A couple of days ago, I had the chance to test drive the new Honda CR-Z.
The car belongs to Eric, a very good mate of mine and he’s had this hot hybrid hatch for just over a month. His other car is an R35.
In that time, he’s already added a Mugen bodykit, changed the whole exhaust system, switched the suspension and is now waiting on a Hondata ECU to arrive.
The interior of the car is pretty decent and very Star-Trekky … as is with all of Honda’s new cars.
I was super mesmerized but the center display. The speed display looks like is is “floating” and the red surround changes color depending on whether you are in Sport Mode (red) or Normal Mode (green)
The freaky thing about the car is that the engine turns off automatically when you come to a standstill. I know this is a feature on a lot of new cars now, but it’s still a little bit unsettling when you stop at a traffic light and everything goes quiet. One drawback of this is that the air-con compresser turns off aswell, so if you’re stuck at a light for a while, it might start to get a bit warm.
I drove the car all the way from downtown Georgetown up to the dam at Teluk Bahang so I could get a good impression of how it handled on all sorts of different roads.
Eric and I were laughing all the way up to the dam because no matter how hard I tried to make the tyres squeal, the CR-Z just stuck to the road and took everything I hurled at it. In fact, Eric kept screaming, “Faster! Faster!”
The CR-Z’s cornering limits are insane and far superior to that of most sportscars today and it handles even better than my Impreza!
Another thing that really surprised me was the braking ability of the car. When you brake hard, the front of the car does NOT dip at all and the brakes really bite. I mean REALLY bite. Weight balance is perfect and the car is just heaps of fun to drive. My only gripe is the 6500rpm redline. If is was 8000rpm … hmmmmmmmm
You would be hard pressed to find a better handling car for RM115,000.