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Real life racing [View Article]    (Score: 1, Normal) 08-24-2010 08:49
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On Sunday, I had a chance to take Euro-spec CR-Z to the race track. One that is typically used by karts but a lot of fun in smaller cars, too. The answer to the question "what is the car good for" has been pretty much answered.

In contrast with the article, you will rev the engine to the red line ALL THE TIME. One lap on short, less than 1 mile long circuit will drain the batteries enough so the modest L15 will be left on it's own. In a "touge-style" battle against Del Sol, CR-Z was basically equal - it could't pull away from my targa and the targa didn't pull away when I was behind the wheel of the CR-Z.
When we tried this with '02 Miata 1.6, CR-Z was gone in the dust (but the Miata had slicks and really good bilstein suspension so this comparison wasn't completely fair).

As a friend with the Miata (who owns a Jazz as a winter car) pointed out - it would be good winter car, faster than Jazz (1.2) and more fun. I had the same feeling - considering the huge price tag (better equipped versions are on par with Euro Civic Type-R), I expected more. The brakes are very good, steering is good, transmission very good and suspension one of the best I've ever driven in a Honda, yet it cannot translate into any reasonable "sporty" advantage due to total lack of power. I can imagine CR-Z as a trendy car for my girlfriend to drive around with more fun on the way to school/work than in a Civic 1.8 but not for the money.

In short, CR-Z is a good-looking, eye-catching and fun-to-drive coupe for those that have enough money for an alternative to Jazz and other "boring" daily drives. Yet it has very little chance to take over enthusiasts the way CRX did 20 years ago. Let's see SEMA and what could HKS do with the supercharger and mainly, let's see if Honda decides to offer reasonably powered version in the future.
 
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