While it doesn’t have the K24 many a Honda fanboy had been begging for, its powerplant might just be better, with a supercharged version of the 1.5-liter 4-cylinder that retains the factory Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid system. The result is 200-hp and 181 lb-ft of torque in a package that now weighs 110 lbs less than the showroom CR-Z thanks to modifications like light Mugen alloy wheels and a carbon fiber hood.
Mugen claims a 0-60 mph time of around 6.0 seconds, although this car’s real forte should be in the handling department with plenty of suspension upgrades, not to mention some more impressive brakes.
Continuing to use the 3-mode hybrid drive system, the Mugen version of the CR-Z will reportedly match the stock car’s fuel economy in ECON mode, while a special “Mugen mode” gives full power.
A one-off, the Mugen CR-Z will debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. There is a strong possibility Mugen will offer many of the parts on this car for retail sale in the near future.
GALLERY: Mugen CR-Z
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