Monday March 28th, 2011 22:48 Japanese Ultra Tuners Mugen to Unleash the CR-Z

Honda CR-Z Hybrid

From the island of Japan comes news of a performance tuned model of Honda’s CR-Z in the works, hopefully as fast and efficient as its samurai roots. Japanese ultra tuner often referred to as Mugen Power will be modifying the CR-Z to live up to the translation of their name: “Unlimited”.

Its 1.5 litre petrol hybrid engine will be perfected by the tuning masters to pump up power and torque, hopefully in a similar fashion as was achieved when Mugen mastered the Civic Type R and increased its power to 237bhp and pushed its red line to 8,600rpm, partially thanks to their extensive access and utilisation of the Honda wind tunnel. Plans for the CR-Z include bespoke brakes, suspension tuning, and some major weight loss without losing durability. This is possible due to the switch to a carbon-fibre bonnet and by introducing lightweight alloys.

Far from being an eyesore, the CR-Z will sport visual modifications to match its newfound speed capabilities, including dual bumpers and a rear spoiler.

Renowned for their racing tuned Hondas, Mugen has been closely associated with Honda since its founding by Hirotoshi Honda, son of Honda founder Soichiro Honda.

Honda made the request for this project recently, and during a press conference a Honda spokesman unleashed the truth about this car, saying it will be “one quick hybrid” and concluding with the hopeful statement that “It promises to show how hybrid cars can be even more exciting to drive.” Let’s hope to see more super tuned Honda hybrids in the near future!

Expect to see the car hitting the pavement at the Goodwood festival of speed, which occurs on the 30th of June to the 3rd of July.

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