Famed Honda tuner is turning up to the Tokyo show in force – which includes a fancy compact SUV (obvs)
By Matt Bird / Friday, 23 December 2022 / Loading comments
If there’s one thing guaranteed to raise spirits in January, it’s the prospect of a Tokyo motor show. Previous years have seen cars like the Yaris GRMN, Subaru BRZ STI and, er, Suzuki Jimny pick up make their debuts, so it’s always worth paying attention to. With Tokyo 2023 kicking off on January 13th, Mugen has previewed what’s coming for its home show.
The ZR-V is the most important car, it seems, Mugen Custom Concept upgrading the SUV (essentially an HR-V under another name) with the concept of ‘Emotional Urban Sports’. We’re promised performance parts alongside the dubious aero add-ons, which include what appears to be a diffuser beneath the reap wiper, a bodykit of dramatic slashes and some gigantic wheels. As it’s Mugen, legendary for its weight-saving obsessiveness, we’re going to kindly assume they’re lighter than standard. Same goes for the quad exhausts – they must increase power, right?
Fortunately, more traditionally appealing hot Hondas are also heading to Tokyo. Alongside another ZR-V will be a Civic Sports Accessory Concept, which in the preview image shows off a very fetching blue car and a set of aero parts to make a Type R blush. It looks like just the kind of thing Mugen would create, but is actually the work of Honda itself. ‘Honda has created an exciting form that makes you feel the fun of driving and excitement of the car, not a sport that competes for speed, but a sport that you use every day’, proclaims the press release, which we’re going to assume means adding a little more spice to what is a quietly impressive but plain standard car.
Not to be outdone, Mugen will also bring something special that it hasn’t been previewed yet. Sound the alarm, people, because there’s a Civic Type R Mugen concept incoming. Which is absolutely worth being excited about, the combination of the best driving CTR yet with the expertise of the company that made cars like the wild FN2 and FD2 RR a real match made in heaven. We’ll even allow boot diffusers and dodgy wheels on that one. Stay tuned for more on that after Christmas.
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