In 2010, Honda released the CR-Z as the world's first hybrid sports car. They received orders for 10,000 cars within the first month, of which 40% were 6-speed MT, and very unusual trend for a hybrid. This was breaking news indicating the dawn of a new age for sports cars.
But there was more in store for sports car fans. Spoon, the tuning specialist of Honda soon announced the Spoon CR-Z.
Though they did not go as far as to modify the motor in the power train, the 1496cc SOHC 4 valve i-VTEC 4 cylinder engine was disassembled down to the very last bolt and rebalanced, and a high rpm camshaft and large bore throttle body was added.
Combined with careful tuning of the computer, the power was increased by 30 HP, for a total of 142 HP. The rev limit was raised by a full 1,200 rpm, from the standard 6,300 rpm up to 7,500 rpm.
The body height was lowered by 1.1 inches, and the brakes were reinforced with a twin block caliper and special front rotors. Combined with the CR93 racing wheels, are 205/45/R17 Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 tires.
No effort has been spared in reducing weight. The air conditioning has been removed, and the engine hood was remade in carbon. Through the culmination of many other small reductions, the weight of the car has been reduced by 135 kg.
Its direct handling characteristics on winding roads is definitely worth praise, and with the sound of the Spoon original sports muffler, anyone driving the car is immediately spellbound by the engine's high rpm range. With the bucket seats set low, the view of the world for the driver's seat is transformed into a world of pure sports cars. It is as if Spoon has brought forth the true form of the CR-Z.