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Old 03-17-2011, 01:12 PM   #1
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Default Mugen CR-Z to Debut at Goodwood With “Type R-like Performance”





Mugen’s European division will launch a version of the Honda CR-Z sport hybrid at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, with significantly more ‘sport’.




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According to Mugen Euro, the car will use the same 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine and Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid system, offering more horsepower and torque. Also included in the package will be upgraded brakes, a new suspension package, a carbon fiber hood, new wheels and a rear spoiler.
The news is not just a rumor, but an official release from Honda UK, however, it is only a one-off concept.
“This will be one quick hybrid,” says Martin Moll, Head of Marketing for Honda (UK). “With more torque, more power and MUGEN’s experience of working with Honda cars, we’re expecting great things. It promises to show how hybrid cars can be even more exciting to drive.”
Honda is reportedly also working on a turbocharged version of the CR-Z for actual production that could wear the Type-R badge.
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Old 03-17-2011, 01:19 PM   #2
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Take a hybrid that gets mediocre gas mileage combined with mediocre performance, and jack up the performance of the engine and hybrid drivetrain, to get a car with decent performance with worse gas mileage that would have been achieved with just a good NA powerplant.
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Old 03-17-2011, 02:23 PM   #3
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It's a shame it's such a turd. I think it's a really nice looking car.
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Old 03-17-2011, 02:43 PM   #4
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Take a hybrid that gets mediocre gas mileage combined with mediocre performance, and jack up the performance of the engine and hybrid drivetrain, to get a car with decent performance with worse gas mileage that would have been achieved with just a good NA powerplant.
Pretty much. This car really makes no sense whatsoever.
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Take a hybrid that gets mediocre gas mileage combined with mediocre performance, and jack up the performance of the engine and hybrid drivetrain, to get a car with decent performance with worse gas mileage that would have been achieved with just a good NA powerplant.
... and so overcomplicated for what it does, too. That "good NA powerplant" could be pulled from their cars 12 years ago (99-00 Civic Si B16A2). I can't imagine buying any of the current crop of "hybrids" when they're 10+ years old.
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It's a shame it's such a turd. I think it's a really nice looking car.


Me too..........
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Old 03-18-2011, 02:17 PM   #7
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... and so overcomplicated for what it does, too. That "good NA powerplant" could be pulled from their cars 12 years ago (99-00 Civic Si B16A2).
Well not literally. It wouldn't meet emissions. A modernized K series would be good though, something with direct injection.
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