The hottest hybrid yet: MUGEN EURO to build high-performance Honda CR-Z
MUGEN Euro is developing a highly-tuned version of Hondaâ€™s CR-Z, which will deliver â€œType R-likeâ€? performance from the hybridâ€™s petrol-electric powertrain â€“ and may offer even better fuel economy.
This faster, more powerful car will make its world debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July.
The CR-Z MUGEN will feature enhancements to both the 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine and the Honda IMA system to boost power and torque, while bespoke brakes and suspension will be fitted to improve the chassis dynamics.
The major engine changes, and those made to exhaust and induction, may even result in greater mpg and lower CO2 emissions during some conditions. However, at this early development stage, final power, torque and fuel economy figures are not yet known.
Lightweight components, including a carbon fibre bonnet, will be employed to lower the overall weight, and the car will use MUGEN alloy wheels to reduce unsprung mass.
To improve aerodynamics and give the car an even more sporting look, MUGEN body parts will be added, including front and rear bumpers, and a spoiler.
â€œWe wanted to extend the performance of the CR-Z,â€? says Hiro Toyoda of MUGEN Euro. â€œIt is already a fun car to drive, with an excellent chassis, but we thought that with more power and enhanced torque delivery it could b
The CR-Z MUGEN is a joint project between Honda (UK) and MUGEN Euro â€“ the Northampton-based subsidiary of Hondaâ€™s long standing tuning partner MUGEN. In 2009, MUGEN Euro produced the Civic Type R MUGEN, an extreme, 240PS version of Honda popular hot hatch.
â€œThis will be one quick hybrid,â€? says Martin Moll, Head of Marketing for Honda (UK). â€œWith more torque, more power and MUGENâ€™s experience of working with Honda cars, weâ€™re expecting great things. It promises to show how hybrid cars can be even more exciting to drive.â€?
At this stage, the CR-Z MUGEN is being developed purely as a one-off prototype, with no plans for a production version.
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