Geneva preview: Honda CR-Z

February 10, 2010 § Leave a comment

Honda’s  Mk2 Insight hybrid has been a bit of a disappointment – glacially slow, hard-riding, uninspiring to drive and even duller in the cabin – so the CR-Z 2+2-seater coupe’s going to try and redress the balance.

Key features are its six-speed manual gearbox (hooray!) and an improved chassis and steering; the driver can select three modes for steering, throttle response  and IMA assistance.  It gets Honda’s 1.5-litre petrol engine and IMA (Integrated Motor Assist) module, and Honda’s claiming 56.4mpg and 117g/km of carbon dioxide. Might wait to drive it before passing judgement on its ‘kart-like handling and direct steering’ (Tom Gardner, head of marketing, Honda UK), however.

UK sales start this summer, and prices and specs will be announced in Geneva.

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