Originally Posted by hargert
Yes but then it will add cost, if Honda could have given the Insight more torque or HP without effecting the size and wieght and thus the MPG they would have. Unless of course it would have effected the cost and as we all know they were going for low cost hybrid. In any engineering problem you can have any two of the following time/cost/quallity. Or in this case weight/power/cost pick what two you want. I for one would gladly pay an extra 2k-7k premium for a more powerfull version of the CRZ that could get anywhere close to 250 ft-lbs of torque. I dont care as much about top speed (how often do you get to drive 90 mph+).
Understood and agree about much of that.
I honestly believe, if Honda stays true to the CR-Z concept then what was good for the Insight will not necessarily be good for the CR-Z. The entire premise of the CR-Z was to be the 1st company to add together the following Hybrid + Sportyfun
. Clearly the Insight is more along the lines of Hybrid + Familyhauler
. These two objectives could not be farther apart, thus I still believe Honda can, and will, do things to the CR-Z that they would never do to the Insight.
And as you mentioned price, which obviously will have a huge bearing on the outcome of what we get, never have I read they were trying to get the CR-Z under 20, although I have been reading that about the Insight all along.
I have said it before, and I will say it again, the 1st company that can successfully combine Hybrid + Sportyfun
is going to have a sales hit on their hands.