Our attention has yet again been piqued by Mugen, Honda’s long-standing tuning partner, with official photos of the upcoming Mugen CR-Z. The car is supposed to be a sporty, high-performance take on Honda’s CR-Z hybrid hatchback.
The key upgrade is a supercharger, which ups the 1.5-liter inline-4’s output to 184 hp and 123 lb-ft of torque. Working in concert with the electric assist motor, which is unmodified, Mugen’s CR-Z should offer a net output of 197 hp and 181 lb-ft. In stock form, a CR-Z hybrid leaves the factory with a combined 125 hp and 165 lb-ft.
As promised when the project was first announced in March, Mugensays a prototype car clocked a 0-to-60-mph time “around that of the Civic Type R.” Honda says the Euro-market Type R hits the magic benchmark in 6.6 seconds, meaning this Mugen will be significantly quicker than a factory-stock CR-Z.
Even more performance is in the pipeline — Mugen says the final car will have 15 percent more power and lose 110 pounds of masscompared to the aforementioned prototype. The upgrades have also netted improved fuel economy, with Mugen claiming up to 50 mpg in “eco” mode and around 30 mpg in a special “Mugen” mode in European testing — those figures are equivalent to 42 mpg and 25 mpg by American standards.
As the photos reveal, Mugen saw fit to dress up the CR-Z with a carbon-fiber hood, lightweight 17-inch wheels, a sportier body kit, and the obligatory big rear wing. The chassis benefits from adjustable dampers and larger brake discs gripped by four-piston calipers, while driver and passenger can monitor the car’s performance via a trio of new dashboard-mounted gauges.
The Mugen CR-Z will make its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England this July. Mugen claims the car is a one-off prototype that has nary a chance of entering series production, but as always, we’re hopeful that the company changes its mind.