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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, and one of the biggest automotive 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."