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SEMA 2010: Bisimoto Honda CR-Z is a 533-horsepower madhouse

01 bisi 630 450x300 SEMA 2010: Bisimoto Honda CR Z is a 533 horsepower madhouse

The team from Bisimoto has taken to curing the Honda CR-Z hybrid of its anemia by prescribing massive doses of forced induction. The stock 1.5-liter four-cylinder was extracted and rebuilt using Arias pistons and a Bisimoto valvetrain, but the star of the show is that massive billet Turbonetics turbo. It shoves ample amounts of air through a 70-millimeter custom throttle body at a rate that has to rival most jet engines. The whole kit and caboodle is good for a staggering 533 horsepower, which helps explain why a car that started life with a 0-60 mph time of 10 seconds now requires a parachute to reduce its inertia.

Is this proof positive that the CR-Z has the kind of tunability that made the CRX legendary, or simply an example of cash conquering all handicaps? Decide for yourself as you scroll through our high-res image gallery below.

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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by dailycar - November 5, 2010 at 9:55 pm

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SEMA 2010: 2011 Honda CR-Z Mugen is a rare oddity

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Heads up, CR-Z fans: Honda has announced that the company will be releasing a mere 300 Mugenaccessory kits for the Japanese sport hybrid. The ultra-rare bodywork includes bits like a completely revised front fascia with an altered grille design, a massive rear spoiler and flashy 17-inch rollers. Under the hood things stay nearly completely stock, though Honda has swapped the blasé plastic oil filler cap with a billet aluminum piece. Astounding, we know.

But all of that pales in comparison to the interior work. Along with a new shift knob, Honda has installed “sport mats.” We aren’t entirely sure what makes a floor mat sporty, but we’ll take their word for it.

The body kits will be available in all five CR-Z colors. So far, there’s no word on how much the kits will cost, but we can’t imagine they’ll go cheap. Hit the jump for the full press blast.

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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by dailycar - November 3, 2010 at 9:48 am

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Honda boosts Insight fuel economy by lengthening start-stop ability?

2009 insight ex 009 630 450x264 Honda boosts Insight fuel economy by lengthening start stop ability?

Honda has not yet given up in the entry-level hybrid fight. There’s the new, not-for-U.S. Jazz (Fit) Hybrid, for one thing, but the older Insight hybrid isn’t being left in the dust, either. Autocar reports that some of the lessons from the Jazz are being applied to the Insight – most importantly that the “stop” time of the Insight’s stop-start cycle can now be up to 90 seconds long in Eco Mode.

Because of “obscure patenting reasons” that made the system assume a worst-case humidity situation, the previous limit was just 30 seconds. This change can save a lot of gas in city driving. There are no new mile-per-gallon numbers to tout just yet, and the change isn’t likely to affect America’s EPA figures (the government agency’s test cycle doesn’t recognize the benefits of start-stop), but it’s a nice, green upgrade nonetheless.
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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by dailycar - October 30, 2010 at 11:49 am

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Holden Efijy Concept to be honored at Motorclassica Concours in Australia

holden efijy 450x300 Holden Efijy Concept to be honored at Motorclassica Concours in Australia

The Holden Efijy Concept is set to have a little extra (and very well deserved, we may add) time in the spot light. The slinky machine has been chosen to headline Australia’s first international concours d’elegance at the end of this month, where it will be joined by classic and exotic vehicles from around the world. Holdenfirst debuted the Efijy back in 2005, and the car immediately garnered praise from hot rod fans and designers alike thanks to its ’50s-inspired lines and otherworldly powertrain. You see, under that retro skin sits a thoroughly modern driveline, including a chassis borrowed from a Chevrolet Corvette.

This thing isn’t just a looker, either. Under that lead-sled coupe hood sits a fire-breathing, supercharged, 6.0-liter LS2 V8. Should you decide to open up both taps, there’s a full 645 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque at your beck and call.

The Australian International Concourse d’Elegance kicks off on October 22 and runs until the 24th. Hit the jump to see the full press release.
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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by dailycar - October 17, 2010 at 10:54 pm

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Honda UK shows off 2011 Civic hatch with Type-R cues

01 uk civic 630 450x264 Honda UK shows off 2011 Civic hatch with Type R cues

Honda has just released details on what buyers in the UK can expect to see from the 2011 Civic. The company has kept the changes to its spacey-looking five-door largely cosmetic, including a new grille up front. The company says that piece borrows cues from the legendary Type R, and if you squint your eyes enough, you can almost see the resemblance. A new range of wheels is also available for next year ranging in size from 16 to 17 inches depending on engine and trim level. There’s also a new Ionized Bronze paint color available across the lineup.

Inside, Honda has moved to up the ante ever so slightly. SE and ES trims will now boast seats that are covered in half fabric and half Alcantara, while the Si guise now comes with heated front thrones. Otherwise, the vehicle stays much the way it was for 2010. Under the hood, buyers are still greeted with the familiar 1.4 and 1.8-liter powerplants, and the horsepower figures haven’t moved from last year’s numbers, either. Hit the jump for the full press release.

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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by dailycar - October 12, 2010 at 10:25 am

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