Mugen Honda CR-Z RR Concept

Article by Christian Andrei, on July 6, 2011

The Honda RR Edition, which is based on the MUGEN CR-Z concept, made quite an impression at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. It surprised the visitors since it wasn’t divulged that Honda was working on a prototype for a model that’s built for racing, dubbed the MUGEN CR-Z Concept RR.

Honda CR-Z MUGEN RR Concept attached the “RR” logo to its name, which stands for MUGEN racing spirit. Honda wants this car to be perceived as being drastically different from CR-Z.

MUGEN seeks to make the most of the supercharger and IMA system. MUGEN has been able to attain flat power and torque curves throughout the rpm range to enhance drivability and to improve fuel efficiency further. Weight was also reduced to enhance handling and acceleration performance. The other modifications include the use of carbon composites for the bonnet and doors, the elimination of the rear seats, and the shift to full bucket seats.

The exterior of the Honda RR Edition stands out due to the high rear wing. It features a stylish and sleek body kit that results to a racing look that’s complemented by the aero bumper, front aero fenders, side spoilers, rear aero bumper and specially made 18-inch wheels.

The sibling’s specs are quite similar to the MUGEN CR-Z. The CR-Z design concept car is powered by a supercharged 1.5-liter engine and an IMA hybrid system that delivers 200 PS (147 kW /197hp) and 181 lb-ft (245 Nm) of torque. It can reach 60mph (96km/h) in about 6.6 seconds.

Customers could choose between two models of the two-seater: the generously equipped Honda CR-Z and the feature-laden Honda CR-Z EX. As standard, the new Honda CR-Z features a six-speed manual transmission, Vehicle Stability Assist, automatic climate control, power windows and door locks, an AM/FM/CD/USB audio system with six speakers, remote entry and cruise control. Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) is available as an option.

The new Honda CR-Z EX builds on that equipment list and adds High-Intensity Discharge (HID) Headlights with Auto-On/Off, a 360-Watt AM/FM/CD Premium Audio System -- with seven speakers including subwoofer -- fog lights as well as Bluetooth HandsFreeLink and perforated leather-wrapped steering wheel. CR-Z EX customers may avail of the available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with voice recognition.

The exterior of the new Honda CR-Z features a "one-motion" wedge form that starts at the low-slung hood. The side profile of the car is distinguished by a deeply inset beltline as well as by its short wheelbase and large, wide front grille. Customers may have their CR-Z finished in any of these colors: Crystal Black Pearl, Milano Red Pearl, the CR-Z exclusive North Shore Blue Metallic, Premium White Pearl and Storm Silver Metallic. Inside, the new CR-Z is marked by a high-tech look and a set of intuitive controls. Occupants are treated to Premium sport-oriented seats that offer firm lateral support and ample comfort.

Meters mounted on the instrument panel feature a 3D blue light theme for a multi-layered appearance. On the other hand, the upper portion of the dashboard -- set against textured black materials and aluminum-style trim accents -- extends toward the driver for a wraparound cockpit. Renault placed a mid-ship console behind the front seats in order to optimize cargo space as well as a closable hard-shell separator for extra hidden storage.

Entertainment comes courtesy of a six-speaker, 160-watt AM/FM/CD audio system that features an auxiliary input jack for connecting to a portable audio player. All CR-Z models come with a USB audio interface that allows connection to an iPod and other compatible audio device. The new Honda CR-Z also comes with speed-sensitive volume control and CD/MP3 text readout.

It helps that the vehicle’s radio data system displays supplemental programming information from participating radio stations. It also offers search-by-genre capability, which is unavailable on the CR-Z EX with navigation. However, CR-Z EX model could be availed with the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System that comes with a 6.5-inch display. Integrating the audio system, this feature offers a database that includes over seven million points of interest.

It also comes with a voice recognition feature that could is capable of inputting numbers, street names and cities, in addition to more than 600 commands. Data are stored on a single DVD, which contains information for the U.S.

Press Release

Mugen Honda CR-Z RR Concept

Mugen of Japan has built a Honda CR-Z Mugen RR design concept to demonstrate Mugen's capabilities in terms of function, style, performance and agility. The Honda 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 Honda 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 2011 in the Moving Motor Show area at Goodwood Festival of Speed and complements the high-performance Honda CR-Z Mugen, which was designed and built by Mugen Euro based in the UK.

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