Factory tuning house Mugen has taken it upon itself to cure what ails the Honda CR-Z. The centerpiece of the Honda CR-Z Mugen RZ is a specially-developed supercharger, which bumps the 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine's output to 153 horsepower. That's a nudge of 30 horses over the standard hybrid, though the hatchback's integrated motor assist system still delivers an extra 20 horsepower when needed. Mugen also threw in a titanium cat-back exhaust system to help the engine breathe a bit easier. The company swapped the stock suspension components for five-way adjustable coilovers, and the brake system received a complete overhaul as well.

Up front, the CR-Z Mugen RZ makes use of 11.8-inch rotors pressed by reinforced calipers, sterner pads and braided stainless lines. Of course, this wouldn't be a Mugen product without a new body kit, and the company's designers served up a reworked front fascia, adjustable front spoiler, side skirts, rear diffuser and, of course, a wing. Inside, the reworked CR-Z uses special blue and black seats, a new steering wheel and shift knob.

Mugen will start to sell 300 completed CR-Zs on November 26, in Japan only, sadly. Take a look at the full press release below for more information.
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Announcement of "Honda CR-Z MUGEN RZ"

On September 27th MUGEN (M-TEC Co., Ltd.) (Hereinafter called MUGEN) announced to release the complete car "Honda CR-Z MUGEN RZ", which is based on the Honda CR-Z. Exclusively developed suspension, brake system, and wheels, exterior parts designed considering aerodynamics, and the centrifugal supercharger as well are installed to improve performance.
MUGEN will install the parts on their own on the CR-Z (6MT) provided by Honda Motor Co., Ltd. and start to sell 300 complete cars from November 26th. Limited sales in Japan.

GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS

POWER UNIT
1.5L i-VTEC ENGINE + SUPER CHARGER 115kw (156ps) / 6,600rpm
185N.m(18.9kgf.m) / 5,200rpm

IMA SYSTEM 15kw (20ps) / 2,000rpm
78N.m (8.0kgf.m / 1,000rpm)

CAT-BACK EXHAUST
TITANIUM DUAL FINISHERS

SUSPENSION
5 ADJ. SUSPENSION
17inch FORGED ALLOY WHEEL 17 x 7J
17inch HIGH PERFORMANCE TIRE 205/45R17, DUNLOP DIREZZA ZⅡ

BRAKE SYSTEM
ACTIVE GATE BIG SIZE BRAKE ROTORS for FRONT, ø300mm. t=25mm
REINFORCED BRAKE CALIPERS for FRONT
REINFORCED BRAKE PADS for FRONT
MICRO MESH BRAKE LINES for FRONT

EXTERIOR
FRONT GRILLE
ADJUSTABLE FRONT UNDER SPOILER with LED ILLUMINATIONS
SIDE SPOILERS
REAR UNDER SPOILER & DIFFUSER with LED FOG LAMP
ADJUSTABLE REAR WING CFRP
SPECIAL BODY COLOR AZURE BLUE METALLIC

INTERIOR
SPECIALLY COLORED FRONT SEAT BLUE & BLACK
SPECIALLY COLORED STEERING WHEEL BLUE STITCH
CFRP SHIFT KNOB
BOOST METER
SERIAL NO. PLATE

PRICE
JPY 4,494,000 Including 5% consumption tax


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      Rallyemenz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks aggressive if I may say so. Obviously forbidden fruit for us mortals though.
      OnTheRocks
      • 2 Years Ago
      Way to not include a decent picture of the most interesting part Honda.
      Generic
      • 2 Years Ago
      I actually don't hate the CR-Z. I think it needs a bigger battery pack and electric motor and better fuel economy to make it worth it, but aside from that, it was a good ideal. I think the only thing they missed out on is the market of people looking for a small 2nd fun hybrid is really really small. This Mugen thing looks like it would get pulled over while going this speed limit.
      comrade slow
      • 2 Years Ago
      millions of aftermarket wing equipped Honda fans can't be wrong! Go with a normal color and delete the wing and they might be able to add a few years to the target demographic. Not that it matters if it doesn't ever get sold in the US. And why all the horsepower hate? This car is light. The power to weight ratio is probably spot on with the 5th gen Civic Si it is emulating.
      Boost Retard
      • 2 Years Ago
      C'mon Honda, where's the non-hybrid 200 HP K20 powered Si variant this car desperately needs?
        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Boost Retard
        Tuners are building that. Building that in the factory would be admitting that Honda made a mistake, and as we all know, Honda is NEVER wrong.
      chromal
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hmm, this is starting to get into the territory of what a stock base-level CRZ probably should have been out the door from Honda. Not impressive, but not completely laughable either. Still, they're going to have to step up their game if they want to compete in this segment with the likes of the Gulf GTI, the Imprezza WRX/STI, or the mazdaspeed3.
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 2 Years Ago
      Will that wing clear a parking garage roof? Mugen CR-Z, now with MOAR WING!!!111
        zoom_zoom_zoom
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MONTEGOD7SS
        Oh Lord, it's stickshiftn69 from the old MT days.
          MONTEGOD7SS
          • 2 Years Ago
          @zoom_zoom_zoom
          You're I think the 5th person to call me that, and I still don't know who he is. I assume you are talking about the one from the thread below, which you will notice I also posted in with the exact opposite opinion as him. A little more Google searching finds him on a few other car sites, but he has a newer FWD Monte Carlo, and I have an '87 SS. Other than the Monte Carlo link I can't see anything similar between us. http://www.autoblog.com/2011/11/11/cop-crashes-into-house-after-being-cut-off/
      Lab Rat
      • 2 Years Ago
      Dear Honda, The CR-Z looks great, with emphasis on looks. The idea of a eco-sport is great. We need to push the performance envelope with hybrid cars. The problem is the CR-Z fails at every eco and sport metric you can see when compared to anything else in its price range. What you should do, and NEED to do to make this car a real winner... is use the hybrid assist on the power-train from the Civic Si. The Si already gets roughly equivalent gas mileage to the CRZ, without all the electric drive parts. This should have been a clear indicator your CR-Z formula was and is a failure. There were a lot of cool cars that Honda made around the turn of the century (Prelude, S2000, and NSX, for example) and now you guys have abandoned anything that remotely resembles fun for transport appliances. Please look at your late 90s portfolio again for inspiration. Those were your current golden years. The Lab Rat.
      Matthew Simmons
      • 2 Years Ago
      That rear wing is disgusting. The car is also front wheel drive so the wing being there is completely pointless.
        bazinga
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Matthew Simmons
        That's an old wives' tale. FWD cars benefit from a spoiler's downforce too. All (race)cars need 4-wheel traction and stability in high-speed swooping turns or when diving into and accelerating out of a turn. SCCA and BTCC FWD cars have spoilers too and they're not on there just for looks.
        prince_david
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Matthew Simmons
        I think they are there for a reason. If you see touring car series with racing hatchbacks they always have wings like this! Take a look!
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      So in other words, its still an irrelevant failure of a car that's limited to Japan and not as slow as the garden variety version. Way to fail, Mugen.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carguy1701
        [blocked]
      TruthHertz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Loose the hybrid, loose the 1.5L, add K20A. Wash, rinse, repeat...
      MotionDesigner
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow. With a staggering 153 hp you better have that wing on the back, especially on a FWD car!
        breakfastburrito
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MotionDesigner
        Hondas have typically been terribly lightweight in the rear, resulting in high-speed instability at the track. Wings add downforce where it's needed - and FWD cars need that added weight/grip mostly over the rear wheels. Whatever assumptions you're basing your thought process on - they're incorrect.
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