next December.
Power will come courtesy of a turbocharged 1.6-liter unit, which will provide similar performance of a 2.0-liter engine, thanks to its forced induction and Honda's patented VTEC-i fully variable camshaft timing system.
The CR-Z is currently only available with one engine – a hybrid that mates a 112hp 1.5-liter engine with a 14hp electric motor – that has left some potential buyers disappointed.