The word sporty and hybrid don't often appear in the same sentence, but that could soon change with the release of a new Honda CR-Z modified by Japanese outfit Mugen.
The funky tunesters have been pimping Honda cars for aeons, but this will be its first attempt (that we know of) at Tim Westwooding a hybrid. According to Topgear.com, it'll replace the standard car's front and rear spoilers with phat Mugen offerings, add a sports grille, an enormous rear wing, adjustable suspension (why?), sports mats, Mugen GP alloy wheels and a Mugen gear knob -- snigger -- with funky heptagon wheel nuts.
The changes aren't merely cosmetic. Mugen will also tune the car's petrol engine to add an extra 5bhp for a total of 117bhp. It looks as if the 13bhp electric motor won't be touched, which is a shame -- we reckon a couple of strategically placed hairdryers could knock a few tenths off the car's 0-60mph time.
If you've already nabbed yourself a standard CR-Z and want to take it down the boy-racer route, all this can be yours for around £2,000. That's a pretty good deal if you ask us, because the final product looks seriously badass. This is especially true if you're a fan of hot hatches, or if you're just bored with other hybrids, all of which resemble potato wedges.
Watch the video to see a fully completed Mugen CR-Z or visit mugeneuro.com for more info.