Thursday, September 27, 2012

Official press release : Honda CR-Z MMC, Paris Motor Show

Honda has officially announced the debut of the CR-Z MMC in the Paris Motor Show will is being held over this weekend. Basically everything that our TOV/TOVA readers whom has 'contacts' told us before were accurate and to the dot. The function of the 'S+' button, which Honda calls the 'Plus Sport' button is really a KERS like function for overtaking just like our TOV/TOVA reader from Europe first told us. Also the power increase as told to us by another reader is almost on the dot - just out by 1ps.

The official press release follows.

2013 cr-z

137 PS for the Revised Sporty CR-Z Hybrid

Honda has updated the sporty CR-Z hybrid with a range of improvements focusing on style and performance. The 2013 CR-Z hybrid makes its debut at Paris Motor Show. Subtle revisions to the exterior and interior enhance the styling of the car whilst the power of both the petrol engine and electric motor has been increased without comprising fuel economy or increasing exhaust emissions. The car also features a Lithium Ion battery for the first time. The revised CR-Z will go on sale in January 2013.

The 2013 CR-Z can be identified by a range of styling upgrades that emphasise the coupe’s sporty appeal. Style conscious motorists will appreciate the CR-Z’s new front bumper design, which frames a revised grille. This is complemented at the rear by a new aerodynamic diffuser design, while striking 17inch alloy wheels fill the wheel arches of the GT model. Two bold new colours, Energetic Yellow and Aurora Violet, further enhance the CR-Z’s stylish looks.

Honda has updated the hybrid’s interior by introducing a new material for the seats and door lining and a new colour scheme. Revisions to the door casings improve cabin storage, while new LED lights create a high quality feel at night. On GT models, the sporty appeal of the cabin is further enhanced by the addition of red detailing on the steering wheel, gear knob, seat and door trim.

The CR-Z’s 1.5-litre petrol engine has been updated with changes to the variable valve timing system and Engine Control Unit (ECU). An anti-vibration knock sensor has been introduced and the material of the crankshaft has been upgraded. The peak power output has been increased from 114 PS to 121 PS.

The electric motor system has also been improved. The change from a Nickel-metal hybrid (Ni-MH) to a Lithium Ion battery has been accompanied by an increase in power from 14 PS (10 kW) to 20 PS (15 kW).

Working in unison, the Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid system now delivers a combined output of 137 PS at 6600 rpm (+13 PS) and 190 Nm of torque (+16 Nm). The 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint time falls from 9.7 sec to 9.0 sec and top speed is 200 km/h (124 mph). The combined consumption is 5.0 l/km (56.5 mpg) and 116 g/km of CO2.*

* All figures for 2013 CR-Z S Model

To help the driver make the best use of this sporty performance, Honda has introduced a Plus Sport (S+) boost system. If the battery is more than 50% charged, the driver can activate this system using the S+ button on the steering wheel. 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.

The revisions to the 2013 CR-Z enhance its sporty appeal without compromising its impressive fuel economy and low exhaust emissions. The result is a car with a desirable combination of style, performance and driving pleasure.

Technical Specifications


4 valves per cylinder
Bore x stroke
73 x 89.4
Compression ratio
10.4 (Honda internal figure)
Max. Power (Engine)
@ rpm
Max. Torque (Engine)
@ rpm
Max. Power (Electric Motor)
@ rpm
Max. Torque (Electric Motor)
@ rpm
Max. Power (Combined)*
@ rpm
Max Torque (Combined)*
@ rpm
Fuel system
Honda PGM-FI Electronic Injection
Fuel rating
Unleaded, 95 RON


Extra Urban
CO2 emissions

Top Speed
Acceleration 0-100km/h



Note : Combined power and torque figures are not the sum of the maximum figures for engine and motor. Because the engine and motor generate their peak figures at different rev ranges, the maximum figure is less than the two peaks and this gives a better spread of power and torque.


CRV9 said...

Don't quote me though, I don't think the "Plus Sport" system would give you the extra boost like the "push-to-pass" in Indy cars.
I think it says that you press the button AND push(a nudge)on the gas will give you WOT by the DBW and the top IMA output(this, I think is the same as in "Sport mode" but quicker response)at the same time.

What they did to the new 1.5l are a stronger crankshaft, higher rpm, iVTEC.
To IMA are 100V to 144V(I think Vac), 1.5 times more output. The unit is tilted 5* forward for better cooling.

In suspenssions, the newer cast aluminum longer lower arm to accept new wider tires.
Hub bearings are strenthened for tighter camber.
Using stiffer compliant(?) and engine mount bushings. The front stabilizer is changed from 18mm to 19mm. Damper have been retuned for newer 17in tires, too.

I'm not sure these are new.
In 6mt, the shift stroke is 45mm. double cone sysnclonizer in 2nd, higher carbone content simgle cone in 3rd.

Something like that, don't quote me though.
(hope you don't mind posting the same again)

TOVA said...

Why would I mind at all ? These are incredible information. You more or less translated all the critical information for me and I can now use them to supplement my main translation of that page to put up a tech overview update for this CR-Z MMC. Thanks a lot.

CRV9 said...

It is 114Vdc, not ac. I was confused with CRZ GT(300GT). It's a brushless dc motor.

Unknown said...

Any idea when will this be released in Malaysia?

TOVA said...

Hi Nick,
So happens that I addressed this question of launch date in my latest post today. Basically 'my understanding' is that this MMC CR-Z will be launched here in Malaysia sometime next quarter. I think probably around Feb or maybe even Mar time frame.

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