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Mugen presents the Honda Vezel Concept for those who want to get noticed

At the 2014 Tokyo Auto Salon, Mugen a.k.a. Honda’s tuning division revealed its customized version of the Vezel. The new vehicle was unveiled as a concept but we do hope that this is not the final version as it really… really needs a redesign! As you can see from the photos, the new Honda Vezel comes with a new body kit consisting of a redesigned front bumper, a new front grille, enlarged front and rear fenders which make the vehicle look weird, new side sills, a rear roof spoiler and a new rear bumper with integrated dual exhaust system and air diffuser.

The suspension was also upgraded as well as the braking system. The exterior design is completed by the new 20-inch alloy wheels. Mugen also upgraded the interior but we don’t have any photos in order to show you the new design.

In the standard form, the Honda Vezel is powered by a 1.5-liter direct-injected engine and for those who want even more, we are sure that Mugen will prepare something. The model you see in the photos is actually the hybrid version of the Vezel, which is powered by the same 1.5-liter engine but also by a high-output electric motor. [source: Honda]

Read the entire article Mugen presents the Honda Vezel Concept for those who want to get noticed

Mugen does the Honda CR-Z RZ

As you may know already, the Honda CR-Z is quite popular in Japan and the model recently received a facelifted version at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. But for those who want even more, Mugen prepared the RZ version of the CR-Z and as expected it will be offered in a limited edition of just 300 units.

Each unit will cost ¥4,494,000 or $57,000 and will come with a special body kit consisting of a new front spoiler, revised grille, new side skits, a new rear roof wing and a new rear apron with integrated air diffuser and exhaust system.

The design is completed by the 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in high performance Dunlop Direzza Z II tires. Behind the wheels we find the high performance brakes but also a new adjustable suspension.

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Honda teams up with Mugen Euro to launch sporty CR-Z ICF

Honda (UK) is working with MUGEN Euro to launch a 130+mph sports hybrid CR-Z, which boasts of Civic Type R performance. This initiative follows a successful program launch at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2011. This 175 PS1 "pocket rocket" hybrid has nearly 50 percent more power than the regular vehicle. It marks the strengthening of the engineering partnership between the two companies following the limited edition Civic Type R MUGEN in 2010.

Engineers at MUGEN Euro worked on the 1.5-litre power unit, keeping the 3-button IMA modes. They also added a centrifugal forced air induction system, induction system, charge-air cooler and a MUGEN Euro-mapped ECU. With these features, the vehicle has a remarkable power to weight ratio as well as an enhanced torque helping to deliver 0-62mph in 6.1 seconds -- over 3 seconds quicker than the regular vehicle.

According to Head of Honda (UK) marketing Martin Moll, the "MUGEN Euro magic" has developed a "super responsive yet eco-conscious model building on our sporting credentials."

Read the entire article Honda teams up with Mugen Euro to launch sporty CR-Z ICF

2011 Honda Civic Type R Mugen 2.2 gets more power

Enthusiasts in the United Kingdom got a chance to own the Honda Civic Type R MUGEN in 2010 as well as a limited edition production run of 20 hand-built, motorsport-derived machines. But now, the Northampton-based MUGEN Euro technicians have produced a unique version with even greater torque and power.

The cylinder stroke and bore have been boosted to produce an overall capacity of 2,156cc, giving the name to the vehicle, the Honda Civic Type R MUGEN 2.2. With the revamp, a boost in engine output is achieved, from 240 to 260PS. Additional torque is also available across the rev range.

Now, peak torque is 240Nm at 6,000rpm. The torque and power are higher by 30 percent when compared with a standard Honda Civic Type R.

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Mugen, Honda’s in-house tuning arm, has doused all hopes that we will see the CR-Z Mugen RR edition on the roads. Mugen explained that this car was only made for show purposes and that there are no plans for more production. Last July, Mugen debuted the new design concept at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Mugen said in a statement that the CR-Z Mugen RR edition concept was only made to show off MUGEN’s capabilities when it comes to function, style, performance and agility.

It also said that the CR-Z Mugen RR featured numerous bespoke prototype parts, some of which were built from carbonfiber such as the bonnet, passenger doors and rear tailgate.

Read the entire article Mugen Honda CR-Z RR Concept will not be produced

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.

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Mugen Euro wants to build a hot, more hardcore version of the Jazz supermini. Mugen Euro, Honda’s performance tuning division based in Northampton, UK, is known for having built a supercharged version of the CR-Z hybrid that may go on a limited run. Mugen Euro has said that it seeks to build the unlikeliest of hot hatches. In Japan, Mugen has already offered several styling updates and tuning components for the Jazz (where it’s known as the Fit).

However, the upgrades to its performance are minimal. Now, Mugen Euro management seeks to boost its performance by using either the CR-Z’s supercharged hybrid powerplant or a normally aspirated, high-revving 2.0-litre VTEC unit comparable to what was used in the latest Civic Type R.

Mugen Euro’s general manager Colin Whittamore said that they’ve long wanted to create something that’s based on the Jazz. He said that it “wouldn’t be much of a stretch” for the Jazz to be powered by the 197bhp supercharged version of the CR-Z’s 1.5-litre hybrid motor. Mugen is presently dyno-testing this vehicle in the UK before it makes its public debut at the Goodwood.

Read the entire article Mugen wants to build a hardcore version of the Honda Jazz/Fit

The MUGEN version of the CR-Z hybrid has been hyped extensively but only recently have pictures of this model been released. There also aren’t many details available about it yet since this project is ongoing. So far, the first tests have been very promising when it comes to the performance and fuel consumption.

Tests made earlier on a prototype car based on a standard CR-Z and given a mid-tune engine show that it can have an acceleration time from zero to 60mph (0-98 km/h) that’s comparable to the Civic Type R due partly to supercharging.

This means that it has a sprint time that’s somewhere in the mid six-second range. MUGEN said that this was achieved by adding 15% more power to the engine compared to the ‘stage 1’ level of tune. Even with the big wing attached to its back, the car is lighter by about 50 kilograms (110 lbs).

Read the entire article 2011 Honda CR-Z Mugen: first photos revealed

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.

Read the entire article Preview: Mugen Honda CR-Z Hybrid coming to 2011 Goodwood Festival of Speed

The reason why most hybrid cars are not aesthetically attractive is because the focus of their design is fuel-efficiency and low emission. However, one tuning firm is keen in changing this conventional hybrid image with a package of accessories that aims at improving external presentation to the level of striking.

Mugen has currently in development a set of accessories for the 2010 Honda Insight that does just these. The Mugen parts, besides eliminating lift, also boosts appearance and comes with new front grill design, a large rear spoiler, and ventilated visors.

Changes were not restricted to appearance only but extended to handling as well, with sports suspension that includes sports-tuned springs and dampers which are able to lower ride height by 20mm maximum.

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Do you have a Honda Civic and have been wanting to upgrade? Then, you're just the person that principal Mugen stockist and leading Japanese tuning house Torque Developments International Plc is targeting with its full range of Honda Civic Type R FN2 upgrades available for the performance aftermarket.

The Mugen Civic Type R FN2 product range covers engine, chassis, braking and visual enhancements. Its items have passed arduous design, testing and quality control tests, ensuring that the Mugen FN2 product portfolio offers enthusiasts the ultimate in performance and reliability.

First to be launched from the Mugen range is the FN2 with front and visual enhancements attached to the Civic Type R Mugen concept. It is lightweight, distinct, and of high quality.

Read the entire article Mugen Honda Civic Type R U.K. pricing announced

Honda is moving forward with its electrification plans in Europe after unveiling the production-ready version of the new 2019 Honda CR-V Hybrid at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. It was part of a number of creations that the Japanese carmaker is displaying in Paris, including the refreshed Honda HR-V SUV, and a specially-commissioned Civic Type R ‘Art Car’.

In September 2017, Honda took the wraps off a near-production Euros-spec prototype of the CR-V Hybrid at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, with plans to sell the production version exclusively in Europe. By then, it was believed that the Euro-spec CR-V Hybrid will be the replacement for the 160hp i-DTEC diesel version of the SUV, as part of the carmaker’s answer to the regulations affecting the market of diesel engines.

Back then, Honda was tight-lipped about the technical details of the prototype. The carmaker only revealed that its electrified powertrain will feature an electric motor and a 2.0-liter four cylinder i-Vtec gasoline engine.

Read the entire article 2018 Paris Motor Show: Honda unveils production-ready 181-hp CR-V Hybrid

The Honda Civic Type R is the fastest front wheel drive model at the Magny Cours track, while also being one of the fastest pickup trucks in the world. Yes, you read that right. The specialist from the Product Engineering department at the automaker’s UK factory in Swindon has built a one-off Civic Type R pickup truck, and it just made its debut at the SMMT Test Day in Great Britain.

To create the unique Project P Concept, the engineers had to get a pre-production prototype of the hot hatch, which was unveiled a year ago. It has two doors and two seats, as well as a flatbed at the back of the rear seats, replacing the rear bench and boot space.

The transformation made sure that it still retains the rear fixed wing. But the wings here really aren’t fixed, as it has a movable design, allowing access to the load bed of the small pickup. One of our favourite design details of the new Type R, a set of triple exhaust pipes at the back, is here as well. The exterior body is finished in a Rallye Red, one of the signature colours of the Civic Type R hatch.

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The all new 2019 Honda Insight is finally here, recently after the prototype made its debut at the Detroit show. Honda’s new hybrid is finally going to be seen in the sheet metal. The Insight is scheduled for an official showing at the 2018 New York Auto Show. Honda’s newest entry into its growing fleet of electrified vehicles is also one of its most advanced.

Just like the rest of the Honda’s range, the Insight gets design elements from other models. This includes the “flying wing” grille, the low profile LED taillights and headlights, and the coupe-like roofline. As for pricing, the Insight will be positioned between the smaller Civic and the larger Accord.

What keeps this running is an efficient two motor hybrid powertrain, similar to the one in the Accord Hybrid. There is a 1.5 liter gasoline engine paired to an electric motor and a lithium ion battery pack that delivers 151 horsepower (112 kilowatts) and 197 pound feet (267 Newton metres) or torque. This also features three driving modes namely Normal, Econ, and Sport. The new Insight also has the ability to return up to 55 miles per gallon in the city.

Read the entire article 2019 Honda Insight boasts hybrid engine that returns 55mpg (city driving)

Honda revealed that its new CR-V is now set to make its official debut in Europe through the upcoming 2018 Geneva Motor Show. This same model had already been presented in U.S. shores back in 2016. With this new model, Honda hopes to raise the standards for SUVs as it relates to refinement, the quality of the interior, and space. Indeed, this new CR-V model is expected to bring with it a new design, new powertrains, and new technologies.

This new CR-V will come equipped with the brand's hybrid technology. This will be the first time a Honda SUV offered for the European market will have such a system. It will utilize Honda's Intelligent Multi Mode Drive hybrid system, or i-MMD.

This system is composed of two electric motors and the i-VTEC 2.0-liter Atkinson cycle petrol engine. Further, the system does not use a conventional transmission but rather has a more compact unit having a single fixed-gear ratio. As such, this combination allows for effortless driveability and real-world efficiency.

Read the entire article Honda to debut European-spec CR-V at 2018 Geneva Motor Show

The Acura NSX, even though it has been produced in the United States, is rightfully claimed as one of its own by the legions of fans in Japan, where it is known as a Honda. For this particular example we are going to talk about, the owner definitely took it even further.

When looking at the images, it seems like the said car has been shot at Tokyo’s famous Tsukiji fish market, or some other similar market there. But it isn’t the place that matters, but the subject. As you can see here, this hybrid supercar looks like it is part of the country’s Super GT championship. But Honda is known for having several NSX-GTs in the series’ top GT500 class.

Though this Acura NSX looks a lot like a track focused car, it actually is a road going car. The supercar was modified by Liberty Walk and has been given a full body kit, making it look wider with a meaner demeanor. It had also been given enough aerodynamic enhancements that it will remind you of an air force fighter - blacked out like the one in the photo.

Read the entire article Spotted in Japan: Honda NSX by Liberty Walk almost looks like it belongs on the track

Were you ever a fan of the Honda S2000? And as such, have you been waiting for its return? Well, prepare to be crushed. A Canadian executive from Honda has some bad news for you as he said that the roadster is dead.

His statement has then been supported by Hayato Mori, senior manager for product planning as he revealed to Auto Guide that the demand for the Honda S2000 is not high enough to revive the said vehicle. Mori also said in his statement that it is not easy to make money on such a sports car, especially with the growing popularity of crossovers.

In the United States today, there aren’t as many roadsters available, and the automaker is trying their best to make the available. Some of these models include: the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, BMW Z4, Chevrolet Corvette Convertible, Fiat 124 Spider, Mazda MX-5 Miata, Nissan 370Z, and Porsche 718 Boxster.

Read the entire article Canadian Honda exec shuts down hopes of a S2000 successor

Honda disclosed that it will officially debut the 2019 Insight Prototype during the upcoming 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. While the brand’s range of electric-powered vehicle continues to grow, this will be the first time customers get to see Honda’s latest model.

It can be recalled that it was in the same show last year that Honda revealed its Electrification Initiative. It was also during this time that the brand revealed that by 2030, two-thirds of its vehicle sales worldwide will be composed of electrified vehicles. This is not limited to battery electric models but it also includes fuel cell, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid versions.

The Insight boasts high fuel efficiency, combined with a refined driving performance along with a sleek sedan design and a cabin that offers space for five passengers. Furthermore, it clearly positions itself higher compared to other standard compact hybrid models.

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Try and try until you succeed. After not achieving the expected success with the first and second generation of the Honda Insight hybrid, the Japanese carmaker will once again try to resurrect the nameplate associated with its hybrid technology. But before the third generation of the hybrid vehicle is released for the 2019 model year, a prototype version is getting unveiled early next year at Detroit.

The Japan-based company will be unveiling the new Honda Insight Prototype to the global public on January 15 at the 2018 North American International Auto Show (Detroit Auto Show). According to Honda, the prototype version will be the forerunner to the all-new 2019 Honda Insight. Essentially the prototype provides a glimpse into the final production version of the next-gen Honda Insight, although it is expected that there will be a number of differences between the two models.

When launched, the 2019 model will be latest of the three generations of the Honda Insight, although all of these iterations are different cars. Nonetheless, all of them are hybrid vehicles; with the first two Insight generations employing Honda's hybrid car technology, Integrated Motor Assist (IMA). Honda introduced the first generation of the Honda Insight in 1999 for the 2000 model year. This is the first Honda model to employ the IMA system and is the first hybrid vehicle in the United States. It was one of the most efficient gasoline-powered vehicles – as certified by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – a distinction made possible by its hybrid system, its lightweight aluminum structure and its optimized aerodynamics.

Read the entire article Honda is reviving the Insight nameplate for 2019 model year as a five-passenger sedan

Honda this week announced that its all-new 2018 Clarity Plug-in Hybrid will arrive at US dealerships with a starting price of $33,400 beginning on the first of December. Because the Clarity PHEV is qualified for the full federal tax credit deduction program, the all-new Clarity sedans can be had for as low as $26,790 and $29,990 including destination charges, minus the supposed $7,500 federal taxes.

The Clarity Plug-in Hybrid Touring, which will be offered with a suggested retail price of $35,600 will have a more upscale feel to it over the standard variant. Exclusive to this level are the Ultrasuede interior, perforated leather-trimmed seats, a four-way power adjustment for the front passenger seat and a driver seat with eight-way power adjustment with two-position memory.

While a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a navigation system with charging infrastructure information are part of the Touring package, both sedans will be featuring the same 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry and heated side mirrors. The LED taillights, auto headlights and daytime running lights in LED are just among the many standard features shared by the two model trims.

Read the entire article Prices for 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid to start at $33,400