Honda CR-Z Mugen Hybrid Quite Sleek

Honda has released images of an upcoming hybrid in the United Kingdom called the CR-Z Mugen. The vehicle was developed in a partnership with Mugen Euro, based out of Japan, and is based upon a standard CR-Z.

According to the automaker, the new hybrid is setting some performance marks equal to the gasoline original, including a comparable time off-the-line of 0 to 60 miles per hour in 6.4 seconds. The time’s not necessary impressive compared to racing vehicles, but compared to the Chevy Volt that take 8.5 seconds to reach that speed from a dead start, it’s not bad at all.

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Honda says the most recent prototype is a ‘Stage 1’ model, and that the subsequent version will have a 15% increase in power, and and over 100 pounds reduced from the chassis. For now, the CR-Z gets a reported 50-plus miles per gallon when in eco mode, and near 35 miles per gallon when in supercharged mode.

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Few other details have been released at this time, but from the photos released, the car looks to be a stylish way to go green.

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