Hybrid's don't get enough respect, with old-fashioned automobile purists saying that these type of vehicles are really just half a car. Perhaps when they see--and hear--what Honda and Mugen have done with the CR-Z, they might change their minds.
Based on a standard CR-Z and developed by both Honda (UK) and Mugen Euro, the car retains the Integrated Motor Assist electric motor while its original 1.5-liter engine has been rebuilt to Mugen's specifications. With the addition of the supercharger, the CR-Z Mugen's output has now been boosted to 200hp and 245Nm of torque.
Early tests with the prototype car have already revealed that its 0-100kph time matches around that of a Civic Type R's.
With both Honda (UK) and Mugen Euro looking to increase the power output of this mid-tune engine by 15 percent while reducing the vehicle's weight by over 50kg, the car is set to hit the performance targets set by Mugen Euro.
"Early fuel consumption tests have also been encouraging," said Mugen Euro's general manager Colin Whittamore. "We've retained the three driving modes from the standard car and economy ranges from 50+mpg (21+km/L) in 'eco' mode to mid-30 mpg (12+km/L) when tapping into the supercharged power in a special 'MUGEN' mode."
On top of the performance tweaks, the CR-Z Mugen gets what appears to be a carbon fiber bonnet, a lower mesh grille with the Mugen emblem, a front under spoiler, side spoiler and a dramatically-designed rear wing.
In the video below, you’ll even get to hear how good it sounds.
The Honda CR-Z Mugen makes its official debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July.