When the crew at Mugen finally got around to turning out their take on the Honda CR-Z, we all got pretty excited. With 200 horsepower from the same 1.5-liter IMA engine and motor combination, 100 pounds less weight and a buffet of aftermarket go-fast, stick-hard and brake-harder goodies, the car looked to be what the CR-Z was supposed to offer from the get-go. Honda recently tossed the keys to the good people of Fifth Gear who set to putting the car through its paces in the rolling English countryside.

What'd they find out? While the Mugen CR-Z is decidedly quicker than its factory counterpart, the hatchback is also a bit more of a pain to live with. Stiff springs, an overzealous limited-slip differential and a buzz-happy exhaust make for a car that's more content on the race track than on public streets. Even so, there's little arguing with 200 horsepower in a flingable machine. Hit the jump to check out a video of Fifth Gear's impressions for yourself.



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      Paul M
      • 3 Years Ago
      Fifth gear missed the point, sure. But Autoblog missed getting this whole story out in anything resembling a timely fashion... it has literally been on other car sites for at least 5 days now. Why is Autoblog falling so far behind on every story this week?
      miketim1
      • 3 Years Ago
      This car is a POS.
        NightFlight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @miketim1
        The CR-Z is far better than the POS 1992 Camry that you drive.
      Rick
      • 3 Years Ago
      So the Mugen version comes with a fart can? Sweet. Pay for a stock ricer car instead of ricing it out yourself.
      theBizMachine
      • 3 Years Ago
      Honda has lost their minds. Just dropping the electric motor and all the other eco monitoring crap would produce a proper crx homage.
      chico2nr
      • 3 Years Ago
      CR-ZZzzzzzZZZZzzzzzz
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      Hal Jordan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Did the review miss the point? If he wants a tamer CRZ, he can drive the regular one.
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      Noz
      • 3 Years Ago
      You have to be 18 to want to drive this car....the standard car is FAR better all round....it takes narrow-mindedness as displayed by so many here to keep saying we need more power in a car like this when the standard car is fine for everyday use. Boost your egos some other way.
      stclair5211
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why can't we have proper sports cars and proper Eco cars for the passionless losers who like that kind of thing? The worst part is, this does neither well.
        • 3 Years Ago
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      NGave8
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hmm, Mr Buzz Killington in the video seems to have never driven a Honda Type R of any sort. This car isn't aimed at your grandmother or your 45year old uncle. It's aimed at the same ppl who like Type R's, young people with the intention to buy a racy hot hatch.
        PeterScott
        • 3 Years Ago
        @NGave8
        I have driven an Integra Type R and it was decently quiet unless you were deep in the throttle and the VTEC came on tap. This thing is just a ricy fart can exhaust. Annoying as hell. Even in production that mess would cost much more than better cars. Honda has simply lost their way.
      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've said it a billion times already. Cut the Hybrid-BS and drop a new K24 into it. Lose the tacky-looking LEDs in the front. Take of the ridiculous nearly-non-functional wing off the back. Switch up that obnoxious exhaust note(which will improve with a K24) including the Mazda-like rotary-shaped tip. Then give it an "Si" badge. Then you guys will have yourself a winner.
        Varcity
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        Unless you have some exclusive info on the aero testing that Mugen went through, what makes you think that the wing is non-functional?
          marcosc
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Varcity
          Don't get your panties in a knot, this driver has no idea what this car is capable of. He kept whining about how ruff and loud it is.
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