Honda CR-Z Hybrid Built For Racing Gets Nice Upgrades

Earlier this month, Honda was said to enter a total of 10 cars, motorcycles and ATVs in the upcoming 2013 Pikes Peak Hill Climb. Along with setting a world record for the company with the most entries in the ultimate hill climb, Honda is also aiming for an overall victory. Last year, Honda obtained victories only in the 450 Division and the “Quad Modified” class, making the run a nearly complete disappointment for the proud automaker.

One of these 10 entries will be a CR-Z driven by Sage Marie for Honda North America in the Exhibition class. This race version of the CR-Z was developed by Honda Performance Development and will be equipped with a turbocharger and upgraded hybrid drivetrain that delivers a total of 200 horsepower.

Honda CR-Z

Honda CR-Z (image via Honda)

The 91st running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is scheduled for June 30, 2013 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The Honda CR-Z is powered by a 1.5-liter petrol engine combined with an electric motor for a total output of 137 horsepower at 6,600 rpm and a peak torque of 140 pound-feet. The CR-Z can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 9 seconds and goes up to a top speed of 124 mph.

In the U.S. market the CR-Z is priced from $19,975.

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