Honda CR-Z Mugen – Click above for high-res image gallery

That Honda could have done more with the CR-Z than the lukewarm hybrid sport-hatch that resulted is no big news. But Mugen is here to highlight the point.

After teasing us with some initial details, a rendering and a shot of the engine bay, the pseudo-works Honda tuner has released the first photos of the modified CR-Z it is preparing to unveil at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July.

Performance figures haven't been finalized just yet, but earlier, Mugen pegged combined output from the supercharged 1.5-liter four and electric assist at 197 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque. Combined with the 110 pounds of weight shaved off the chassis, Mugen figures that ought to be enough to make the custom CR-Z match the acceleration times of the Civic Type R.

Unfortunately, this is strictly a concept car for the time being, but there's no telling what could result from enough positive response. Follow the jump for the press release and check out the trio of images in the high-res gallery.
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FIRST IMAGES OF CR-Z MUGEN REVEALED

Honda (UK) and MUGEN Euro have revealed the first official photographs of the CR-Z MUGEN - the higher-performance hybrid coupe.

Development of the supercharged Honda CR-Z is on track, with performance figures already looking promising.

Early tests with a prototype car based on a standard CR-Z and a mid-tune engine have given 0-60mph times around that of the Civic Type R.

After a further 15 per cent increase in power over this 'stage 1' engine and with over 50kg reduced from the chassis, overall performance is set to meet MUGEN's original targets.

"Early fuel consumption tests have also been encouraging," says Colin Whittamore from MUGEN Euro. "We've retained the three driving modes from the standard car and economy ranges from 50+mpg in 'eco' mode to mid-30 mpg when tapping into the supercharged power in a special 'MUGEN' mode."


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      Zeer
      • 3 Years Ago
      Aside from the laughable rear spoiler, this looks great. And on paper, it could be more in-line with what the CR-Z should have been from its initial launch.
      shifter25
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sigh... mugen, while no doubt offer quality parts, their styling is quite atrocious. I wish they stayed more in line with something that Spoon did to the CR-Z: http://www.autoblog.com/photos/spoon-honda-cr-z/
      Smooth
      • 3 Years Ago
      Doesn't look bad IMO I like the regular CR-Z. Lose some of the boy stuff and keep the power and I'll go out and get a loan to get one haha!
      iutodd
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks good - the CR-Z has always looked good though - I'm not crazy about the giant wing, but that's what you get with crazy Mugen versions (although note that the insane FR-S wing has everyone aflutter while this wing is getting laughed at). Honda is hitting their sales projections with the current CR-Z but apparently they are working on something new and better for it. We probably won't get it for a couple more years though 'til the MMC rolls around. This car will probably only have 20 copies made and will probably be hotter than whatever Honda comes up with - unless the MPG numbers remain this impressive at the level of power they are working at (200). I don't know that we'll ever see a production supercharged Honda vehicle - but if Honda really is making a turbo 1.6, and the IMA plays nicely with it (as it seems to be doing with the supercharger) and it gets the updated Lithium battery...that could be a very very nice vehicle that offers great mileage and great performance. The biggest factor here is: how hot is Honda willing to go? We'll know in a couple of years. The power/performance numbers for the new sub-TSX Acura will be telling I think.
      meekli8
      • 3 Years Ago
      What a good laugh Crz - big fail Ridgeline - big fail Crosstour - big fail Insight- big fail Tl- fail Zdx - fail RL - omg triple fail
        QAZZY
        • 3 Years Ago
        @meekli8
        I mostly agree, sans Insight and TL. The Insight may not have as great mileage as the Prius, is much cheaper. That's a win in of itself. The TL is a great car (try finding another car its size with reliability, 300hp, AWD and a manual), the chrome beak is just off-putting.
      TwinTurbo3oooGT
      • 3 Years Ago
      so even after the fiddling, and INCLUDING the output from the electric motor, it's STILL LESS THAN 200hp?! that's hilarious. Almost as hilarious as them touting that is will have the same acceleration as the Civic R. That's not something to boast about. The Type R is a dog! Honda. Hold On Not Done Accelerating....
        • 3 Years Ago
        @TwinTurbo3oooGT
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          graphikzking
          • 3 Years Ago
          It only get's 50 when the car is in a different mode. (ECO) So the supercharger is off or disconnected or something. The MUGEN mode gets mid 30's and I suspect that will even be lower considering the CRZ forum people are reporting 33-40mpg depending on their driving styles. I say it ends up getting 30mpg with supercharger and 40 with eco mode on. You can buy a nicely used Si or Integra Type R AND a Brand new Prius for the price that this thing is going to cost. Plus the stock BASE CRZ is $20,095 with ZERO options. That concept as pictured I bet will come in about $35,000. The Mugen Si didn't have a supercharger and still costed OVER $30,000. Add a supercharger into the pricing and it HAS to add at least $3000 to the old Mugen treatment. Also, inflation from 2008 to 2012 will (everything costs more now).
        NightFlight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @TwinTurbo3oooGT
        You saying the Type-R is a dog proves your ignorance. Might want to do some research before you even bother responding.
      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      *sigh* Honda, what is wrong with you guys lately? You have completely lost your "heart" in the driving experience the same way Mitsubishi is going to be losing it soon, all because of your neediness to please the "hybrid" masses. Take it from someone who has owned several performance cars and has been in the tuner scene for over a decade now. You can ad superchargers, turbochargers, rocket engines, etc to your precious CR-Z and nobody will care. Nobody wants to modify a hybrid. Those looking for a fun performance car aren't looking for a hybrid(you listening Mitsubishi?) You guys have the ability to put in a K24(with already massive potential) engine into it and turn it into a performance monster that will grace the cover of every enthusiast magazine across the globe. But you won't for some odd reason. While the engine can be found on many of your current offerings, you can't find it in the car everyone wants one in. It would still be achieving astronomical MPGs being in such a light chassis as the CR-Z, so I don't see a reason why you won't. HONDA...stop for a second...and listen to what the PEOPLE WANT! And for the record, I have never owned a Honda.
        emperorkoku
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        I'd like a fast, lightweight hybrid. Seems this fits the bill. Manual tranny to boot.
        Redline
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        I plussed you bud. If I wanted a performance FWD Honda hatch I would just get Civic, or an RSX/Integra. I drove a S2000 again over the weekend, pure joy. Honda really needs to pull their head from their arse.
        longducdong
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        Thou hast spoken foul words against the hybrid-loving masses? Prepare to be downranked. Sorry, but thats how AB is. Good post!
          Andre Neves
          • 3 Years Ago
          @longducdong
          LoL, I figured. In the world of AB, you have to be politically correct all the time and dare not talk down on the hybrid god. I'm starting to really dislike the blog. The line between AB & AB Green is blurred to a point where it looks like Al Gore has taken over the commenting system and has created multiple accounts for down-voting us anti-hybrid heathens.
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have owned Honda motorcycles, quads, and cars, and quite certainly say I will never own another of the latter. They truly are stuck in the '90s, and that's sad to say for a company that made such fun to drive cars as the CR-X, Prelude, S2000, and NSX. Toyota is always panned for having such boring cars like the Corolla and Camry, but at least they're trying with the FR-S and LFA. Go burn the tires off a Mazdaspeed3 and tell me something like this CR-Z is more fun. For geeks, the fall of Honda is similar to the fall of AMD. They used to be great chips, and now just treat things like since they used to be good then there's no reason to stay good. Maybe Honda and AMD will get straightened out, but I just don't see it happening anytime soon.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MONTEGOD7SS
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          jtav2002
          • 3 Years Ago
          The Honda you describe doesn't exist in 2011, either. The CRZ doesn't get anywhere near 50mpg.
          • 3 Years Ago
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          longducdong
          • 3 Years Ago
          There still isnt one of those in 2011 either, bonehead. The only thing remotely fun that Honda makes anymore has 2 turbine jet engines mounted on top of its wings. Give you any clue?
          longducdong
          • 3 Years Ago
          There still isnt one of those in 2011 either, bonehead. The only thing remotely fun that Honda makes anymore has 2 turbine jet engines mounted on top of its wings. Give you any clue?
      Soichiro
      • 3 Years Ago
      This car is certainly an improvement over the stock model, although as some have pointed out the body kit is - in typical Mugen prototype fashion - somewhat questionable. To add my voice to the choirs of people who are disappointed in the direction that Honda is taking I will say this: While it's certainly great to have a healthy mainstream product line, for a company with an innovative history in both unique engineering and racing it's sad to see that those profits are being used almost exclusively to expand the company instead of being used to produce products that promote its heritage and pedigree. The Toyotafication of Honda is disheartening for loyalists to watch, but unfortunately it's probably the best course of action for the company's shareholders and therefore I'd look for little to change in the near future.
      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Honda needs a reinvention... and sadly, this is NOT it. Oh, how the mighty have fallen. This might be the part where someone asks when they were ever mighty, and I tell you to think back to the days when the sight on an Electron Blue Pearl EM1 Civic was damn near... heaven. :sigh:
      longducdong
      • 3 Years Ago
      Id take this in a heartbeat over the stocker, it actually looks pretty good. Would love to see one in Championship White, though. I fear the price will be over $30K, though. If they could keep it around $25K, it might be worthwhile.
        bobmarley
        • 3 Years Ago
        @longducdong
        who wouldnt!? I dont like that huge wing in the back or the color but I think this version is what everyone wanted in the first place...It will be overpriced though
      • 3 Years Ago
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