Mugen vs Mugen – Click above to watch video after the jump

Mugen and Honda go together like vanilla ice cream and apple pie. Sure, the pie can stand on its own, but a nice scoop of ice cream takes it to another level. Mugen rolled out a pair of tuned CR-Z hybrids at the 2011 Goodwood Festival of Speed, and the blokes from Auto Express asked to spend a day with one of them. Their team also wrangled away the keys to another "unlimited power" vehicle: a Mugen-tuned Ariel Atom.

How do the two compare to each other? Let's be real here... they don't. One is a naked track assassin while the other is a juiced-up hybrid wearing a body kit. Both vehicles have had Mugen wrenches applied to their engines, but that's pretty much where the comparison should end. Still, we can't say it's not entertaining.

Click past the jump to see how they "stack up" against each other.


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      Andre B.
      • 3 Years Ago
      He wears a helmet in the CRZ but doesn't wear one in a 270 hp gocart that does 0-60 in 3 seconds? Interesting :/
      Lucas
      • 3 Years Ago
      well the orginal ariel atom was equipped with a honda engine from the type r... so somewhat related to honda
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        Al Terego
        • 3 Years Ago
        Posters like you have turned AB's comment section into a 4chan joke. You probably think it's cool to use made-up, kiddy words like the one you used, and that's fine almost everywhere on the internet. But here at AB, you're the one that's retarded. Go to your room and think about it for a while.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        Aww, tanturan is angry because nobody likes him...
        shan
        • 3 Years Ago
        do you ever say anything positive?
          • 3 Years Ago
          @shan
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        shan
        • 3 Years Ago
        lol people dont seem to like you very much
      bmw111
      • 3 Years Ago
      buwaaahahahahaha! (p_p)/ Can't ... stop ... laughing ... crying from laughing.... Typical Honduh. Release an underpowered car, then rely on Mugen to tweak it to barely competitive levels, then, if their poindexter product planners/sales team decide enough suckers will buy it, price it $10K over the competition. And call it "limited edition" -- anybody here buy a Civic Si Mugen for $30K?
        Prince David
        • 3 Years Ago
        @bmw111
        At least it won't break like a BMW does. I will never forget the maintenance nightmare the M Roadster was for my father. So many days having to wake up before 6am to take him to the dealership to drop off the car because of so many crappy electrical problems. He should have bought the S2000 instead.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Prince David
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          bmw111
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Prince David
          I bet you've never driven an S2000, yet alone ridden in one. It's a great track car, that's about it. Not something you'd drive everyday-and every mfgr has lemons, even 'holy Honduh.' I know, I worked at Honduh for 8 years. HQ, not a dealer. I know what i'm talking about, unlike pimply faced fan boys.
      Svartorn
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Atom can run circles around that POS while driving in reverse with a flat tire.
      bmw111
      • 3 Years Ago
      buwhahahaaaaahahahah (p_p)/'''' Can't stop laughing.
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Video: Honda CR-Z Mugen compared with.... Ariel Atom Mugen?!" Where did they compare the two together? They did nothing of the sort, and in fact clearly stated that the 2 cars couldn't be more different. Hey AB, how about not having such stupid sensationalized headlines and simply stating that this video happens to have both a CRZ and Atom??
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      Krazeecain
      • 3 Years Ago
      The CR-Z is a useless vehicle. It's like alcohol-free vodka. The power-to-weight ratio is absolutely abysmal, and it doesn't really have any other redeeming features. There are many other compact cars that would beat it, like the Fiat 500 for example. It has roughly the same power-to-weight ratio and fuel mileage, only it's a lot cheaper.
      q3a7vodk4
      • 3 Years Ago
      LOL it's almost as fast as a civic? hahahaha.
      adam512
      • 3 Years Ago
      if the CR-z had a powertrain producing more than 160hp... prefebly around 200hp It would be a very very very good car! Sadly they have only released it with a small hybrid engine.. it either needs a normal bigger engine or.. a bigger hybrid powertrain!
      Gloria Phelan
      • 3 Years Ago
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