Honda Unveils Mugen CR-Z, Hybrid R Concept

Honda Unveils Mugen CR-Z, Hybrid R Concept

Honda CR-Z

Although we brought you some of the first pics of the Honda CR-Z racer, we had to wait another 12 hours to see Honda‘s other two concepts, also based on the CR-Z.

The first, a CR-Z equipped with Mugen accessories, will actually be available as a series of dealer installed parts sold as one kit. Only 300 kits will be made available, with a front grille, rear wing spoiler, 17″ wheels, floor mats, a Mugen shift knob and a billet oil cap. Customers will also get an individually numbered plaque, which may or may not add a few pesos to the resale value of the car.

The CR-Z Hybrid R concept car was also unveiled, and was described as road-going version of the CR-Z Hybrid racer, although it’s decidedly biased towards the “tuner” side of the auto world. Using the same 200 horsepower turbocharged engine, limited-slip differential and suspension setup, the Hybrid R also features bright red paintwork, huge wheels and an obnoxiously large spoiler. If you like that sort of thing, it’s probably a good way to save gas and look cool. We’ll stick with the race car.

GALLERY: Honda CR-Z Hybrid R

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GALLERY: Honda CR-Z Mugen

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Hit the jump to view the official press release and video coverage of the press conference

[Source: Honda]

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PRESS RELEASE

11/02/2010 – LAS VEGAS Twelve modified 2011 Honda CR-Z sport hybrid coupes are featured prominently in the Honda booth at the 2010 SEMA Show, which opens today. As the first available sport hybrid, the CR-Z demonstrates new opportunities for vehicle personalization among the import tuner community. Several significant vehicles are being unveiled at the show, including a 2011 CR-Z equipped with MUGEN* accessories, the Honda Performance Development, Inc. (HPD) CR-Z Hybrid R Concept, the HPD CR-Z Racer and several vehicles equipped with Honda Genuine Accessories.

“With the CR-Z sport hybrid coupe, drivers can achieve the great efficiency of a hybrid car without giving up the fun that many demand from a sporty car,” said Bruce Smith, vice president of Parts Operations for American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “The combination of greener practicality with style and fun makes this vehicle a perfect fit for young, environmentally conscious buyers looking to further personalize their cars.”

A 2011 CR-Z equipped with MUGEN accessories is also being revealed, and Honda announced that in the spring of 2011, it will begin sales of a limited-edition MUGEN accessory kit for the vehicle. Limited to only 300 complete kits, the package includes: a full MUGEN body kit; a front grille; a rear wing spoiler; 17-inch “XJ” aluminum wheels; sport mats; a unique black aluminum shift knob and a billet aluminum oil-filler cap. Further, after purchase, each owner will receive a unique serial-number plaque designating each kit as one of 300 available. All of the painted parts will come color-matched to each of the five available CR-Z colors. Pricing details will be made available closer to the on-sale date.

Also unveiled today were two concept vehicles from HPD: the CR-Z Hybrid R Concept and the HPD CR-Z Racer. Though neither vehicle is intended for sale, HPD, Honda’s North American racing company, was determined to demonstrate the potential of the CR-Z for both street and racing performance. Both vehicles share many performance enhancements, with the CR-Z Hybrid R Concept highlighting Honda-designed street styling and the HPD CR-Z Racer opting for serious racing capability. To demonstrate that capability, HPD will campaign two HPD CR-Z Racers at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill endurance race in December. HPD enhancements to both cars include: a turbocharger and upgraded IMA™ hybrid system, resulting in an estimated combined 200 horsepower and 175 lb-ft. of torque; performance clutch; limited-slip differential; ‘circuit-tuned’ suspension; upgraded brakes and aerodynamic components.

Two vehicles were on display to demonstrate currently available Honda Genuine Accessories. For the CR-Z, Honda displayed a vehicle equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels; side, front lip and tailgate spoilers; a rear diffuser; an illuminated door-sill trim and an interior armrest. Additionally, a 2010 Accord Coupe equipped with dealer-installed Honda Factory Performance™ (HFP™) components melded a distinctive, custom appearance with an enhanced level of handling performance. All Honda Genuine Accessories offer the same 3-year/36,000 mile bumper-to-bumper warranty as the rest of the vehicle, when installed at the time of new vehicle purchase, and are engineered to be fully compatible with each Honda vehicle.

On display as a demonstration concept only, the Accord Crosstour HFP Concept features 19-inch HFP wheels; a full HFP body kit and front grille; a prototype lowered HFP sport suspension; color-matched door handles and special black-out door sash trim.

Reaching out to the import community, Honda invited six independent vehicle tuners to build and display their CR-Z hybrid concepts at the SEMA Show. Tuners were asked to push the limits to improve fuel economy and performance with their builds, and the vehicles on display show the variety of directions in which a personalized sport hybrid can go. Beyond this group, both the Los Angeles Auto Show and Honda Tuning Magazine displayed their CR-Z special project cars in the Honda booth.

Vehicles on Display at the Honda Booth

From American Honda Motor Co., Inc. 2011 CR-Z with MUGEN accessories 2011 CR-Z with Honda Genuine Accessories 2010 Accord Crosstour HFP™ Concept 2011 Accord Coupe HFP

From Honda Performance Development, Inc. 2011 CR-Z Hybrid R Concept 2011 HPD CR-Z Racer

Aftermarket Project Vehicles Bisimoto Engineering 2011 CR-Z DSO Eyewear 2011 CR-Z Sport Hybrid Tuner Eibach Springs 2011 CR-Z Fortune Motorsports Samurai Gold 2011 Honda CR-Z Konig Wheels 2011 CR-Z Wraptivo 2011 CR-Z Type-F Concept

Special Project Vehicles Honda Tuning Magazine 2011 CR-Z project car Los Angeles Auto Show 2011 CR-Z project car

For more information about Honda vehicles, please visit www.honda.com. For media inquiries please go to www.hondanews.com. For more information about Honda’s racing activities and Honda Performance Development (HPD), please visit www.racing.honda.com.

* MUGEN, under license by M-TEC Co., Ltd., of Japan, has been closely associated with Honda for decades in the design and manufacture of racing and premium performance components.

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