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As the world’s first with sporting intent and a manual box, the Honda has been worth the wait. a challenging, winding road, the new coupé was quick, stable and That won’t be enough for enthusiasts, who will still the Japanese manufacturer should gone further in sharpening up the and suspension.  Honda, for its part, to create a car with a more balance between speed, comfort and eco-friendliness.

And with its low CO2 the firm has delivered, by building a that’s a lot more fun to drive an Insight, but still as clean. The of the CR-Z confirms that don’t have to be boring.

love affair with cars is growing ever – but until now, our obsession has built on machines that low CO2 and high mpg, rather great performance. So, can this new 1.5-litre hybrid coupé be the car to put right?

The daring Honda CR-Z hit UK roads in June, and with set to start at £16,999, the CR-Z is to reinvent the sector. It has a 0-60mph time of less than 10 and an emphasis on performance that has missing from petrol-electric

To find out more, we headed to the southern Japanese island of foran early first

Under the skin, the new CR-Z is based on the latest Insight – but as you discover, the car is much sharper, and, most importantly, entertaining.

Away from the you can feel a tautness in the suspension isn’t evident in the family-oriented saloon – which is a good As you start to slip through the gears and up the pace, the newcomer proves itself to be well and very responsive.

Up front, the 1.5-litre hybrid punchy, while the six-speed box – the first in a hybrid since the Insight was sold – is quick, and fun to use.

All of which comes as a bit of a a relief even, when you how things could have out. At motor shows and events, rumours had spread the model’s likely weight and a shortfall.

But the CR-Z is proof a car can be much more than the sum of its Many expected Honda to a hard-edged, high-rev performance but the CR-Z is anything but.

it’s sporty, that on balancing pace with a nature hasn’t gone With combined fuel of 56.4mpg and a 117g/km CO2 output, the is about more than

The formula this time a Jazz-based 1,496cc i-VTEC coupled to a small electric Total power is 125bhp, torque peaks at 174Nm.

As you you find the CR-Z’s star act is its low-rev urge, with extra boost from the motor providing a helping especially below 2,000rpm. And driveability is key, because the engine starts to get loud as the climb past 5,000rpm. the throttle to the floor, and you soon the 6,500rpm limit.

So this car is no successor to the brilliant late VTEC CR-X, with its maximum.

Still, as with the the hybrid drivetrain is seamless and With Honda’s IMA hybrid as it is here, you can’t run on electric alone, which will the new car’s appeal to some

Credit to Honda, though, for the way the handles.

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It’s shorter and than the Insight, set lower to the and gets its own stiffened chassis and set-up, plus a set of 16-inch tyres.

Through the twists and of some entertaining mountain the car felt nimble, and there’s a linear feel to the steering and Yet ultimately, it’s predictable and rather than thrilling. a fair degree of understeer and roll on the limit, and the ride is but well controlled.

Honda be more interested in telling you the wealth of modern technology on such as the clever 3-Mode System. Dashboard buttons you the choice of Sport, Normal and which alter settings for the feel, transmission and electric depending on how you want to drive.

The speedometer ring also colour to suit (red, or green). This is just one of neat facia gizmos monitor your driving

The CR-Z’s cabin is a mixed It offers a superb, sporty position and impressive seat But not everyone will appreciate the cabin design, with its retro-style pods either of the wheel.

The overall finish is bar some cheap plastics the doors.

Unfortunately, the minimalist seat area is barely for adults, while for the driver, three-quarter vision isn’t On the plus side, there’s a load space, with the battery housed beneath the floor.

When it hits in the UK, the CR-Z will come in model grades (S, Sport and with prices ranging £17,000 to £20,000.

On Japanese the car acquitted itself well, if it’s not quite the performance some might have for. In its home market, are flooding in – and Honda’s pitch for the as a new “hybrid café racer”, up the CR-Z well.

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