I'd like to have a little fun while saving the planet--I'm sure that we all would--but this wave of hotted-up hybrids has me scratching my head. Some, like the Prius Plus Performance Package, appear to use the term "performance" a bit too liberally for my tastes Still others, like the Mugen CR-Z, seem to add a sporty pedigree to what was previously just sporty pretense. Building on the later of those concepts, Honda has just pulled the wraps off of an even more extreme variant of its sporty hybrid at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the United Kingdom: the Honda CR-Z Mugen RR concept.
The CR-Z Mugen RR features wildly aggressive exterior styling with integrated carbon fiber components including a new gaping maw of a front bumper, side skirts, rear bumper, and high rear wing. The extra wide front fenders look like they've been yanked right off the wide-bodied Subaru WRX and terminate abruptly behind the 18-inch hyper-black wheels. Finally, the Double-R has been slathered in a particularly sherbet-y shade of orange paint that is matched by an equally orange interior.
Not much is mentioned about what's happening under the hood, but if the 200-horsepower Mugen CR-Z approaches Civic Type-R performance, we assume that the more hard-core, race-prepped CR-Z Mugen RR is analogous to the extremely rare Civic Mugen RR.
What we do know is that the CR-Z Mugen RR Concept has about as much of a chance of reaching a North American dealership as an orange creamsicle does on hot asphalt.