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Honda could be readying a gas-only version of its CR-Z hybrid, including a high-performance model.

Hond's all-new CR-Z hybrid is intended to blend performance with fuel economy, but a future version of the hatchback may put a greater emphasis on all-out performance.

According to the UK's Autocar, Honda is readying a gas-only version of the CR-Z. The CR-Z currently comes fitted with a 112 horsepower 1.5L four-cylinder mated to Hond's integrated hybrid system.

The gas-only version of the CR-Z will reportedly come with a turbocharged 1.6L four-cylinder engine. Two versions of the mill are said to be in the works - a base model with 160 horsepower and an up-level 200 horsepower variant. The latter will likely be branded as the CR-Z Type R, although the Si nameplate could be used for the U.S. version.

Honda has yet to confirm if such a plan is in place, but the Japanese automaker did display a factory-backed turbocharged version of the current CR-Z at the 2010 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. If the latest reports are to be believed, the gas-only version of the CR-Z should be unveiled by the end of next year.

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