17 March 2011
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Honda CR-Z

Honda CR-Z

Mugen to build high-performance Honda CR-Z

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17 March 2011 | 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 CO2 emissions during some conditions. However, at this early development stage, final power, torque and fuel economy figures are not yet known.

Honda CR-Z

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.

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.

Honda CR-Z

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