The hybrid craze has gone to new levels and everyone wants in on the action. Unlucky for those that are late in joining the game, Mugen has come around with yet another version of the Honda CRZ, promising to transform the vehicle into one "hot hybrid hatch." Their newest package comes with a killer supercharger that takes the CRZ to a greater level of performance, and possibly a better fuel economy as well.

The Honda CRZ Mugen will still come with its standard 1.5L four cylinder engine, but will get the boost in power from a new supercharger. Standard outputs for the CRZ come in at 113 HP and 107 lb-ft of torque for just the engine, while adding the standard hybrid package will get those outputs up to 122 HP and 128 lb-ft of torque. Mugen has taken their upgrade a step further by developing their own electronic package that, together with the supercharged engine, will deliver a total of 197 HP and 181 lb-ft of torque. Just like there’s no sex in the champagne room, there’s no slacking over at Mugen’s place either.

Mugen takes their package a step further by adding induction and exhaust upgrades that they hope will improve the hatch’s current stats of 38mpg and 117g/km CO2. They have also added front and rear five-stage adjustable dampers, bigger brakes, and lightweight 17in forged Mugen GP alloys. Aesthetically, the CRZ will get Mugen-spec front and rear bumpers, a large rear wing, and side skirts. The company has also promised a "large reduction in overall weight."

The Honda CRZ Mugen will make its first grand appearance at the 2011 Goodwood Festival of Speed in July. As of right now, it is just a one-off prototype, but Mugen says they are willing to offer it in a limited number production if there is enough interest. At the very least, we should be able to order some of the parts used as aftermarket supplies.

UPDATE 05/18/2011: Mugen has unveiled the first official images of the CR-Z Mugen before the car’s official debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. While the tuner has yet to say anything about the official specifications, Colin Whittamore from MUGEN Euro said: "We’ve retained the three driving modes from the standard car and economyranges from 50+mpg in ’eco’ mode to mid-30 mpg when tapping into the supercharged power in a special ’MUGEN’ mode."

UPDATE 06/13/2011: The new Mugen CR-Z has finally made its video debut with a rather impressive promotional video. Honda has also announced that, in the first tests, the Mugen CR-Z has completed a 0-60mph time of around that of the Civic Type R (which sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds).

UPDATE 08/01/11: Since many of you were wondering if the CR-Z RR Concept would ever be put into production, Mugen has officially announced that the concept has been built for show purposes only and there are currently no plans for further production.

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  (501) posted on 11.23.2011

Mugen design really looks so simple but fabulous. Well, they are truly notorious with that. However, I must say that I’m still not impressed with its engine, I just don’t think that it could give a nice speed for this vehicle.

  (248) posted on 11.16.2011

Honda CR-Z is truly very attractive on its aesthetic design, and I must say that Mugen is really a genius when it comes to redesigning a car, but just like them, I’m not so impressed on its engine.

  (459) posted on 11.2.2011

Well, I hope that the engine of this one, will only be good enough for this one because if I’m not mistaken it is a race car. Anyway, I am impressed with its aesthetic design but still oozing with car appeal.

  (466) posted on 10.6.2011

CR-Z looks so simple but still oozing with car appeal and sort of angst! smiley The four cylinders plus hybrid package with 197 horsepower is I think quite impressive, but the fact that it is a hybrid one. I don’t that it will work.

  (466) posted on 09.30.2011

Lots of sporty and unique cars are all here in top-speed, and honda cars one of the interesting manufacturer here. I like their cool and balanced designed. Like this CR-Z Mugen very sporty and trendy.

  (458) posted on 09.2.2011

Even it will on a higher price tag, I think it is worth money spending for. CR-Z really had an impressive figure performance. I love the styling of it.

  (569) posted on 08.26.2011

I have to say that I’m really impressed with the figure performance of the car. However, for sure it will cost in a higher price tag.

  (594) posted on 08.26.2011

Well, I have to say that I’m really impressed with the speed performance of the car. For a hybrid car, this one look so impressive. I was thinking on what will be the competitor of this vehicle.

  (613) posted on 08.2.2011

I think they already debut this car for it already has an aftermarket version. The vehicle look so sporty for a hybrid vehicle. The figure performance is great and it seems faster in terms of 0-60 mph.

  (501) posted on 08.2.2011

Honda CR-Z is quite an impressive hybrid car! Aside from its luxurious styling the figure performance of the car is good as well. I love the aggressiveness and sportiness of this car!

  (231) posted on 07.27.2011

Aside from the awesome modification in the styling of the car, I would love to see a boost power output on its engine. We all know that hybrid car is a eco-friendly vehicle but I anticipate its high price tag.

  (526) posted on 07.27.2011

Admittedly, the car look so sporty and its has a decent styling on the exterior. I would say that its feature is better than the M package of BMW. However, it seems that the output of the car is standard for a hybrid car and the gasoline-powered vehicle is more powerful.

  (858) posted on 07.4.2011

We all know on how helpful are hybrid cars in the environment. And I think if only electric cars are reliable I would say that its also a best solution for fuel crisis. However, both cars are expensive.

  (474) posted on 07.4.2011

I think this is one of the best hybrid car that I have seen in the market. I guess everyone wants to have this car. The look and performance is great though it comes in the higher price tag.

  (570) posted on 06.24.2011

This is such a good news to all Honda fans. I know that everybody is waiting for its release, a car that is fuel efficient and has good standards. Keep it up, Mugen!

  (488) posted on 06.17.2011

Good thing that Mugen had adjusted its standard hybrid package, making it more cost efficient and brings a better fuel consumption. And am glad, I’ll be seeing the same Mugen this time as they’ve said in the news.

  (858) posted on 06.17.2011

Wait, one thing that I don’t know is if it would be just an upgrade package for the CR-Z or if they would actually have the car prebuilt. It would be really good if they have the second option.

  (762) posted on 06.16.2011

Honda Car really fits for tuning and upgrading version and now matched with the well-known Mugen can give it a more attractive and good performance.

  (452) posted on 06.16.2011

I have been following the development of this one since they have released the initial pictures a few months back. And up to now, I am still amazed at the amount of great work that they were able to put in here.

  (377) posted on 06.15.2011

Yeah, that one is definitely a good comparison for this baby. And it would really be interesting to see what Mugen would actually be able to do when they get their hands on the NSX.

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