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Mugen wants to build Type-R Jazz

2011-05-26 09:30

HYBRID HOPES: Mugen is toying (quite seriously) with the idea of a limited edition Type-R Jazz. Should be music to Honda enthusiasts’ ears.

Honda’s Jazz is a fantastic five-door hatchback.

Utterly reliable, with stupendously clever packaging, it really is the thinking man’s family transport solution.
Just a shame there has never been a quick version.

Well, that could all change soon.

The UK-based chapter of Honda’s Mugen tuning division is toying with the notion of transforming the brand’s signature family car into a proper Type-R worthy hot hatchback.

SUPERCHARGED SOLUTION

Mugen Euro, based in Northampton, is currently busy developing a supercharged version of the CR-Z performance hybrid and admit that transforming the Jazz into a supermini hot hatch would not be too much of an effort. "Always in the back of our mind as a car that we’d like to do is the Jazz," is Mugen Euro general manager Colin Whittamore's take on the subject.

Styling trinkets are already available in Jazz’s domestic market (Japan) and significantly upgrading the hatchback’s 1.5-litre powertrain would hardly be challenging.

Technicians and engineers admit the Mugen CR-Z’s experimental supercharged 1.5-litre engine would be an easy fit into the Jazz’s engine bay, endowing the compact hatch with 144kW and class-leading performance.

With Mugen’s CR-Z being prepared for a public debut at the 2011 Goodwood festival of speed, opening on 30 June, Honda fans could perhaps expect a five-door surprise to be revealed too.

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