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Call it anticipation or call it wishful thinking, but reports of a hotter version of the Honda CR-Z have been circulating pretty much ever since the hybrid hatchback hit the market. The CR-Z may be sportier than most hybrids, but when the faithful were expecting a spiritual successor to the iconic CRX with an added jolt of electricity, many were left disappointed.

Along those lines, we have good news, and we have bad news. The good news is that some new details on the hotly anticipated Mugen version of the CR-Z have dropped. The bad news is that it's still strictly a one-off show car, at least for the time being.

Honda CR-Z Mugen engineThe concept car will be revealed in July at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. And when it is, it won't be turbocharged as earlier speculated, but it will be supercharged. With the added benefit of forced induction, the output from the 1.5-liter i-VTEC four that forms the internal combustion part of Honda's Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system will be increased by 50 percent, and when coupled with the electric component will serve up 200 metric horsepower (197 on our scale) and 181 pound-feet of torque.

To go with the added power, the pseudo-works Honda tuner is also fitting adjustable dampers, a wider track, upgraded brakes and rolling stock, an enhanced aero kit and a weight-reduction regimen. Although Mugen insists it holds no plans for producing its breathed-on hybrid, there's no telling what sufficient demand might yield. Follow the jump for the press release and check out the two engine shots released to join the renderings released previously in the gallery below.


Mugen Honda CR-Z Sketch
  • Mugen Honda CR-Z Sketch
  • Mugen Honda CR-Z Sketch

  • Mugen Honda CR-Z Sketch
  • Mugen Honda CR-Z Sketch


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CR-Z MUGEN to be supercharged and deliver around 200PS

MUGEN Euro's tuned Honda CR-Z remains on course for its world debut at Goodwood in July.

MUGEN has revealed that the high-performance CR-Z hybrid will use a supercharger to deliver over 50 per cent more power and torque from the Honda's petrol-electric drivetrain.

The tuned version of the hybrid coupe is expected to produce around 200PS, and 181lb.ft of torque, with significantly enhanced performance throughout the rev range. The car retains the Honda IMA electric motor and the original 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine, which has been rebuilt to MUGEN specification with bespoke upgraded and strengthened internal components.

In order to give a fully integrated and smooth power delivery, MUGEN Euro has developed the MUGEN iCF system, which allows all the elements of the electro-mechanical system to work in harmony.

"The idea was to use the significant advantage of the early torque provided by the Honda IMA electric motor, then increase the torque available from the petrol engine gradually, to first maintain and then increase this," says Colin Whittamore from MUGEN Euro. "A supercharger and complementary electronics allow us to very neatly map the IMA to the extra power and torque of the engine in a unique package, giving a smooth, integrated and powerful driving experience."

As well as improvements under the bonnet, MUGEN has used its extensive motorsport and Honda tuning experience to further develop the chassis dynamics, with 5-step adjustable dampers fitted front and rear, an increase in track width and a large reduction in overall weight.

Bigger brake discs and 4-pot monobloc callipers help stop the more powerful car, while 17-inch forged alloy MUGEN GP wheels reduce unsprung mass.

Elsewhere, the CR-Z gets some cosmetic enhancements in the form of MUGEN body parts, including front and rear under spoilers, side skirts and a rear wing.

The Honda CR-Z MUGEN makes its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July.

It 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.

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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      Dave
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder how one of these would go if you ripped the battery pack out. How much lighter would it be, versus how much power would you lose?
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Dave
        You'd get less torque, the battery is under 100lbs and the electric motor is pretty unsubstantial too. It would be like driving a car with a massive exhaust leak; gutless until you get it into the higher RPM range.
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          Billy
          • 4 Years Ago
          Big word there with expound, that dictionary came in handy huh? Your almost as cleaver as Honda's style department is cleaver, LOL
          Billy
          • 4 Years Ago
          oh no I would never take that honor from you Mr Honda PR guy, please why don;t you try to expound it yourself , lol hey you can put a ugly spin on it like the rest of honda line up is ugly, LOL thank you Mr honda rabid employee ..
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      John
      • 4 Years Ago
      197HP is a step in the right direction, but pretty much anemic compared to just about anything else on the market. I don't think its that light of a vehicle either....Just do a K24 swap, boost it, and call it a day!
        WatchF1
        • 4 Years Ago
        @John
        Yeah, the last gen Civic SI engine made this much power. The Japanese Type R 2 liter made even more. Why complicate it with hybrid assist AND a supercharger, when you could just destroke the most current Japanese Civic Type R engine to 1.8 and still come out ahead? I find it VERY hard to believe that the Civic Type R engine costs more than a 1.5 + hybrid components + Supercharger and the additional engine bolstering that comes along with forced induction. Honda. You confuse.
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      Billy
      • 4 Years Ago
      WoW 197 hp , I bet all the donkeys and even sheep's are looking in their back view mirror for this terror. LOL Honda you so bad , lLMFAO
      my93bella
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am not sure who Honda is trying to sell this to! If you are looking at the 18-30 year old market then you must use this cool little concept witht the K-24 and boost it! 240-275 HP and then you will sell millions of units! If you want middle aged men or grndma's worried about the environment then loose the ground effects!! Nice concept and Honda has so many cool efficient motor/tranny combinations to use.
      DC
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sweet, when can I buy one at the dealer?
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      longducdong
      • 4 Years Ago
      Being Mugen and all, this thing will be overpriced. Guaranteed.
      r67bennett
      • 4 Years Ago
      Mugen is confident if this went on sale they can fool tons to buy this Ricerocket.
      Fureddo
      • 4 Years Ago
      Many things to be updated still... Graphics enhancement: the edges of the cars and mostly the shadows are glitchy land are as ugly as if they were rendered by a 16bit system. How come the tracks have so few animations in the background? Is it a nex'gen system we're talking about or what? Menu interface: is the guy who thought that the menus in GT5 are user friendly and look cool as they are still alive? It is a pain to go back and forth and the "animations" while I do a paint job are a joke More freedom: why do I have a limited choice of colours to paint my cars? Why can't I use it more than once? How come there are so few rims to choose from? Why can't we design some stickers? Sound: is a muffled engine sound effect supposed to give me more immersion? My list could go on... Don't get me wrong, I love the game and bought the ps3 just for GT5, but my jaw dropped when I saw Forza 4 latest trailer. Gt5 feels just like an hd version of the previous games; no new fresh features, no soul; just (excellent) physics. Please PD gimme an update that's worth my money!
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