Fifth Gear gets first thrash in Mugen CR-Z (+video)

It was a few weeks back that we brought you news of Honda unveiling its latest concept car – the CR-Z Mugen at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

This hybrid-powered spiritual successor to the iconic CR-X sports coupe was built to make up for the shortcomings of the standard model with an injection of extra power and style from Mugen. This special CR-Z has retained the regular model’s mechanical hardware including the IMA electric motor and the 1.5-litre gasoline engine. But its internals have been upgraded and a supercharger introduced, there result is a power increase of more than 50% over the regular CR-Z.

Dynamic ability has also been improved by a widened track and a limited slip diff, there’s also 5-step adjustable dampers and larger stoppers.

Currently, there are no current plans to put the CR-Z Mugen into full production but if there is sufficient interest a limited run version may be on the cards.

UK TV show Fifth Gear have been lucky enough to get their hands on a CR-Z Mugen and put it through its paces with a good thrash. Until know it was all just words and photos, so to see the CR-Z in action check out the video below.

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