Honda Reveals Further Details and Images of CR-Z Mugen Concept
Honda has furbished further details of the CR-Z Mugen Concept that is scheduled to make its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July. Developed in conjunction with Mugen Euro, the first video footage of the vehicle was released last week.
According to the company, the Honda CR-Z Mugen Concept was created “to prove hybrid cars can be exciting to drive.”
The vehicle will be equipped with Honda’s 1.5-liter i-VTEC four-cylinder engine and IMA electric motor that together with Mugen’s modifications (inclusive of Integrated Centrifugal Forced-induction) is capable of producing power of 198 hp as well as 181 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission and the vehicle will be front-wheel drive.
The CR-Z Mugen is expected to be able to go from 0 to 62 mph in 6.6 seconds and fuel economy in Eco mode is touted to be 50 mpg.
Enhancements like carbon fibre bonnet, carbon doors, lightweight forged wheels, Recaro buckets and the omission of rear seats not only contributes to a total weight reduction of 52 kg but also lends a sporty look to the vehicle. Further, the concept dons Brilliant Orange Metallic paint.
Other touches that Mugen has made on the CR-Z include a sport suspension with stiffer springs and five-way adjustable dampers, modified brakes as well as a body kit consisting of Mugen front and rear under spoilers, side skirts, rear wing and 17-inch lightweight forged alloy Mugen GP wheels.
Though this vehicle is yet to see the light of the day in a production form, some of the parts and components are available through the Honda UK Mugen authorized dealer network.
It cost Honda nearly £150,000 to build the prototype and if and when the production version comes out then the Honda CR-Z Mugen is expected to cost in the range of £40,000-£50,000.