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First Official Pics: Honda CR-Z Mugen Hot Hatch

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On: Mon, May 23, 2011 at 5:21PM | By: Chris Weiss


First Official Pics: Honda CR-Z Mugen Hot Hatch

Honda has released the first official photos of the CR-Z Mugen, a tuned-up concept that will debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this July. The prototype is a supercharged version of the CR-Z that adds some pep and performance to the hatch's eco-heavy resume.

The CR-Z Mugen is being developed jointly by Honda and Honda's tuning arm Mugen Euro. It will provide an enviable mix of hybrid-powered fuel economy and on-tap speed and performance.

According to Colin Whittamore from Mugen: "Early fuel consumption tests have also been encouraging. We've retained the three driving modes from the standard car and economy ranges from 50+ mpg in 'eco' mode to mid-30 mpg when tapping into the supercharged power in a special 'MUGEN' mode."

What a great idea: hybrid everyday driving with easily-accessed power. Can't beat that.

As it turns out, you could beat that—with a production car. The CR-Z Mugen is being built as a one-off prototype with no reported production plans. But, maybe Honda will receive such a positive reaction that a production CR-Z Mugen will become a possibility. It's been known to happen.

According to the press release, Honda has added 15 percent more power to the CR-Z's 'stage 1' engine and cut more than 100 lbs. off the chassis. Acceleration to 60 mph is said to be in line with the Civic Type R.

PRESS RELEASE:

FIRST IMAGES OF CR-Z MUGEN REVEALED

Honda (UK) and MUGEN Euro have revealed the first official photographs of the CR-Z MUGEN - the higher-performance hybrid coupe.

Development of the supercharged Honda CR-Z is on track, with performance figures already looking promising.

Early tests with a prototype car based on a standard CR-Z and a mid-tune engine have given 0-60mph times around that of the Civic Type R.

After a further 15 per cent increase in power over this 'stage 1' engine and with over 50kg reduced from the chassis, overall performance is set to meet MUGEN's original targets.

"Early fuel consumption tests have also been encouraging," says Colin Whittamore from MUGEN Euro. "We've retained the three driving modes from the standard car and economy ranges from 50+mpg in 'eco' mode to mid-30 mpg when tapping into the supercharged power in a special 'MUGEN' mode."


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