If someone mentions the words “hybrid car.” most of us, I’m sure, conjure up a mental image of a small car with not much oomph and precious little sex appeal.
But when it comes to the Honda CR-Z 2017, this is clearly unfair. The car oozes power and sex appeal in the same way as any other sleek and powerful sports car – BUT…it’s a hybrid car.
And it looks pretty electrifying. But here’s the thing; the brand new version just got a lot more powerful and a lot sexier looking thanks to an English specialist tuning company, Mugen.
And the brand new jointly produced Honda CR-Z Mugen is available just about now, so watch out for it flashing by you on the motorway – quietly!
Honda CR-Z 2017 Price
The CR-Z Mugen costs around £23k on the road. And that looks like it could well be money well spent. Surely, the first electric supercharged sports cars of today will become the must-have collector’s items for our kids 30 years from now? Whether they’ll be viewed as genuine classics or quirkily anachronistic, though, is quite another matter. Either way, the Honda CR-Z Mugen looks like a great buy right now for my money – if you can get your hands on one.
The CR-Z was pretty good to begin with – but with the Mugen styling and tweaks, it’s awesome. It’ll be the only sporty hybrid with a manual gearbox – as opposed to the CVT. This helps give it a traditional sports car feel.
And it looks the business with a design that follows from other Honda concepts; like the Remix and the Small Hybrid Sports.
The CR-Z (or ‘Compact Renaissance Zero’) was first shown at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2007. The Mugen version, though, is brand new and it’s exciting; the new car offers close to 200 in bhp from the same 1.5-litre hybrid unit as the standard CR-Z. But it’s a lot quicker and handles more firmly thanks to a supercharger, a re-mapped ECU, and stiffer springs. Don’t miss it!