The CR-Z Mugen will see adjustments to both its regular 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine and Honda’s IMA hybrid system to boost the hatchback’s power and torque. Bespoke brakes and a revised suspension will be thrown into the deal.
Furthermore, Mugen surmises that the enhancements made may result in better fuel economy and cleaner emissions – in certain instances – but the tuner admitted that final performance figures were unavailable at this early stage of the car’s development.
SPECIAL BODY PARTS
Lightness and aerodynamics are vital to the Mugen’s performance. A carbon-fibre bonnet and special Mugen alloy rims are just two of the light components employed.
Improving aerodynamics, as well as giving the car its more assertive appearance, are Mugen-issue body parts such as new front and rear bumpers and a more prominent rear spoiler.
The more powerful CR-Z is expected to make its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England in July, 2011.
Honda and Mugen Euro both say the car will be shown as a one-off prototype and there are no plans for mass production.