Honda CR-Z Mugen brochure leaked out

Honda CR-Z Mugen brochure leaked out

Honda CR-Z Mugen brochure 1

It was only recently that the idea of a hybrid powertrain in a sports focused car was little more than science fiction. But now pioneering cars like the Tesla Roadster and Audi’s all-electric R8 have helped with the wider acceptance of hybrids in general and it all got real.

Set to be one of the first hybrid vehicles to be adopted by the import performance community, the upcoming 2011 Honda CR-Z will also be one of the first hybrid cars to be reworked by an automaker’s official tuning division.

In the case of the CR-Z, it will be Mugen doing the tuning.

Recently a brochure for the standard CR-Z leaked out to the press and today the brochure for the Mugen-prepared version has surfaced. Very little is known about the car at this point except that it gets custom bumpers, alloy wheel designs and looks the business.

The idea of a performance hybrid may still seem a bit of a contradiction to some but as Hiroki Toyoda, Mugen’s European chief, previously explained, the electric motor in a hybrid powertrain could easily act like a low-pressure turbo by boosting performance at low engine speeds.

Check back as we reveal more details as they come to hand on the Honda CR-Z.

Honda CR-Z Mugen brochure 1

It was only recently that the idea of a hybrid powertrain in a sports focused car was little more than science fiction. But now pioneering cars like the Tesla Roadster and Audi’s all-electric R8 have helped with the wider acceptance of hybrids in general and it all got real.

Set to be one of the first hybrid vehicles to be adopted by the import performance community, the upcoming 2011 Honda CR-Z will also be one of the first hybrid cars to be reworked by an automaker’s official tuning division.

In the case of the CR-Z, it will be Mugen doing the tuning.

Recently a brochure for the standard CR-Z leaked out to the press and today the brochure for the Mugen-prepared version has surfaced. Very little is known about the car at this point except that it gets custom bumpers, alloy wheel designs and looks the business.

The idea of a performance hybrid may still seem a bit of a contradiction to some but as Hiroki Toyoda, Mugen’s European chief, previously explained, the electric motor in a hybrid powertrain could easily act like a low-pressure turbo by boosting performance at low engine speeds.

Check back as we reveal more details as they come to hand on the Honda CR-Z.

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