One-off Mugen CR-Z prototype will be supercharged and have just under 200bhp
21 April 2011

Mugen’s hardcore version of the Honda CR-Z hybrid will be supercharged and have around 197bhp, the company has revealed.

The CR-Z’s 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine has been rebuilt by Mugen and features several bespoke parts and strengthened internal components. It will produce around 50 per cent more power and torque than the standard car, Honda claims.

As well as having near-200bhp, the engine will also put out 181lb ft. The petrol-electric hybrid’s original IMA electric motor is retained for a further power and torque boost.

Mugen has developed a new electrical management system, Mugen iCF, to ensure its substantial mechanical upgrades work in harmony with the CR-Z’s electrics.

As well as the power and torque upgrades, the Mugen CR-Z will get a significant weight reduction, a wider rear track and five-step adjustable dampers front and rear.

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Larger brakes with four-pot monobloc callipers sit beneath 17-inch forged-alloy Mugen GP wheels.

Explaining the thinking behind the one-off prototype, Mugen Euro’s Colin Whittamore said: “The idea was to use the significant advantage of the early torque provided by the Honda IMA electric motor, then increase the torque available from the petrol engine gradually, to first maintain and then increase this.

“A 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, integrated and powerful driving experience.”

Honda says it currently has no plans for the Mugen CR-Z after its reveal at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July.

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