Honda CR-Z MUGEN prototype showing promise

May 23, 2011 Off By Chris Hinton

Last month I wrote about Honda’s plans to give their CR-Z sporty hybrid the MUGEN treatment. Now Honda UK and MUGEN Euro have released the first photos of the CR-Z MUGEN and some development updates.
Apparently development is on track and the statistics are looking promising. Early tests with a standard CR-Z and a tuned engine have yielded a 0-60 time similar to that of a Honda Civic CR-Z (6.6 seconds). A further 15% power increase over this “stage 1” engine, combined with reducing chassis weight by 50kg will bring the CR-Z MUGEN up to MUGEN Euro’s original targets.
“Early fuel consumption tests have also been encouraging,” says Colin Whittamore from MUGEN Euro. “We’ve retained the three driving modes from the standard car and economy ranges from 50+mpg in ‘eco’ mode to mid-30 mpg when tapping into the supercharged power in a special ‘MUGEN’ mode.”
I still think it’s a shame that the CR-Z MUGEN is a one-off prototype rather than a full production car, but who knows? Perhaps if there’s enough interest in the prototype we’ll see them added to the line-up.┬áIf you are going to the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July you can see it in action, along with an exhibition of several Honda racing vehicles and special guests.
Tickets for the Festival can be bought from the Goodwood website.