The Mugen-fettled, range-topping version of the Honda CR-Z will cost about £23,000 when it goes on sale next year.
The 197bhp Honda CR-Z Mugen is due to arrive in February. It retains the same 1.5-litre hybrid unit as the standard car but gets a supercharger, re-mapped ECU, wider tracks and stiffer springs.
The compact front-wheel drive coupé will be capable of covering the 0-62mph sprint in just 6.1sec (over 3sec faster than the 124bhp standard car). Autocar tested the car back in June and you can read our first impressions here.
Around 2000 CR-Zs have been sold in the UK over the last year, and Honda sources admit that part of the reason for the Mugen is to “satisfy Type-R enthusiasts whilst there are no other hot Honda models around”.
The arrival of the new hot CR-Z confirms a more solid relationship between the Northampton-based Mugen Euro performance tuning division and the Honda parent company, so expect to see more collaborations in future.