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Trust Mugen to build the CR-Z that Honda fans have been calling for. Revealed ahead of its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the team at Mugen Euro has bolted on a supercharger to the car’s 1.5-liter engine while retaining the factory Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid system to produce 200-hp and 181 lb-ft of torque. That’s up significantly from the 122-hp and 128 lb-ft of torque in the stock car.
Called a disappointment by Honda fanboys, the Mugen CR-Z should wipe clean any doubts with acceleration times that the Japanese tuner says are on par with the Civic Type R – somewhere around the mid 6 second range. Helping to achieve that time (and make the Mugen CR-Z a more notable track threat) is a weight reduction program that results in 110 lbs being shed. Light weight replacement parts include some featherweight Mugen alloy wheels and a carbon fiber hood. In addition, the Mugen CR-Z gets a reworked suspension, upgraded brakes and plenty of new aero bits.
Mugen also claims the car’s fuel economy has not been significantly compromised, with the three factory drive modes retained and the supercharger only really coming into its own in a “Mugen mode.”
Build by Mugen’s European division in the U.K., sadly this car is just a one off, but there is a strong possibility the supercharger system and many of the other parts could be offered. We’ll find our more when the car is officially revealed at Goodwood.
GALLERY: Mugen CR-Z
Honda’s recent airbag recall in North America is a growing problem for the auto maker. The recall, which affect 2001 to 2003 model Honda and Acura vehicles, is related to a faulty airbag module that might have been replaced by a defected service part, when the original driver’s airbag was changed.
This latest recall notice means Honda has to service an additional 833,000 vehicle. That is on top of the 437,763 units Honda had recalled last year for the same issue.
The faulty part is the airbag inflator, which could fail in the event of a crash, resulting in potential serious injury to the driver.
Vehicles affected include some 2001 to 2002 Honda Accord and Civic, 2002 Odyssey, 2002 to 2003 CR-V and Acura 3.2 TL, and 2003 3.2 CL coupes.
So if your vehicle is affected, Honda will send out recall letters by the end of May.
A design sketch of what is rumored to be the logo for the upcoming Toyota FT-86 has surfaced online, clearly highlighting the Japanese sports car will be powered by a boxer engine.
The design sketch shows two horizontally opposed pistons; an engine design that has earned the ‘boxer’ title because of its visual similarity to two boxers tossing punches.
Rather than a crank in the middle, however, the sketch shows a stylized number 86, in reference to the rear-drive AE86 Corolla model that formed the inspiration of more than just the name of the FT-86.
Rumors have indicated the production FT-86 will get a 2.0-liter boxer 4-cylinder engine, donated from Subaru and if this is in fact the actual logo for the car, then those rumors would look to be true.
It’s not clear how the logo will be incorporated into the U.S. model, however, with recent reports indicating the car will be a Scion model and wear the FR-S badge.
GALLERY: Toyota FT-86
[Source: Car & Driver]
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