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Honda Z

Honda Z

595#160;kg (1,312#160;lb)

Honda Z (marketed also as the Z600 ) is a two-door hatchback kei car /city car manufactured and marketed by the Honda Motor Company. from 1970 until 1972.


1970-1972 [ edit ]

Honda Z

The two-door Honda Z debuted in 1970 and was marketed for model years 1970 to 1972. US sales (only with the larger 600#160;cc engine) ended in 1972, prior to the 1973 introduction of the Civic. Marketed as the sport coupГ© version of the N600. the two were sold side by side at American motorcycle dealerships until the first stand-alone automobiles dealers opened to market the Civic. Total production was 40,586 units [ citation needed ] .

In certain countries such as the USA the Z600 name simply reflected the engine’s size of 598#160;cc (36#160;cu#160;in). The smaller-engined Honda Z360 was available in Japan (and other markets, such as Australia) with a 354#160;cc (22#160;cu#160;in) twin. In the UK they only came in 600cc form and were called simply ‘Honda Z‘ with no mention of the engine size in the name.

As with all cars in the Kei class, the Z360’s specifications were tightly governed. The Z360 originally featured an air-cooled, 354#160;cc, 2-cylinder SOHC engine with a 4- or 5-speed transmission driving the front wheels.

Outputs were 31#160;PS (23#160;kW; 31#160;hp) at 8,500#160;rpm for the Act and Pro versions, and 36#160;PS (26#160;kW; 36#160;hp) at an astronomical 9,000#160;rpm for the sportier TS and GS models. [ 1 ] The Z600 model’s 598#160;cc SOHC engine was rated at 36#160;PS (26#160;kW; 36#160;hp). In December 1971, the Z360 received a facelift and a water-cooled engine, it too producing 36#160;PS (26#160;kW; 36#160;hp) at 9,000#160;rpm. Only a month later, the 31#160;PS engine used in the lower spec variants (Standard, Deluxe, Automatic, Custom) also became water-cooled. [ 2 ] The engine’s technical achievements reflected influence from Honda’s larger 1.3 L air-cooled four cylinder used in the Honda 1300 coupe and sedan.

The Z featured coil sprung and independent front suspesion and leaf springs on a live beam axle rear suspension. The interior accommodated two adults, with a very small rear seat. [ citation needed ] A rear glass hatch with a black plastic surround opened to a shallow cargo area. Below the cargo area a compartment, accessible via a lid behind the number plate, held the spare wheel and tools.

Later versions, after a November 1972 facelift, deleted the extra lid. These also received the new EA engine of 356#160;cc (22#160;cu#160;in), now only available in a more powerful, 36#160;PS (26#160;kW; 36#160;hp) version. [ 3 ]

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