Honda CR-Z Mugen RR Concept at Goodwood Festival

July 6, 2011

Honda has pulled the wraps off a brand new Honda CR-Z Mugen RR Concept at the 2011 Goodwood Festival of Speed. The car features an obvious chunky bodykit and could include some engine performance upgrades.

Although the Honda CR-Z is a hybrid, it’s definitely the sportiest hybrid currently on sale. It was originally conjured up by Honda as a retake of the original Honda CR-X of the late Eighties, with a sleek swooped-down hatch design and a moderately aggressive front end stance. This Mugen RR Concept version though, it gets an entirely new bodykit which transforms it into a full-on Fast and Furious-style racer, only more tasteful.

It’s unknown if Mugen has stuck with the standard 1.5-litre petrol four-cylinder unit and the IMA hybrid system. In the standard car, this duo is good for a combined output of 91kW. Mugen hasn’t release specific engine details of this RR Concept version, but we’ll assume it’ll at least feature the standard Mugen CR-Z package which includes upgrades unleashing a very healthy 147kW. Being a relatively lightweight setup (1211kg) it means it goes into the same league as a MINI Cooper John Cooper Works.

Mugen also specialises in making Honda’s steer even better, so it’s only natural this RR Concept would feature a completely overhauled suspension package including stiffer and lower springs and uprated shocks. Although, such details are yet to be announced.

The Honda CR-Z Mugen RR Concept is unlikely to go on sale, but like the normal Mugen CR-Z, selected items may go on sale as separate performance parts.

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Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.