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Old 03-01-2007, 09:59 AM   #1
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Japan Report: CRX Successor In The Mix At Honda

It’s news we thought we’d never hear - Honda is working on a new CRX.

For a whole number of reasons, Honda has for years refused to consider building a successor to one of its greatest enthusiast products, the two generations of tiny, Civic-based coupes that last appeared in the ’90s.

But now, at last, we hear that Honda’s thinking has changed, and a serious design proposal is under way at the company’s R&D design studios. It’s still in its early stages, but within the next couple of months, a decision will be made whether to take it further and approve it for production…

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Honda fans loved the CRX’s cool style, brilliant handling, and high revving speed; all wrapped up in that tiny, seductive package, with the second-generation 1.6-liter CRX VTEC arguably the most desirable of the lot.

But Honda management went cold on the car when insurance premiums soared skywards, especially in the U.S., where the trend hurt sales. The odd-looking 1992 CRX Del Sol (which was offered overseas with a robotic power retractable roof) flopped. In the aftermath, there have been one or two flickers that the CRX might still be alive (the 1997 J-VX Tokyo Show car being one example) and believe it or not, some at Honda saw the 1.0-liter Insight hybrid coupe as a kind of “new” CRX.

But still the business case for a new CRX never got off the ground, much to the frustration of enthusiasts (and quite a few gearheads inside Honda in Japan, who saw more than one design proposal canned).

What’s changed now is the runaway success of small sporty cars in the Mini Cooper mold and Honda’s determination to maximize use of the next Fit platform, on which a new CRX would be built.

There are still hurdles to be overcome, but a revival of one of Honda’s sporting icons looks more likely now than it has for a long time… and we think that’s great.
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Old 03-01-2007, 10:09 AM   #2
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After owning 2 second gen CRX's, I can honestly say the Acura RSX could be considered the third gen CRX...if only the price was cheaper.

That said, if Honda wants to revive the CRX, they need to make it:
1) cheap
2) light
3) with dual wishbone rear suspension
4) light
5) light
6) and did I mention light?

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Old 03-01-2007, 10:34 AM   #3
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That's awesome news. Could be the new car to have in HS/GS depending on the engine they put in it...
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Old 03-01-2007, 11:38 AM   #4
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And the problem again is it will be NA with around 200hp to the front wheels with an 8k redline and 120lbs of torque. Not going to compet with what's on teh market already like the MS3.
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Old 03-01-2007, 12:02 PM   #5
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And the problem again is it will be NA with around 200hp to the front wheels with an 8k redline and 120lbs of torque. Not going to compet with what's on teh market already like the MS3.
Not if it weighs 2500 lbs. or less. That won't happen though.
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Old 03-01-2007, 02:16 PM   #6
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I think that a new CRX having legs would not provide the reassuring feel in handling that people have come to expect from Honda's products. Also, what are the service intervals on the knee joints?
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Old 03-01-2007, 06:50 PM   #7
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Take the 1800lb honda insight, put the turbo engine from the rdx in it and call it a day.
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Old 03-01-2007, 07:00 PM   #8
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wow, i've heard this every month for the last 12 years.... but THIS TIME it must be true

any new model of the crx will be a disappointment...
the crx was nothing special what so ever, it was a slow 2 seater that handles poorly but was very cheap
it's only appeal was it's weight and suspension design which made it very responsive to both performance and handling mods.
unless they wanna use a stripped down model of the insight and drop in a k series, i couldnt care less if they badged a new car as a "crx"
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Old 03-01-2007, 07:36 PM   #9
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+1 The Insight is perfect to create a new CRX.
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Old 03-01-2007, 09:02 PM   #10
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Honda wont make another CRX... Honda's gone limp.
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Old 03-01-2007, 09:55 PM   #11
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I am not a big fan of FWD. That said the only FWD car have ever owned was an '88 crx--3 of them actually. I currently own one now that I autox in STS2. The reason that I love them are that they are cheap, light, bulletproof, and fun. Unless Honda can nail the cheap and light with the new one, I don't know if it will be successful.
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Old 03-01-2007, 10:31 PM   #12
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Take the 1800lb honda insight, put the turbo engine from the rdx in it and call it a day.
Maybe widen the rear track a bit too.
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Old 03-01-2007, 10:42 PM   #13
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Is WindingRoad a reliable source?
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Old 03-02-2007, 09:25 AM   #14
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the crx was nothing special what so ever, it was a slow 2 seater that handles poorly but was very cheap
it's only appeal was it's weight and suspension design which made it very responsive to both performance and handling mods.
Umm.. yeah, that's why it debuted in comparison tests against the Toyota MR2.

The CRX si was a hot hatch from day one. The Road & Track and Car & Driver articles of the day screamed about the excellent handling.
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Old 03-02-2007, 12:46 PM   #15
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I am not a big fan of FWD. That said the only FWD car have ever owned was an '88 crx--3 of them actually. I currently own one now that I autox in STS2. The reason that I love them are that they are cheap, light, bulletproof, and fun. Unless Honda can nail the cheap and light with the new one, I don't know if it will be successful.
Not a big fan of FWD either, but the CRX was one of the few vehicles that made sense as a FWD...
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Old 03-02-2007, 12:48 PM   #16
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yes if i had to own a honda it would be a 3g crx si
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Old 03-02-2007, 01:25 PM   #17
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Old 03-02-2007, 01:57 PM   #18
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Has anyone done that with an Insight? I love the idea!
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Old 03-02-2007, 02:03 PM   #19
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the crx was nothing special what so ever, it was a slow 2 seater that handles poorly but was very cheap
it's only appeal was it's weight and suspension design which made it very responsive to both performance and handling mods.
unless they wanna use a stripped down model of the insight and drop in a k series, i couldnt care less if they badged a new car as a "crx"
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Uh, Rick? Take it from someone who was old enough to (and did) autocross in the mid-late 1980's (my first autocross was in the Fall of 1984): The CRX was very definitely something special in its day.
Absolutely... this car was fun to drive when you had the likes of Toyota's 1.8L Corollas, Nissan's 1.6L Sentra, Datsun's 210 (those were nice). He don't know nothin' about that there
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Uh, Rick? Take it from someone who was old enough to (and did) autocross in the mid-late 1980's (my first autocross was in the Fall of 1984): The CRX was very definitely something special in its day.
it may have been better than some of the alternative compact crap boxes of it's day, but the car as it came is still nothing special

keep in mind, in it's day the geo metro/suzuki swift was concidered a badass autox car in a majority of other countries... for much of the same reasons the crx was

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it may have been better than some of the alternative compact crap boxes of it's day, but the car as it came is still nothing special










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it may have been better than some of the alternative compact crap boxes of it's day, but the car as it came is still nothing special

keep in mind, in it's day the geo metro/suzuki swift was concidered a badass autox car in a majority of other countries... for much of the same reason the crx was
let me guess...the ferrari 348 is also a turd because its no faster than an STi.
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let me guess...the ferrari 348 is also a turd because its no faster than an STi.
No the BMW M1 is a turd because it didn't come with nav and an iPod adapter and was a N/A I6 that only could go 160mph.
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Old 03-02-2007, 07:10 PM   #25
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Absolutely... this car was fun to drive when you had the likes of Toyota's 1.8L Corollas, Nissan's 1.6L Sentra, Datsun's 210 (those were nice). He don't know nothin' about that there
You meant 1.5L corollas. man i want to build a trueno.
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