Expect the arrival of a highly tuned version of the Honda CR-Z hybrid from MUGEN Euro very soon. The CR-Z MUGEN is expected to deliver Type-R-like performance and possibly better fuel efficiency. This development from MUGEN Euro will feature improvements to its 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine and the Honda IMA system for enhanced power and torque as well as bespoke brakes and suspension for better chassis dynamics.
The anticipated revisions in the CR-Z’s engine, exhaust and induction may possibly lead to better fuel economy and lower carbon dioxide emissions in certain conditions – although final power, torque and fuel economy figures have yet to be known as the CR-Z MUGEN is still in the early development stage.
MUGEN Euro will aim to lower the vehicle’s overall weight by using lightweight components, including a carbon fiber bonnet and cut unsprung mass by employing MUGEN alloy wheels. MUGEN Euro will also try to enhance the CR-Z’s aerodynamics and give it a more sporting look by installing MUGEN body parts like front and rear bumpers, and a spoiler.
At this stage, the CR-Z MUGEN is being developed as a one-time prototype, and there are no plans for a production version. The CR-Z MUGEN is a joint project between Honda (UK) and MUGEN Euro, a UK-based subsidiary of Honda’s tuning partner MUGEN.
In 2009, MUGEN Euro developed the Civic Type R MUGEN, which was considered as an extreme, 240PS version of the Civic Type R. Hiro Toyoda of MUGEN Euro, remarked that they wanted to improve the performance of the CR-Z, which he described as a fun car to drive, with an excellent chassis.
He noted that with more power and improved torque delivery, the Honda CR-Z could be more exciting. He remarked that just like all MUGEN projects, they stayed true to the Honda design and philosophy, adding that electric motor remains a vital ingredient to boost performance and economy.
Martin Moll, Head of Marketing for Honda (UK), meanwhile said that the MUGEN CR-Z will be “one quick hybrid,” adding that the vehicle promises to show how hybrids can be more exciting to drive. The MUGEN CR-Z will be unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July.