These are the first pics of the Honda CR-Z Mugen, which will make its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed end of June in UK. It’s the work of Mugen’s UK performance division and features a big boost in power as well as upgrades in suspension and brakes.

Mugen’s CR-Z retains the regular coupe’s 1.5-litre petrol motor, but they’ve supercharged it to produce 50% more power and torque. The claimed overall figure is 197 hp and 245 Nm just for the engine. Overall figures will be higher thanks to a recalibrated version of the CR-Z’s Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) electric motor. Overall figures for the standard CR-Z are 122 hp and 173 Nm, so we’re looking at a huge jump.

Chassis mods include a wider rear track, larger brakes with four-pot calipers and five-step adjustable dampers. There will also be quite a bit of reduction in weight, contributed in part by the carbon fibre bonnet we see here. Other visible changes are the addition of a big rear wing, bodykit, Mugen rims, a triangle muffler and gauges on the dash top.

Honda is considering an official hot CR-Z – let’s hope that an encouraging response to this one-off will convince them! Hi-res pics after the jump.

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