Mugen magic is being unleashed on the CR-Z yet again. This time around, Mugen Euro is waving the wand. The Mugen Type-R variant will flex modifications to the car’s 1.5-liter i-VTEC gasoline engine and the Honda IMA hybrid motor to increase power and torque. The main thrust of mods focus on exhaust and induction systems and may, reportedly, deliver improved fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emissions in certain diving situations. The CR-Z will be put on a diet of carbon-fiber body parts, lightweight wheels and fine-tuned brakes and suspension to enhance the Honda’s driving dynamics.
Collaboration between Honda UK and Northampton-based Mugen Euro, the muscle-bound hybrid is being developed purely as a one-off prototype, with no plans for a production version. Fittingly, the car will make its world debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July. Let’s hope some of the tuning tricks filter into the scene.