Honda tuning specialist Mugen has finally unveiled the new Mugen Honda CR-Z. The car isn't set to be officially unveiled until the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England (June 30 to July 3), but early images have been released. Its performance is rumoured to be quicker than the Honda Civic Type R.
Although nothing is official yet, early testing of the Mugen CR-Z found it was capable of accelerating from 0-100km/h in just 6.6 seconds. This figure is said to be on par with the Civic's UK time of 6.6 seconds. Since the testing, Mugen has extracted a 15 percent more power while also reducing the car's weight by 50kg. It doesn't take a mathematician to work out the potential Civic-beating outcome.
Using the standard 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and the electric Integrated Motor Assist hybrid setup, Mugen has stretched overall power from the package but is yet to mention specific figures. Reports suggest around 150kW could be on the cards. The company has mentioned its possible fuel consumption. Colin Whittamore from Mugen Euro said,
"We've retained the three driving modes from the standard car and economy ranges from 50-plus-mpg (below 4.7L/100k) in 'eco' mode to mid-30mpg (7.8L/100km) when tapping into the supercharged power in a special 'Mugen' mode".
The Mugen special will also be equipped with various performance-oriented components, including uprated suspension and brakes, and a number of lightweight parts such as a carbon fibre bonnet and forged alloy wheels. The car also gets a wide-body bodykit and dramatic front and rear spoilers.