198bhp courtesy of supercharging for Mugen-Honda hybrid coupe
Honda tuner Mugen is set to finally deliver a properly hot version of the CR-Z hybrid coupe at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July - and it has today revealed that the new car will be supercharged.
The tuned version of the hybrid coupe is expected to produce around 198bhp (Civic Type R levels), and 181lb ft of torque (significantly more than Civic Type R levels). The car retains the Honda IMA electric motor and the original 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine, which has been rebuilt to Mugen spec by Northamptonshire-based Mugen Euro with bespoke upgraded and strengthened internal components.
"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," says Colin Whittamore from Mugen Euro. "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."
Plenty of work has also gone on with the Chassis and body, too: there are five-step adjustable dampers fitted front and rear, an increase in track width and a large reduction in overall weight, as well as bigger brake discs and four-pot monobloc calipers.
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One of our guys has a stock one, it's pitifully cheap inside, and he is getting an average 35mpg out of it. Best he has had is only 48mpg on an A/B road run. On motorways, it is v poor fuel wise.
What did he have before and what was that returning on I assume the similar route/commute?
123d, reckons he was getting 44mpg out of it.
Perhaps it's the way he's driving it? After 45000 miles my average mpg for my CRZ is 51.5. Over A/B roads it's 54 mpg, motorways around 56mpg whilst city/short distance driving gets around 48 to 50mpg. This is using a mix of eco, normal and sport driving modes.
NoelWatson23 Apr 2011
Sort of feeling sorry for the Mugen boys now. No NSX...no S2000.
Mugen Atom is in this month's EVO.
Smiler.23 Apr 2011
You'll need the special charging kit too..............
bobberz23 Apr 2011
It is no longer TRD.....
I wasn't aware of this. What's it now? Maybe it's still TRD in America.