Honda CR-Z to make comeback with 280bhp Type-R engine read the headlines. It certainly gets the pulse running on hyperdrive does it not? We have lived with a CR-Z that is while undoubtedly a hybrid technology showcase isn’t exactly a proper homage to its sizzling antecedent the one the only CR-X Si-R, the car I grew up watching making a mockery of some other fancier makes back then. With a primed 2 liter turbo powering its pretty petite proportions, that CR-Z should it ever somehow find its way down here (and knowing us resourceful Malaysians they always do) ought to be a force to be reckoned with.
While we’re busying ourselves trying to imagine how that CR-Z-R inevitability would look like when it pops up some time in the near future, and people, the future is closer than you think, we could in the mean time rely upon the healthy CRZ fan base we have here in the local scene to satiate our need for fast CR-Z types. Make no mistake about it fellas, we have here some speedy archetype that is considerably crazier and zanier than our F&F brethren thanks to a fine combination of knowledge, experience, and big and busty balls made from solid rock. And not just any rock I’m talking about the huge monolith that the Pyramids were built from. Yeah well you get the idea.
Before we plow on the straight and narrow path towards the very center of this mean looking CR-Z, there’s some wee bit of side story to the main story; an interlude of sorts. This pretty unique, pretty perky and pretty freakin fast CR-Z have had its ‘hyper premiere’ cover appearance a few years back with a pretty little model named Joey as a delectable fleshy garnish, and that by the way is no typo: the model is a female of average height with way above average sensuality and desirability, and she really goes by Joey. Whether there’s some form of kinkiness going on is entirely open to interpretation.
Okay now where was I? Yeah this CR-Z was on the cover sometime around a couple of years back having had underwent a major transplant that banished any hybrid eco-green trait from its personality. The promising but compromised CR-Z in its hybrid state was reengineered into a way more potent sports car with the aforementioned transplant – a K20A to be exact and taken up a notch or two or three by some beefier internals (high compression pistons, conrods plus Toda cams to boot), upgraded intakes, exhaust, reflashed ECU, manual gearbox and some more extra zest as per its handling and visual enhancements. So the million RM question is this: why the second appearance? What’s different? Why did chicken cross the street? Do aliens exist? What is up with the illuminati?
Yeah all worthy questions (except for the street crossing chicken) but moronic indulgence aside, this second appearance was down to one reasoning alone: the additional firepower. Now consider the above K20A package – with beefed up internals, new cams, aftermarket induction, exhaust, new engine management programming as such, the revised power figures ought to be substantial and ditto the emotional satisfaction as it were. But still, we are the most restless of God’s creatures and it is entirely in our nature to seek progress regardless of our endeavor. Undoubtedly, the exact same principle hold sway right here.
Perhaps even when the above work was done on this CR-Z a rewarding thought had already germinated inside the owner’s heart and mind. I mean being a certified full blooded Honda enthusiast, going fast is in his blood and pretty much the ‘couldn’t get enough’ saying had permeated his every being soon as he’d exploited the limits of the reworked K20A motor. Ultimately, the road that led to this very juncture was already configured back then and lo and behold! The K24 block was transplanted into the CR-Z’s compact engine bay, bringing with it a large excess of added oomph into the equation. With the numerous obvious pluses that the larger block has to offer, combined to a myriad of Type-R ancillaries, the owner shall be having some good quality time exploring the finer limits in his brawnier and mightier CR-Z.
Its additional aftermarket components such as the Mugen bodykit, handling upgrades and interior extras remained as it were, the ‘if it isn’t broken why fix it’ school of thought. The only change in comparison to the earlier version concerns its rolling stocks: new set of SSR wheels.
Car: Honda CR-Z
Engine: K24 i-VTEC engine swap
Transmission: 6-speed manual gearbox
Chassis & Handling: CLAWS adjustable racing suspension
Brakes: Brembo 4-pot racing calipers
Wheels & Tires: 18 inch SSR alloy wheels
Exterior: Mugen bodykit
Interior: Recaro semi bucket seats
Photo: Dennis Lhy