Honda CR-Z Mugen Preview


Honda has finally listened to what fans and auto specialist have been telling them since the very first day they announced the CR-Z Hybrid. They are finally going to launch a hotted up spporty version of the car which they promise will deliver Type-R like performance and styling.

But even now they are not making it directly. They let the in-house tuning and motorsport arm Mugen do all the work. There is currently no official figures on how much power the Mugen CR-Z will produce, but since they have plans to upgrade both the 1.5 liter petrol engine and the electric motor and the whole chassis and suspension settings, it’s gong to be satisfying!

The standard CR-Z is a good car ruined by its pathetic powertrain. It looks very nice and charming but with a 120-hp output it is painfully slow and that makes it quite literally a disaster!

mugen cr z 1 Honda CR Z Mugen Preview

The CR-Z Mugen also gets a nice visual treatment as mentioned. A carbon fiber bonnet as well as revised bumpers, new side skirts and a big rear wing as well as a set of new wheels that have uprated brake system inside them and some interior modifications are also included in the package.

The car will be revealed as a concept during 2011 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Production date is yet to be announced.

Press Release:

MUGEN Euro is developing a highly-tuned version of Honda’s CR-Z, which will deliver “Type R-like” performance from the hybrid’s petrol-electric powertrain – and may offer even better fuel economy.

This faster, more powerful car will make its world debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July.

The CR-Z MUGEN will feature enhancements to both the 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine and the Honda IMA system to boost power and torque, while bespoke brakes and suspension will be fitted to improve the chassis dynamics.

The major engine changes, and those made to exhaust and induction, may even result in greater mpg and lower CO 2 emissions during some conditions. However, at this early development stage, final power, torque and fuel economy figures are not yet known.

Lightweight components, including a carbon fibre bonnet, will be employed to lower the overall weight, and the car will use MUGEN alloy wheels to reduce unsprung mass.

To improve aerodynamics and give the car an even more sporting look, MUGEN body parts will be added, including front and rear bumpers, and a spoiler.

“We wanted to extend the performance of the CR-Z,” says Hiro Toyoda of MUGEN Euro. “It is already a fun car to drive, with an excellent chassis, but we thought that with more power and enhanced torque delivery it could be even more exciting. However, as with all MUGEN projects, we have stayed true to the Honda design and philosophy, and the electric motor is still a vital ingredient to boost performance and economy.”

The CR-Z MUGEN is a joint project between Honda (UK) and MUGEN Euro – the Northampton-based subsidiary of Honda’s long standing tuning partner MUGEN. In 2009, MUGEN Euro produced the Civic Type R MUGEN, an extreme, 240PS version of Honda popular hot hatch.

“This will be one quick hybrid,” says Martin Moll, Head of Marketing for Honda (UK). “With more torque, more power and MUGEN’s experience of working with Honda cars, we’re expecting great things. It promises to show how hybrid cars can be even more exciting to drive.”

At this stage, the CR-Z MUGEN is being developed purely as a one-off prototype, with no plans for a production version.

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