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 |  Oct 09 2011, 12:00 PM

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The Honda CR-Z was always intended to be a car with a split personality. When docile, the hybrid system allows the CR-Z to reach 39-mpg. Then, if prodded, the sporty hybrid promises to deliver sports car levels of driving excitement. However, in its current state, the CR-Z has been more Dr. Jekyll than Mr. Hyde.

To alleviate the matter, Honda initially revealed the hotted-up CR-Z Mugen RR Hybrid Concept. But unfortunately, Honda has no plans to put it in production.

Though frustrating, the CR-Z Mugen RR Hybrid Concept was always going to be a long shot. Sporting generous amounts of carbon fiber for its hood, fenders and doors it generates 197 horsepower thanks to a supercharger and can reach 60 mph in 6.6 seconds all while the hybrid system still had a solid grasp to its sensible side.

Without a sporting halo, Honda could really use a bit of Mr. Hyde in its line-up, even if CR-Z is not the answer.

GALLERY: Honda CR-Z Mugen RR Hybrid Concept

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[Source: TopGear]

Click here to read AutoGuide’s 2011 Honda CR-Z Review

 |  Jul 02 2011, 8:21 PM

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It looks like Mugen isn’t stopping with its CR-Z Concept. Along with that 200-hp supercharged hybrid the famed Honda tuner is rolling out a motorsports-inspired CR-Z at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

The Honda CR-Z Mugen RR Concept represents Mugen’s racing spirit and is intended to give a look at the brand’s future design language. The aggressive CR-Z RR features a whole new front end, fully equipped with a new bumper, wider front fenders, new side skirts, aggressive rear bumper, rear spoiler and 18-inch wheels. Gone is the mundane styling that many expect from a hybrid and the CR-Z RR really shows off what Mugen is all about. We’re also loving the shade Mugen paired up with the RR concept. On the inside, the orange theme continues, accented with various carbon fiber components.

From the official press release it sounds like Mugen will move ahead with this kit. Paired with performance upgrades it’s already developed, this could make quite an impressive hybrid tuner package.

GALLERY: Mugen Honda CR-Z RR Concept

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[Source: JonSibal]

Click here to read AutoGuide’s 2011 Honda CR-Z Review