The Honda CR-Z hit markets today in Japan, and should make it to North American and European markets later this year. At $25,340 it is a bit pricier than the Prius and Insight, but arguably better looking as well. It is also the only hybrid in the world to offer a six-speed manual transmission as an option. While underpowered and overweight, it is a stylish breath of fresh air in the hybrid market.
Mugen, an aftermarket tuning company formed by the son of Honda’s founder, has released images and details of its first body kit for the CR-Z. While this kit offers more in the way of looks than performance, it is yet another step-up in the looks department.
In fact, the only part of the kit that could be considered “performance enhancing” is the roof mounted spoiler, which as far as roof-mounted spoilers go, isn’t half-bad looking. The Mugen kit also adds more aggressive front and rear fascias, side skirts, and five different wheel options. Other additions include LED-mounted headlamps, triangular rear exhaust tips, and even a carbon fiber license plate holder. Hey, why not?
The interior isn’t left out of the upgrades either. An aluminum gear-shift knob, three-gauge instrument cluster, floor mats, and even a carbon fiber rearview mirror. That… seems a bit ridiculous. Maybe the money would have been better spent on a cold air intake system to capitalize on the cat-back exhaust system. The suspension also undergoes a bit of tweaking with upgraded springs and shocks.
While we don’t know how all of this affects the fuel economy, it is a good bet the MPG rating will take a bit of a hit due to lessened aerodynamics as well as (slightly) increased performance. Honda is reportedly working on a CR-Z Type-R as well, which should offer as much as 200 horsepower.