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New Mugen Honda S660 GARU Concept Has A Very Chiron-Like Face 13
Jan
Posted by John Halas in concepts, honda, Honda Concepts, Honda S660, Mugen, Tokyo Auto Salon on 01 13th, 2017


Making its world premiere today at the 2017 edition of the Tokyo Auto Salon is the Mugen GARU, a concept-bodied version of Honda’s S660 mid-engine roadster.
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New Mugen Honda S660 GARU Concept Has A Very Chiron-Like Face 13
Jan
Posted by John Halas in concepts, honda, Honda Concepts, Honda S660, Mugen, Tokyo Auto Salon on 01 13th, 2017


Making its world premiere today at the 2017 edition of the Tokyo Auto Salon is the Mugen GARU, a concept-bodied version of Honda’s S660 mid-engine roadster.
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Mugen’s New Honda S660 RA Is A Nice Little Treat You Can Only Have In Japan 26
May
Posted by John Halas in Galleries, honda, Honda S660, japan, Mugen, new cars on 05 26th, 2016


Mugen, Japanese tuner of all things Honda, has crafted a special edition version of Honda’s fun-to-drive S660 roadster with mild cosmetic and chassis revisions.
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Mugen’s New Honda S660 RA Is A Nice Little Treat You Can Only Have In Japan 26
May
Posted by John Halas in Galleries, honda, Honda S660, japan, Mugen, new cars on 05 26th, 2016


Mugen, Japanese tuner of all things Honda, has crafted a special edition version of Honda’s fun-to-drive S660 roadster with mild cosmetic and chassis revisions.
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Honda And Mugen Build A CR-Z We Can Love: Video 6
Jul
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, honda, Honda CR-Z, Kurt, Mugen, racing, Super-GT on 07 6th, 2012

To steal a quote from Mazda’s ad for the new CX-5 crossover, the Honda CR-Z is the rolling embodiment of compromise. Designed to be a “sports hybrid,” the CR-Z is far too numb and underpowered to be even remotely sporty, yet it isn’t particularly fuel-efficient, either. As the spiritual descendent of the much revered CRX, the CR-Z admittedly had some big shoes to fill; still, we suspect the car would be more successful if Honda had focused on either sport or economy, without trying to address both.

To go racing in Japan’s Super GT Series, Honda and Mugen have built a CR-Z to run in the GT300 class. Equipped with a twin-turbo 2.8-liter V-6 mounted amidship, the car also benefits from a Honda Racing hybrid system to provide supplemental power. We suspect the the engine and hybrid driver power the rear wheels, although we suppose the hybrid drive could have electric motors powering front wheels for added grip.

The GT300 class limits cars to 300 horsepower, so we’re fairly certain that’s what this purpose-built CR-Z puts down. We don’t have much interest in the current CR-Z, available at your local Honda dealer, but a mid-engine, rear drive CR-Z with 300 horsepower is something else entirely. We know we can’t have one, and that only makes us want it more.



A Mugen-Tuned Ariel Atom Versus… A Tuned Honda CRZ? 13
Jul
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Ariel Atom, honda, Honda CR-Z, Kurt, Mugen, Tuners, video, Videos on 07 13th, 2011

Car shows like putting together eclectic comparisons. Take Top Gear for example, who once compared a Mitsubishi Evo against a main battle tank, and routinely pits sports cars against extreme sport athletes. Still, I’m not sure any comparison I’ve seen to date is as odd as the one in the Auto Express video below, which compares a Mugen-tuned Ariel Atom to a Mugen-tuned Honda CR-Z. In fairness, they’re not running the cars side-by-side on a track, nor are they using both for a rush-hour commute. Still, comparing the Atom to the CR-Z is akin to comparing an ax to a crate of dynamite: both will take down a tree, but in very, very different fashion.

The Atom remains one of the world’s premier track-day terrors, but Auto Express shows clearly that you don’t need to trailer it to and from track days (assuming you don’t suffer from kidney stones, that is). The Mugen CR-Z is much more entertaining with a supercharger to boost output to 200 horsepower, yet it still returns up to 40 mpg if driven carefully. Perhaps that’s the most shocking part about the video: in the not-too-distant future, there will be hybrids that enthusiasts can actually learn to love.

Source: Autoexpress You Tube Channel, via Autoblog



Honda Shows Their Mugen Tuned CR-Z 18
May
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, honda, Kurt, Mugen, Mugen Honda CR-Z, News, Tuners on 05 18th, 2011

Image: Honda

If you like the looks of the Mugen-tuned CR-Z in the picture above, I’ve got good news and bad news. The good news is that the car has legitimate performance gains over the stock CR-Z, yet still delivers reasonable fuel economy. The bad news is that the car is a work in progress, and is still officially described as a “concept vehicle”. The translation of that is that it may or may not see production, and that production may or may not be sold in the United States. Honda isn’t releasing a lot of performance data just yet, since the car won’t be “officially” unveiled until July’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.

So far, Honda is claiming that the Mugen CR-Z’s 0 to 60 time is comparable to a European market Civic Type R, which does the run in 6.6 seconds. Since that benchmark was achieved, Mugen has shed 110 pounds from the CR-Z and has bumped up power by another 15 percent; in other words, the Mugen CR-Z that the world will see at Goodwood will be “noticeably quicker” than an EU market Civic Type R.

Mugen has retained the car’s three-mode personality, and they’re quick to point out that the car is still “green”. In Eco mode (which is terrifyingly slow in a stock CR-Z), Mugen claims to get nearly 42 mpg, which is comparable to a stock CR-Z. In “Mugen” mode, which replaces Honda’s “Sport” mode, the car still gets 29 mpg, not bad, considering that the Mugen car uses a supercharger to boost power.

The Mugen-tuned CR-Z will also get lighter wheels, bigger brakes and a stiffer suspension, which tells me that these components will probably be available ala carte, even if Honda doesn’t sell the Mugen CR-Z on this side of the pond. It’s not the turbocharged, gasoline engined CR-Z we’d been hoping for, but the Mugen CR-Z may turn out to be the next best thing.

Source: Carscoop



Honda CR-Z MUGEN in the Making 18
Mar
Posted by Alex Ion in Automotive News, CR-Z MUGEN, honda, Mugen on 03 18th, 2011

The performance variant CR-Z hybrid is in its making. MUGEN Euro, Honda’s tuning partner MUGEN’s UK subsidiary is working on the new version dubbed as CR-Z MUGEN. According to the tuner, the new variant will feature Type-R-like performance experience, at the same time it offers few specifics only.

The tuning job is almost similar to the one announced in the manufacturer’s home country. The body of the auto will be equipped with a new front apron, grille with LED daytimers, roof-mounted wing and side skirt.

The tuner is also offering a performance boost for the 1.5 liter petrol-run hybrid system. But the details of the have not been released yet. The vehicle is also expected to deliver better mileage, probably with by making use of weight saving measures.

MUGEN Euro has stated that with more power and enhanced torque delivery, CR-Z could be even more exciting. The tuner also has made it clear that the vehicle is still in the development phase with no plans for a production version. So it is likely to be a show car, we suppose.







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