Coming to a Curvy Road Near You.
The CR-Z, with its short wheelbase, responsive handling, and available six-speed manual gearbox, will undoubtedly find its way to a curvy road near you. The CR-Z is the kind of car that begs to be driven to remote, scenic locations and roads with lots of corners, switchbacks and sweepers.
Although the CR-Z is not yet available to the public, a select few have been making the rounds with the press in the past few weeks for initial driving impressions. When the press first saw the car last January, most were pleased with its looks, but were skeptical about our claim that a hybrid could be fun to drive. Once members of the press actually got behind the wheel of the CR-Z, their doubts were often replaced by the pleasant realization that the CR-Z does, in fact, offer a unique and enjoyable driving experience. We’ll stop short of saying “we told you so,” but it’s nice to know that multiple third parties are pleased with what the CR-Z has to offer. Check out these early impressions.
To add speed, add lightness.
These wise words are attributed to the legendary English motoring magician, Colin Chapman. For the uninitiated, Chapman founded the famous sports car company, Lotus, and before his death in 1982, led it to seven Constructors' Titles, six Drivers' Championships, a little ol' race in Indianapolis, , and production of many classic sports cars for lucky owners around the world. While his influence and credentials are truly gold standard, it is his engineering theory as noted in the title above that continues to win the hearts of true automotive enthusiasts around the world. And just to make sure we all understood, he also said: "More power makes it fast on the straight, less weight makes it fast everywhere."
"Fun to drive" isn't always about huge horsepower and quarter-mile trap speeds.
"Fun to drive," as defined by the CR-Z, is all about handling and the feeling of enjoyment behind the wheel. Honda engineers stress precise steering control, good visibility, competent suspension, capable braking and lively handling across the model range. The new CR-Z embraces all of these qualities with an exclamation point. From the cockpit, the whole CR-Z experience is about joy of driving. So, while CR-Z won't be shattering speed records at Bonneville any time soon, it'll be fun to drive everywhere, with the nimble, agile feel for which Honda cars have always been famous.