Honda CR-Z Gas Version Planned

Inside Line is reporting that Honda may take their CR-Z hybrid towards a different direction. You see,  Honda may "offer a turbocharged engine option in late 2011 in its CR-Z hybrid coupe. The engine, a forced-induction 1.6-liter four-cylinder, may be offered in two variants, including a 200-horsepower edition that could be earmarked for the new CR-Z Type R."

With a much larger powerplant, producing 48 to 88 more horsepower than the hybrid, Left Lane news predicts the "future version of the hatchback may put a greater emphasis on all-out performance."

According to the EPA, a hybrid CR-Z receives 35/39 mpg city/highway with the automatic transmission, and 31/37 mpg city/highway with the manual. This makes the CR-Z is one of the most fuel efficient vehicles on the market. 

If Honda adds a gasoline version, these averages will obviously go down. But it would carter to a different market - those looking for high performance Japanese cars. Honda hasn't released any information on fuel economy ratings - (The foreign automaker hasn't even confirmed these speculations yet) - but don't be surprised if we see this vehicle go into production soon.

Honda might also impress the auto industry with an even beefier hybrid 2012 CR-Z. We'll have to wait until next year for more news on that.

Check out the all new Honda CR-Z today at Barber Honda - 4500 Wible Rd. Bakersfield, CA 93313.

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