Honda and Mugen developing CR-Z Type-R

Honda and Mugen developing CR-Z Type-R

The rumour mill is in over drive once again, this time it's all about a 200-horsepower Honda CR-Z Type-R being on its way. But any thoughts of ditching the hybrid set-up in favour of a K20 swap have been squashed out.

In stock form, the production CR-Z unveiled in Detroit recently packs just 102 hp from its 1.5-litre four-cylinder unit, the electric motor chips in with an additional 20 hp. Apparently, Honda and its internal tuning brother, Mugen, plan to boost the output of the stock four-cylinder engine to approximately 150 hp. Since the CR-Z is all about being a hybrid, Honda can't just be happy with a hotted up petrol engine, so a more powerful electric motor will also be fitted, reportedly good for another 50 hp, bringing total output up to 200 hp.

The upgrades won't just be under the bonnet. A reworked suspension, upgraded brakes and a bag of body mods will be included in the package, along with another driving mode (making three in total), "Sport Plus" which will reportedly modify throttle response and firm up the steering.

If the Type-R works out, expect it to debut at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, with the production version would arriving sometime in 2012.

The rumour mill is in over drive once again, this time it's all about a 200-horsepower Honda CR-Z Type-R being on its way. But any thoughts of ditching the hybrid set-up in favour of a K20 swap have been squashed out.

In stock form, the production CR-Z unveiled in Detroit recently packs just 102 hp from its 1.5-litre four-cylinder unit, the electric motor chips in with an additional 20 hp. Apparently, Honda and its internal tuning brother, Mugen, plan to boost the output of the stock four-cylinder engine to approximately 150 hp. Since the CR-Z is all about being a hybrid, Honda can't just be happy with a hotted up petrol engine, so a more powerful electric motor will also be fitted, reportedly good for another 50 hp, bringing total output up to 200 hp.

The upgrades won't just be under the bonnet. A reworked suspension, upgraded brakes and a bag of body mods will be included in the package, along with another driving mode (making three in total), "Sport Plus" which will reportedly modify throttle response and firm up the steering.

If the Type-R works out, expect it to debut at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, with the production version would arriving sometime in 2012.

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