Honda Insight by Mugen
9 February 2009

This is the Mugen Honda Insight, surely one of the more unusual projects ever undertaken by the Japanese tuner. Mugen Motorsports, which is owned by the son of Honda founder Soichiro Honda, is better known for turning out banzai versions of the Honda Civic and Honda Integra. But it's planning to sell this range of accessories for Honda's recently launched Toyota Prius rival.The Honda Insight doesn't get any more power - it has been designed as an eco-friendly family car, after all - but Mugen's engineers have lowered the suspension by 20mm and fitted new springs and dampers. The 'hot' Honda Insight also gets an extensive body kit that includes a front splitter, side skirts, a rear diffuser and a sizeable rear spoiler, and you can also choose from two designs of alloy wheel, in 15in and 16in sizes.The stying package beefs up the Honda Insight's looks, but it's not all successful; the triangular tip of the sports exhaust looks a little excessive to us. And inside there's little to suggest you've spent extra money; you get aluminium pedals and Mugen floormats, but not much else.If the idea of a sports-tuned hybrid charges your batteries then you'd better be prepared for a frustrating wait; the Mugen Honda Insight is only likely to be available in Japan.

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