Styling kit for forthcoming CR-Z; no performance gains
26 February 2010

Honda tuning arm Mugen has released first details of a sports kit for the forthcoming Honda CR-Z sports hybrid - but it doesn't significantly increase performance.

Mechanical changes include a sport exhaust, new air filters, sport suspension, uprated brakes and a tyre-monitoring system.

See Mugen Honda CR-Z pictures

The styling package - which is unlikely to be offered in the UK - includes enlarged front and rear bumpers, a roof-mounted wing, rear diffuser, a variety of 17-inch alloy designs and LED daytime running lights.

Interior modifications include additional guages, a carbonfibre mirror and a special gearknob and floor mats.

In addition, Mugen officials haven't ruled out producing a version of the CR-Z with greater engine performance.

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26 February 2010

This is awful....... I dont think i have ever seen a worse modified car. The average teenager modifying his Corsa makes a better job of it.

26 February 2010

[quote artill]This is awful....... I dont think i have ever seen a worse modified car. The average teenager modifying his Corsa makes a better job of it. [/quote]

I agree .... Mugen should be ashamed, this car is hideous. The CR-Z whilst looking quite nice in an inoffensive semi sporty and reminding the world of the CRX (apart from the UK, where we remember the CRX as a 160bhp pocket rocket not a 60bhp economy commuter car like the US) has been turned into a muppet wagon. Horrible.

26 February 2010

Like putting a tutu on a pig. They have gone mad, this is no sports car, just a 2 door, not very eco car.

Most sporty superminis will be faster, handle better and in the real word deliver similar MPG and co2 within 10% of what this will do. Don't get me started on the styling.

Honda may have created hybrids with the original insight, but it is way behind Toyota these days and their efforts or pretty second rate.

26 February 2010

[quote MattDB]

Most sporty superminis will be faster, handle better and in the real word deliver similar MPG and co2 within 10% of what this will do. Don't get me started on the styling.

[/quote]

Can you substantiate your comment about the handling? Have you any evidence to suggest the average supermini will handle better?

The styling of this Mugen version is rather extreme (not to my taste that's for sure), but the standard car (once equipped with some decent sized wheels) looks very nice to my eyes.

I suggest you take a look at the rumoured Type-R version as reported by Autoexpress:

http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/news/autoexpressnews/248239/hondas_new_crz_type_r.html

I think this version looks stunning and will give the CR-Z the proper peformance oriented model that it deserves; I truly hope it will make production...

26 February 2010

My first reaction was to laugh at this hideous monstrosity. That after thought exhaust, looks like someone forgot to cut a triangular hole in the rear valence so hey no problem, it will just poke out under it instead. Those wheels are awful and dare I say lookk far tto small against the rest of the car.

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