Honda CR-Z MUGEN hybrid coupe

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This is one of the first images of the Honda CR-Z MUGEN, which promises the efficiency of hybrid power combined with supercharging.

The production Honda CR-Z hybrid coupe is a great car, and the only hybrid currently with a manual gearbox rather than a CVT, but it could handle more power, and here’s the answer.

Honda says that development of the supercharged CR-Z is progressing well, with performance figures already looking promising.

Early tests with a prototype car based on a standard CR-Z and a mid-tune engine have given 0-60 mph times around that of the Civic Type R.

After a further 15 per cent increase in power over this ‘stage 1’ engine and with over 50 kg reduced from the chassis, overall performance is set to meet MUGEN’s original targets.

“Early fuel consumption tests have also been encouraging,” says Colin Whittamore from MUGEN Euro. “We’ve retained the three driving modes from the standard car and economy ranges from 50+mpg in ‘eco’ mode to mid-30 mpg when tapping into the supercharged power in a special ‘MUGEN’ mode.”