Mugen’s CRZ Hybrid is hot stuff

Mugen Honda CRZ Hybrid 2011

Don’t under estimate this coupe just because it is capable of 50 mpg; Mugen has ensured that it can keep up with its hot hatch stablemate.

MODEL:
CRZ Hybrid

YEAR:
2011

OTHER:
Honda (UK) and MUGEN Euro have revealed the first official photographs of the CR-Z MUGEN – the higher-performance hybrid coupe.

Development of the supercharged Honda CR-Z is on track, with performance figures already looking promising.

Early tests with a prototype car based on a standard CR-Z and a mid-tune engine have given 0-60mph times around that of the Civic Type R.

After a further 15 per cent increase in power over this `stage 1` engine and with over 50kg reduced from the chassis, overall performance is set to meet MUGEN`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.”