While Honda doesn't have any plans to bring the carbon fiber-laced CR-Z Mugen RR to production, the company has announced that buyers in the UK will have the chance to pick up a quicker version of the hybrid hatchback. The Honda CR-Z iCF will boast a little over 172 horsepower thanks to some wrenching by Mugen Euro. The base 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine packs a centrifugal supercharger along with an intercooler and a remapped ECU. As a result, the dash to 60 miles per hour takes just 6.1 seconds. For reference, the base CR-Z hobbles to the same speed in well over nine seconds.

The Honda CR-Z comes from the factory with 122 horsepower, which is only adequate for hustling the 2,657-pound hybrid around town. The additional 50 ponies in the iCF should make the machine plenty entertaining, and Honda says that the vehicle's three drive modes have been maintained for the best fuel economy possible. Will we see something similar on our shores? Don't hold your breath. Hit the jump for the press release.
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Following a successful programme launch at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2011, Honda (UK) has joined forces with "MUGEN Euro", to launch a 130+mph sports hybrid CR-Z, boasting Civic Type R performance.

With almost 50 per cent more power than the standard car, this 175 PS1 'pocket rocket' hybrid marks the strengthening of the engineering partnership between Honda (UK) and MUGEN Euro following the limited edition Civic Type R MUGEN in 2010.

MUGEN Euro engineers 'breathed over' the 1.5-litre power unit, retaining the 3-button IMA modes, adding a centrifugal forced air induction system, charge-air cooler and induction system and importantly, a MUGEN Euro-mapped ECU. The result is outstanding power to weight, and increased torque helping to deliver 0-62mph in 6.1 seconds - over 3 seconds quicker than the standard car.

Martin Moll, Head of Honda (UK) marketing said, "MUGEN Euro magic has created a super responsive yet eco-conscious model building on our sporting credentials and giving us the ability to compete in the "hot hatch" marketplace as we move into 2012."

Production development continues at MUGEN Euro, with cars available for test drive through the eight Honda UK MUGEN dealers in spring 2012. Prices have yet to be confirmed, but are expected to be approximately £24,0001.


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      Temple
      • 3 Years Ago
      If a 172hp engine in 2,657-lb car can get 6.1 seconds, I'm guessing the GT86/Subaru BRZ which has 200hp in a 2668-lb should get near that as well.
        P_J
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Temple
        Well, it doesn´t take a genious to figure it out. Have you ever drove an eletric car? If not, then i tell you. The torque is available right down from the start and it's way fast. And with the CR-Z having an electric motor, it means that it provides much more power to the accelaration aiding the 1.5 litre engine.Also, the car has not 172 hp - that's only the petrol engine. Together with the electric engine it provides around 200 hp... and that's it!
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Temple
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        Krishan Mistry
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Temple
        Should be high 5's at least. 25 more hp, same weight, bigger tires and RWD should make the Toyobaru much faster. See why it doesnt need 300hp to be decently fast, haters?
      XT6Wagon
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have a better idea than this. Throw the mild hybrid crap in the trash. Couple the wieght reduction from not hauling that junk around with thier 2L performance motor from the Civic. Omg it costs less, gets better milage than the supercharged motor, and performs better too. but no, the hybrid badge is more important than actual enviromental impact.
        Big Bird
        • 3 Years Ago
        @XT6Wagon
        There is probably no bigger fan of the K20 in the world than me, but the harsh reality is that it no longer meets the eco standards. I own K20 powered car and maybe it's just the way a drive it, or 'cause it's a bit pumped up, but boy that thing is thirsty.
          XT6Wagon
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Big Bird
          Performance gearing is murder on MPG. Its why mazdas used to get crap milage compared to the same thing with a Ford body. Ford used tall gearing, Mazda used sporty gearing. Honda *should* be able to clean up the K20 for some serious improvements. If nothing else pay bosch to make them a direct injection head to slap on thier normal engine block.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @XT6Wagon
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          graphikzking
          • 3 Years Ago
          Hybrids COULD be fun. - IE Porsche/Ferrari KERS systems Don't hate on Hybrids because MFG's are making crap ones. If Isuzu were the only company making SUV's we would probably be saying all SUV's are crap. But now you have Denali, X5M, Cherokee SRT8 to choose from. SUV's can be fun and reasonably usable. MFG's just have to get on the ball with hybrids and sports cars. Make hybrids that get great gas milage. This will get a lot of sales - see Prius. Then make milder hybrids (Infiniti M series - 30mpg and still fast as all hell) to help spread the cost of them lower until economies of scale take over and lower the cost of development.
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      IBx27
      • 3 Years Ago
      Honda's dead. They could have just launched the 200hp version, which even Clarkson liked, seeing as it's the same engine just tuned differently.
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        @IBx27
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        A_Guy
        • 3 Years Ago
        Damn right. After doing my own research on this car, test driving, and visiting owner forums - I came to the conclusion that there is a lot of unwarranted hate. So, I just bought one and I f**king love it.
      Gorgenapper
      • 3 Years Ago
      >> MUGEN Euro magic has created a super responsive yet eco-conscious model building on our sporting credentials and giving us the ability to compete in the "hot hatch" marketplace as we move into 2012.<< Read: MUGEN Euro magic has fixed our blunder by recreating the CR-Z the way it should have been from day 1.
        • 3 Years Ago
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