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Next-Generation Honda CR-Z May Ditch Hybrid In Favor Of 2.0L Turbo

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2017 Honda CR-Z Rendering

When the Honda CR-Z was first revealed back in 2009, enthusiasts were hopeful that Honda had gone back to their CRX roots with this new car. But that hope was short-lived, as the car was launched as a hybrid that lacked on all fronts. Over the years, Honda has made modest updates to try and broaden the appeal of the CR-Z, going as far as offering a supercharger kit that pumped the car up to 197HP. No dice.

Now we’re hearing from multiple sources that the 2017 Honda CR-Z might be the car we’ve been waiting for all this time, in the form of an all-new, more performance-oriented model. Expected to be marginally bigger than the current CR-Z, the new model would borrow design cues from the new NSX and the Civic Type R. Under the hood will be a detuned version of the Type R’s turbocharged, 2.0-liter VTEC four-cylinder, putting out more than 280 horsepower!

While we’re still smarting from the fact that we’re not getting the Honda Civic Type R in the US, the prospect of a real successor to the CRX is helping us cope.. For god’s sakes Honda, please don’t screw this up!

[Illustration by Holiday Auto Magazine]

Sujeet Patel is the founder of Guys Gab, the definitive men's lifestyle blog, and he's one of the biggest car enthusiast you'll ever meet. He's been fortunate enough to turn his passion for cars into a full-time job. Like they say, "If you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life."

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