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2011 Honda CR-Z Mugen Concept

Mugen Euro has developed a highly-tuned version of Honda's CR-Z that aims to deliver up to 200 hp and 159 lb-ft (215 Nm) of torque by boosting the hybrid's petrol-electric powertrain. The CR-Z Mugen is purely a concept car at this stage, designed to demonstrate the potential and versatility of the Honda IMA system, with no confirmed plans for further production. Mugen and Honda (UK) will consider media and customer feedback before deciding on any next steps. (continued below)

2011 CR-Z Mugen Concept Photo Gallery
2011 Honda CR-Z Mugen Concept

Honda CR-z Mugen: The Hottest Hybrid Yet

Source: Honda | Published: Tue Jun 21, 2011

(continued from above)

The goal of the project was to prove hybrid cars can be exciting to drive, by producing "Civic Type R-like" performance from the hybrid coupe while remaining sympathetic to the original Honda direction for the CR-Z.

"We wanted a car that has genuine performance available at the touch of a button, but can perform just like a standard CR-Z and offer good fuel economy when the driver wishes," says Colin Whittamore from Mugen Euro. "For that reason we've kept the three driving modes, so the driver can select 'eco' or 'normal' to switch to economy and low emissions for the daily drive, but press the Mugen button for the full-blown 'weekend warrior' settings!"

The car retains both the Honda IMA electric motor and the original 1.5-liter i-VTEC petrol engine, which has been rebuilt to Mugen specification with bespoke upgraded and strengthened  internal components.

"When we first approached this program, we considered what to do with the Honda IMA system, and the answer was immediate and obvious - utilize it and build on it," explains Whittamore.

The addition of centrifugal forced-induction under the bonnet helps the CR-Z Mugen deliver over 50 percent more power and torque from the Honda's petrol-electric drive train. In order to give a fully integrated and smooth power delivery, Mugen Euro has developed the Mugen iCF system, the Mugen acronym for Integrated Centrifugal Forced-induction, which allows all the elements of the electro-mechanical system, including the forced-induction system, IMA motor and petrol engine, to work in harmony.

The iCF, along with an electronics upgrade, allowed Mugen to very neatly map the IMA to the extra power and torque of the engine, giving a smooth, integrated and powerful driving experience.

"I have to say that when any of us have jumped into the CR-Z Mugen it has delighted us all," says Whittamore. "It's exactly what we were looking for. And the real beauty is that it can still
be driven in the way customers of the standard CR-Z would recognize."

Exterior Design

The Honda CR-Z Mugen needed to be visually different enough to attract attention, yet subtle enough to be aesthetically pleasing. Mugen also wanted to demonstrate the high quality of its parts, offering a solution that enhances and integrates with the original CR-Z styling, in line with the Mugen philosophy of custom parts with original manufacturer standards of quality and fitment.

Additions to the exterior of the car include Mugen front and rear under spoilers, side skirts, rear wing and 17-inch lightweight forged alloy Mugen GP wheels. Carbon fiber bonnet and doors not only reduce the overall weight of the car but enhance the sporty look, while the eye-catching Brilliant Orange Metallic paint provides the finishing touch.

Honda CR-Z Mugen Concept: Review (2/2)

Key: AT - automatic transmission, MT - manual transmission, F/R/AWD - front/rear/all wheel drive
Type I4, Supercharged
Displacement 91 cu in (1497 cc)
Power 180 hp
Torque 159 lb-ft
Redline n/a
Electric Power 20 hp
Electric Torque n/a
Driveline Front Wheel Drive
Transmission 6 Speed Manual
Brakes & Tires
Brakes Front - Rear Ventilated Discs - Solid Discs
Tire Size Front - Rear R17
Exterior Dimensions & Weight
Length 160.6 in
Width 68.5 in
Height n/a
Curb Weight n/a
0-60 mph 6.4 s
1/4 Mile n/a
60-0 Braking n/a
Top Speed n/a
Fuel Economy
EPA Fuel Mileage - All Electric n/a
EPA Fuel Mileage - Gas Only n/a
All Electric Range n/a
Total Range n/a
Origin & Price
Origin United Kingdom
Price (Not for Sale) $210,000

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