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2016 Honda CR-Z Unveiled In Japan

Did the affordable hybrid get better to drive?

Before theFerrari LaFerrari, Porsche 918 and McLaren P1, there was the Honda CR-Z. The sportyhybrid was the only vehicle on the market that provided enthusiasts with anenjoyable ride and the ability to help the environment at the same time. Now,the facelifted CR-Z has just made its debut in Japan. The affordable, sportyhybrid gets a refreshed front fascia with a wing-line lip, a redesigned rearfascia and a more dynamic stance thanks to the rear wheels being pushed out. Itmay not be a supercar, but the hybrid definitely looks better.

The JDM-specCR-Z features new LED headlights, but CR-Zs in the US won’t be offered withthose headlights to keep costs down. Changes to the hybrid haven’t been confinedto the outside. The hybrid also gets an electric parking brake, a touch-panelaudio screen, along with a new sound system with an engine amplifier that producesfake engine noise. Unfortunately, Honda decided not to touch the CR-Z’s anemicengine, so the 1.5-liter engine and electric motor still produce a lethargic 130hp. The 2016 Honda CR-Z is expected to go on sale in the US shortly after itsJapanese date in October.

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