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Honda certainly loves showing off the CR-Z Mugen RR concept. We last saw the sporty hybrid idling quietly on Lord March's front lawn, showing off for the Goodwood Hillclimb crowds. Now, Honda has released a few more photos of a car it seemingly has no firm intention of building.

Mugen takes the standard car, which is surprisingly tossable, and throws a bunch of go-fast upgrades on it to transform it into the CR-Z Mugen RR. Carbon fiber bodywork and underbody tray, center-exit exhaust, forged 18-inch alloy wheels, four-piston calipers and a reworked suspension help turn this hybrid into the CR-Z we all wish it was in the first place.

Check out the latest photos in our gallery, and be sure to check out the full press release after the jump.
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MUGEN of Japan has built a CR-Z MUGEN RR design concept to demonstrate MUGEN's capabilities in terms of function, style, performance and agility. The CR-Z MUGEN RR was produced by M-TEC in Japan for show purposes only and there are currently no plans for further production.

The CR-Z MUGEN RR has been created with many bespoke prototype parts, several of which are created in carbon fibre, including the bonnet, passenger doors and rear tailgate. Other features unique to the car include a full length carbon-fibre underbody, a twin central-exit exhaust, vented front bumpers and race-developed suspension. Orange 4-piston monobloc brake calipers and forged 18-inch alloy wheels both complement the vibrant Valencia Orange Pearl exterior paint work.

Inside the car, the seats are clad in MUGEN-branded colour-coded leather/Alcantara. The addition of a race-developed information screen has the ability to record chassis and engine data as well as housing a Satellite navigation and audio system. This high tech kit will monitor the car over two laps to "learn" a circuit and then record lap data and vehicle tracking using GPS.

The design concept was unveiled for its world debut at the beginning of July in the Moving Motor Show area at Goodwood Festival of Speed and complements the high-performance CR-Z MUGEN, which was designed and built by MUGEN EURO based in the UK.


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      FeMan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sick of people complaining about how hybrids are not fun to drive. Drop them on springs/coils and add a rear sway bar. Done. May not handle like a BMW but it's got some character now.
      ACURA23CL
      • 3 Years Ago
      This one...I'd definitely drive! Nice job on the bodykit, stance, and wheels Mugen! I'm diggin' the orange, but I'd trade-up for a red, graphite/gunmetal gray, or maybe a blue. Nice job nonetheless, I can't hate on this.
        Gordon Chen
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ACURA23CL
        This car was recently reviewed by Fifth gear. The guy says the car tries too hard, like the springs and steering are too stiff, in effort to compensate for its heavy battery, and ended up not liking the car.
          Zeer
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Gordon Chen
          You've got the wrong CR-Z in mind.
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      Shiftright
      • 3 Years Ago
      Getting warmer...
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      DC
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you look very closely, you can see a Unicorn driving this mythical car that we will never, ever get to buy. I have a wild idea...why not hype a car like Honda did the CR-Z, and then build it to the level of the hype? Another much more popular option, is to name drop cars like Lotus and CR-X, use terms such as "spiritual successor", only 6 speed manual hybrid, "sporty", and then deliver something so underwhelming that you actually make yourself a running joke in the auto industry. A 2 seat, 30's MPG HYBRID...sounds like a hell of a great idea. If they were really smart, they'd melt down the ZDX, Crosstour, CR-Z, TL, RL, Ridgeline and use some of that money to improve the 9th gen Civic after year one.
        OhReallyDough
        • 3 Years Ago
        @DC
        Hey im with you man. I was really looking forward to this car, and havent bought a Honda in 10 yrs. The CRZ was going to be the one to bring me back. But after all the hype and specs that dont match, I decided against it. It has such potential and IMHO is the best looking car in Honda's lineup. But the incredibly underwhelming specs didnt add up for me. It's weak both as a hybrid and as a regular sedan.
          Gordon Chen
          • 3 Years Ago
          @OhReallyDough
          Same here. Everytime I see a CRZ on the road i fall in love again only to remember it's only pretty on the outside : \ They either need to fix the hybrid drivetrain (which honda's new civic hybrid has proven impossible) or get rid of the battery. Even if it was the Fit's 1.5L engine would be fast enough for me.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @OhReallyDough
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      fern
      • 3 Years Ago
      Rice fresh from the factory! I joke, but while I do think Mugen made some tremendously beneficial upgrades to the car, could they not have toned it down and made it a more subtle sports car? It's a boy racer for sure, but the problem is that the sticker price will likely be out of the target markets' budget. From my experience, tuners guys get a new or used cheap car, and little by little add upgrades as the money comes in.. I don't image them spending a ton up front. Just my thoughts.
      soundbargaming
      • 3 Years Ago
      Lose the gas engine. Install 185kW electric motor. Smoke this Mugen.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @soundbargaming
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      AE86
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cute.
      drbyers
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love Hondas (got two of them in my garage right now: CRV and s2000) but not this one. That is all.
        wem1000
        • 3 Years Ago
        @drbyers
        hang on to that s2k... last good car honda has made and may be for a long time... i miss my s2k!
      Ryan
      • 3 Years Ago
      And to think, all this could be yours for the low, low price of $40k!!! Granted, I don't know what the price will be, but I wouldn't doubt if it is in that neighborhood.
        Jorge Duran
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ryan
        I agree this vehicle would come at $40k+, but that's hardly a "Low" price point. $40k could get you a spec'd out WRX Sti (assuming you're looking for performance from Japan). It could get you spec'd out Mazda 3s or Hyundai Velosters (if you fancy an Asian hatch). It could also get you a Genesis coupe with everything on it (if you're looking for flamboyance from Asia). My point is that there is no argument for a "performance" oriented CR-Z (or a standard one).
      ShadowVlican
      • 3 Years Ago
      *yawns*...
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