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Honda CR-Z by Mugen - Click above for image gallery

With yesterday's leaked brochure of the production version of the 2011 Honda CR-Z, a Temple of VTEC member wasted no time uploading what could be the first Mugen variant of Honda's new hybrid hatch.

Details on the mods are minimal, but the tuner appears to be working on a dress-up package that includes a new front bumper/splitter, side skirts, rear bumper and wing. Naturally, a new set of wheels are part of the package -- what appears to be a set of 17-inch, seven spoke hoops, likely shod in stickier rubber.

Given Mugen's strong ties to Honda, expect the full kit to be available through dealers in Japan when the CR-Z goes on sale early next year.




[Source: TOV]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      As a previous CRX owner, I'm most definitely excited about this car. However, why this car needs a hybrid configuration is beyond me. It will just draw up the price.

      If they get rid of the electric motor and retain the nimbleness the original CRXs had, this just might be a graduation present for myself.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The 1984 model turned out a whopping 76hp. I'd bet the CR-Z has a better 0-60 than that one did. Though some of the later SI models may have it beat.
        • 5 Years Ago
        So, go far enough back in time and you might find a car slower than this?

        People who defend this pedestrian performance by comparing to cars from 25 years ago also need to realize that times change.

        Acceptable performance a quarter century ago, isn't that acceptable today.




      • 5 Years Ago
      It looks decent. I never really liked Mugen rims (I don't really care how light they are... 16lbs for 18 inch or whatever, still ugly haha) and the wing. But other than that, not bad.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love how people are judging how underwhelming the powertrain is, when the car's not even released yet.

      Come on, give Honda a chance. But if they DO blow it... then well, tough cookies.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wonderful, now the car will be even slower.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Not THAT Matt - Agreed, the first honda to actually interest me visually since the s2000. No one's saying so I will, visually, this makes up for the cross tour fugly fest.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think you'll be surprised by the way the acceleration feels from behind the wheel. Remember, this car has 164 lb/ft of torque at *1000 rpm*. That's practically at idle. Having an electric motor is like having a silent little V8 under the hood for that first 0-15 mph burst off the line.

        Sure, it'll trail off by the 40-50 mph range. But even the 9.7-second 0-62 mph time quoted the other day is a little deceptive. 0-60 times are often significantly shorter than 0-62 mph times (think a half-second or so) because a) the car is gaining speed much more slowly by that time, and b) because manufacturers often gear their cars for a shift right around 60--that makes for a better 0-60 time, but then there's lost time as the driver shifts before hitting 62.

        I'm guessing in real-world driving this car will feel punchier than your typical compact, even if it's no sport-compact in acceleration.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ditto
        • 5 Years Ago
        Seriously, that powertrain sounds like a huge disappointment.

        WTF Honda? Couldn't you whip up a DOHC 2.0 with some heavy duty electric stuff?

        I hope these numbers are not true. Give me a six second 0-60 that does 40MPG's.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm not a huge fan of Honda, but the leaked images of this CR-Z have been pretty consistently impressive.
        • 5 Years Ago
        honestly, no one gives a crap until there is a non hybrid version
        • 5 Years Ago
        WTF are you people complaining about? Big deal you don't get to 60 in six seconds...is it the end of the freaking world?

        Get a hobby or something...
        • 5 Years Ago
        "cross tour fugly fest" = +1
      • 5 Years Ago
      the CRZ does really remind me of the original CRX
      this is probably not a completely bad thing :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      What, I can't imagine why they jumped from the CR-X to the CR-Z with nary a CR-Y in between?
      • 5 Years Ago
      The brochure lists25km/l and 22.5km/l which I assume is city/hwy order.

      58.8/52.9 mpg... according to Google. Pretty nice.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ...And an awesome bump to 145bhp!
        • 5 Years Ago
        And a bump up to 85 ft-lbs!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Also, this car is pretty tiny... at 160 inches, it's a mere 6 inches longer than my friend's Scion xA, which is a teeny tiny car to begin with. I think this car's gonna offer sublime handling.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ok, it is kind of lame as hybirds go, and really lame as gas powered cars go.
      so, what is interesting or cool about this car?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yup...

        U-G-L-Y you ain't got no alibi!!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's semi-cool because it's kind of a homage to the classic CRX.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh man, I want so badly to like this car, but I could never, ever justify replacing my 08 Si Sedan with it. It's slower, smaller, has less room, questionable looks/design (until I see one in real life, hopefully at detroit this year), and oh, is slower.

      I guess I could pick one up to try to find a hot greenie chick would would get turned on by the hybrid-ness of it. But that's a risk too; leg and armpit hair are the minefields of that battle.

      Maybe honda will wise up and drop the K20z series in it, and my interest will perk a bit.
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