Do you like what Mugen has done with the all-new Honda HR-V?

by Stephen Dobie | Apr 23, 2021
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Honda has confirmed the powertrain in its new hybrid HR-V crossover. And it’s bad news, fans of going moderately fast, because the HR-V’s combination of electric and 1.5-liter petrol power yields 129hp and 253Nm. Around 20hp more than you get in the dinkier Jazz hybrid, but still rather modest.

Yet it’s not stopped Mugen from wheeling out some assertive mods. For Japanese market cars—where the HR-V is known as the Vezel—at least. This is the Mugen Vezel, and besides the offer of a new exhaust and air filter, it’s not any gnarlier beneath the skin.

The Honda HR-V Mugen Kit

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The skin itself is quite striking, though, taking the deliberately smooth and simple appearance of the latest HR-V and giving it a proper going over—big 18-inch wheels, as well as spoilers and splitters aplenty, give it a markedly more assertive appearance than just about every other small crossover we can name. If only we had a spare hour or four to name them all.

Like it? Or is such a disparity between bark and bite a little silly?

The Honda HR-V Mugen Kit Rear View

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The Honda HR-V Mugen Kit in Blue

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The Honda HR-V Mugen Kit Angled Front View

NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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