If there was one thing tuning enthusiasts could improve for the Honda CR-Z it would definitely be the power output. Ever since the sporty hatchback was released, we have seen styling and aerodynamic parts galore, but a lack of performance options have us scratching our head. With the exception of a few limited models developed by Mugen for advertising purposes, Honda could help out the tuners who have been faithful to the car brand.
Check out these new pictures of the Mugen tuned Honda CR-Z RR that debuted with the CR-Z Concept at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. This highly modified RR model is the work of the Japanese tuning division of Mugen, while the original Honda CR-Z was put together by Mugen Euro in the UK. The RR tuning kit features several bespoke parts with many made from carbon fiber. Some of the carbon pieces include the new bonnet, passenger doors, and rear tailgate, while underneath is a full length carbon fiber underbody holding a central exit exhaust system. Everyone seems to love a Mugen tuned Honda, that’s for sure.
Here are the pictures of the CR-Z Mugen model released by Honda, before the official debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The modified compact car received a new aero package, sport suspension, brake kit, and new alloy wheels to make it more appealing. It also weighs 50 kg less than the factory Honda CR-Z, and while the exact specifications have not yet been announced, we do know that it will hold a supercharged 1.5-liter engine under the bonnet. This powerplant will be matched up with a IMA hybrid system to produce a satisfying 200 PS and 181 lb-ft of torque.
The new Honda Jazz Hybrid, also known as the Honda Fit in the U.S. has been the main attraction at Honda’s Paris Motor Show booth. However, the Japanese automaker has premiered a new line of aftermarket accessories for the European-spec Honda CR-Z 2+2 hybrid car. It is split into four package, with individual themes for both the exterior and interior. First is the carbon theme that includes new floor carpets, door-step garnishes, interior panels, body skirts, and better looking 17-inch alloy wheels. For customers wanting to trick out their hybrid Honda even more, the Metallic, Illumination, and Coloured themes come next.
The Honda CR-Z is not your typical sports car, but holding hybrid capabilities and the structure to be easily modified makes this the perfect tuning project for the world renowned HKS company. When it comes down to performance figures, the Honda CR-Z isn’t all that impressive, but HKS is now in the limelight for its top spec performance kits. They previously released the GT570 package for the Nissan GT-R, and now offer several tuner parts for the Honda hybrid. First, comes the Hypermax II suspension system, allowing the driver to adjust the ride height depending on the conditions to improve handling. This drops the car up to 37 mm, while HKS focused on the 1.5-liter petrol engine to produce more power.