Twelve modified 2011 Honda CR-Z sport hybrid coupes were unveiled today at the 2010 SEMA (specialty equipment) Show in Las Vegas. Honda placed a strong claim on the tuner tradition of the classic Honda CRX, which served as inspiration for the CR-Z hybrid.
“With the CR-Z sport hybrid coupe, drivers can achieve the great efficiency of a hybrid car without giving up the fun that many demand from a sporty car,” said Bruce Smith, Honda vice president of parts operations. Honda’s gambit with the CR-Z is to create a blend of performance, style, fun and green—pushing hybrid cars further out of a pure eco-oriented sphere to a mainstream market that sees green simply as another aspect of a car’s coolness.
Honda announced that it will begin sales of a limited-edition MUGEN accessory kit for the vehicle in spring 2011. Sales will be limited to only 300 complete kits.
Honda also unveiled two concept vehicles from HPD: the CR-Z Hybrid R Concept and the HPD CR-Z Racer. Though neither vehicle is intended for sale, HPD, Honda’s North American racing company, showed the potential of the CR-Z for both street and racing performance. Other vehicles on display demonstrated currently available Honda accessories.
Reaching out to the import community, Honda invited independent vehicle tuners to build and display their CR-Z hybrid concepts at the SEMA Show. Tuners were asked to push the limits to improve fuel economy and performance with their creations.