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Mugen Releases More Details of CR-Z

AF News Desk
05-01-2011, 03:05 PM
For those of you looking forward to the release of the new Honda CR-Z, you may find these details on the Mugen-tuned version to be especially appealing (but don't get your hopes up too much as it is currently not planned for production).

According to a report from MotorTrend, the Mugen CR-Z has had a good deal of thought put into the power train to ensure economy and performance.

Photo Courtesy MotorTrend/Mugen
An artist's rendering of the Mugen CR-Z

MUGEN is teasing us again with more details on its souped-up Honda CR-Z project. It first announced the project last month and provided vague specifics while pointing that it was strictly a prototype that wonít see production. We now have the latest scoop on the modifications, which includes the addition of a supercharger to achieve much needed horsepower.

Though itís not MUGENís initial claim of 200+ horsepower, the blower increases the stock 1.5-liter four-cylinder i-VTEC engineís horsepower output from 112 to 184 horsepower. Torque increases from 107 to 123 foot-pounds. MUGEN states that the Integrated Motor Assist electric motor will remain untouched and will continue to put out 13 horsepower and 58 foot-pound of torque. Combined, thatís 197hp/181 lb-ft compared to stock engineís output of 125hp/165 lb-ft.

To make sure the transitions between electric and gasoline power remain smooth, MUGEN has developed an iCF system. ďA supercharger and complementary electronics allow us to very neatly map the IMA to the extra power and torque of the engine in a unique package, giving a smooth and integrated powerful driving experience,Ē said Colin Whittamore from MUGEN Euro.

We first tested the CR-Z last year and were disappointed with its poor driving characteristics that were a far cry from the iconic CRX Si from the past. Luckily, handling is one of MUGENís specialties and they have enhanced the CR-Zís sporting abilities with 5-step adjustable dampers, an increase in track width and a reduction of weight thanks to 17-inch forged MUGEN GP alloy wheels.

The bad news? MUGEN still claims this is only a prototype with no plans for production. But the fact they have continued to work on the CR-Z project and have released some solid performance figures leaves us hopeful that it may eventually become a reality.

Read more: http://wot.motortrend.com/details-mugens-honda-cr-project-71373.html#ixzz1L8H9pqvj

An interesting read about what sounds like a fun drive. The question becomes, will they put it into production?

Would YOU buy a Mugen CR-Z if it hit mass production? Why or why not?

05-01-2011, 09:18 PM
it doesn't sound like much but that's a decent hp gain. Considering it's 2550lb car it would give an Integra Type R a run for it's money being 2800lbs & 205hp.

05-02-2011, 11:13 AM
I'm willing to bet they'll eventually sell some of the parts, rather than sell the car as a whole. I don't see them selling the supercharger though. More like just the body parts, suspension, and wheels.

The 62hp increase certainly seems reasonable, considering this would have to meet U.S. emission standards, and that it's a supercharger on a small engine. It would have been nice to see them push a little harder though, and go a little more extreme. Maybe not 533whp like the Bisimoto CR-Z :evillol:, but 250-300hp would be nice.

05-02-2011, 06:43 PM
you're right. I doubt the whole car will come out however, the recent mugen civic gives us hope. In the past they have only released limited amounts. You have to respect that. It doesn't flood the market. It does suck counterfits flood ebay :banghead:

05-03-2011, 12:29 AM
you're right. I doubt the whole car will come out however, the recent mugen civic gives us hope. In the past they have only released limited amounts. You have to respect that. It doesn't flood the market. It does suck counterfits flood ebay :banghead:
It would definitely be awesome if it does in fact come out over here, in all it's prototype glory (It'd also be nice if they would release more Type R's over here :D). I have no idea on exact sales figures, but from what I've seen on different sites and forums, I'm assuming that there isn't a Mugen Civic left on any Honda lot (in brand new condition at least). But unfortunately, cars released in limited amounts aren't always given the respect they deserve. There's someone in my local area with a Mugen Civic, that... drives it as his "beater"/winter car :crying: And we're not in an area where they simply throw some sand down and call it a day, when it snows. We love our salt here (#1 provider of salt to the entire U.S. until 1900, pioneers of "salt potatoes" :puke:, and we even have a freaking museum for salt). Needless to say, cars around here, that are driven in the winter, are severely damaged in a minimum of 2-3 years :(

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