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Mugen teases with hot hybrid hatch

2011-03-18 10:25

HOTTER HYBRID: Regular Honda tuner Mugen has plans to make the CR-Z even more fun. Sadly, it's just a one-off.

Mugen is developing a more potent version of Honda’s CR-Z sports hybrid with promises of Type R-like performance…

The CR-Z Mugen will see adjustments to both its regular 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine and Honda’s IMA hybrid system to boost the hatchback’s power and torque. Bespoke brakes and a revised suspension will be thrown into the deal.

Furthermore, Mugen surmises that the enhancements made may result in better fuel economy and cleaner emissions – in certain instances – but the tuner admitted that final performance figures were unavailable at this early stage of the car’s development.

SPECIAL BODY PARTS

Lightness and aerodynamics are vital to the Mugen’s performance. A carbon-fibre bonnet and special Mugen alloy rims are just two of the light components employed.

Improving aerodynamics, as well as giving the car its more assertive appearance, are Mugen-issue body parts such as new front and rear bumpers and a more prominent rear spoiler.

The more powerful CR-Z is expected to make its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England in July, 2011.

Honda and Mugen Euro both say the car will be shown as a one-off prototype and there are no plans for mass production.
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