Honda hinted at its future performance-oriented plans for its CR-Z lineup today at the SEMA show in Las Vegas.Not content with letting the aftermarket industry have all the fun, Honda's factory skunkworks unveiled three custom CR-Zs for the SEMA show.
Honda Performance Development put together the stripped out white, black and red CR-Z that took center stage. Featuring a turbocharged four-cylinder powertrain, the HPD CR-Z Racer puts out 175 horsepower and 155 lb-ft. of torque. Combined with the hybrid electric components, the HPD CR-Z Racer cranks out more than 200 horsepower, according to Honda.
Larger brakes and upgraded wheels and tires improve handling and braking, while a stripped body shell reduces weight.
The HPD CR-Z Racer more than hints at a future CR-Z spec racing series, but Honda still says it has nothing to announce.
The bright red Hybrid R Concept also features a 200 horsepower powertrain and an upgraded suspension, but it retains most of its standard CR-Z creature comforts. Like the HPD CR-Z Racer, the Hybrid R hints at a Type R variant of the standard CR-Z.
Honda also used the SEMA Show to announce a Mugen-tuned version of the CR-Z would be making production. Limited to just 300 examples, the 2011 Mugen CR-Z will feature a Mugen body kit, larger rear spoiler, 17-inch wheels, Mugen shifter knob and billet aluminum oil-filler cap. The 2011 Honda Mugen CR-Z will be available next spring.