When you drive a Honda hybrid car you will find that they do a whole lot more than just benefit the environment. But can this sentiment be applied to hybrid cars in general?
The biggest advantages of hybrid cars are that they use less fuel and, in doing so, are kinder to the environment. This is because an electric car runs off a battery that is charged up by electricity rather than fuel from a combustion engine. Essentially this means that the electrically charged vehicle creates significantly less pollution than combustion engine vehicles.
One of the biggest factors that put people off owning a hybrid car is the fact that acceleration is typically much slower than in conventional cars. Honda Civic cars, for example, have a 0 – 60 acceleration time in excess of ten seconds.
One vehicle that can boast to existing in stark contrast to the reputation of hybrid vehicles being slow off the mark is the Honda Mugen CR-Z GT. Whilst the re-born Honda CR-Z received a somewhat lukewarm reception, which could essentially be attributed to the fact that the model only has a 122 horsepower hybrid powertrain, the Mugen CR-Z GT uses a 2.8-litre twin turbocharged V6 engine that is backed up by a racing hybrid system.
Whilst the Mugen CR-Z GT is a racing car, which was debuted during the Super GT Series Round 4 SUGO GT 300 kilometre race which was held in July 2012, for everyday consumers who want to combine the fuel efficiency and environmentally friendly nature of a hybrid car with the ‘zip’ of the Mugen CR-Z GT, a Honda CR-Z Sport could potentially act as the perfect compromise.
The new Honda CR-Z Sport hybrid has been described as providing “performance heaven”, a far cry from the connotations of slow and sluggish cars that could even potentially be burned off by a Mini at some traffic lights, something that hybrid vehicles are traditionally associated with.
One of the greatest assets of the Honda CR-Z is the fact that it is the world’s first production hybrid car to offer a six-speed manual transmission. In having a six-speed gearbox, drivers are better equipped at handling different speeds and various terrains, including a high final-drive ratio for superb fuel efficiency.
Although the new CR-Z is far from being the only experience that Honda has had with six-speed manuals, as models including the S2000 and the Civic SI both come with the distinct advantage of having a six-speed manual gearbox.
Style and sophistication is at the heart of the CR-Z’s design, both internally and externally. With such an efficient gearbox capability, it is certainly important that the CR-Z’s gear stick looks the part. This ergonomically shaped grip lever is notably easy to grip and in the CR-Z EX, is finished in aluminium and black leather – yet more evidence of Honda’s hybrid cars exuding the multiple features of style, sophistication and speed.