Published on September 11th, 2013 | by Jo Borrás1
Car Wars: 2014 Honda Fit Mugen Hybrid vs. Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R
September 11th, 2013 by Jo Borrás
Toyota shocked a lot of people with its 420 hp Yaris Hybrid-R, but Honda’s own Mugen tuning and motorsports division was quick to respond with a hot bodykit and upgraded interior package for the company’s new-for-2014 Honda Fit. Mugen didn’t stop with flash, though — there are handling and power upgrades as well. It may not add up to 420 hp, but this upgraded Honda Fit has one thing going for it that the recently-revealed Hybrid-R definitely can’t match. You can find out more about that in the article, below, originally published at Gas 2.
Honda Fit Mugen Set to Face Off Against Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R
Not one to let Toyota get all the go-fast green press during the upcoming auto-show season, Honda has just released photos of its Mugen-tuned 2014 Honda Fit, which features a less-restrictive Mugen exhaust, at least, and a more aggressive, sporty bodykit, racing-style bucket seats, and lightweight aluminum wheels. It’s also rumored that the Mugen will have a bit more power than the “factory” Fits, thanks to that exhaust, a less restrictive intake, and a retuned engine control unit (ECU).
Do you think this new 2014 Honda Fit has what it takes to steal the 420 hp, motorsports-derived Toyota Hybrid-R’s thunder? Before you answer, consider that the sportiest Honda Fit, once it rolls out of Mugen’s workshop, looks like this …
… while the LeMans-inspired Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R, for the sake of those of you who’ve already forgotten, looks like this …
… and that only one of these two is actually available for sale.
Which one? That would be the Honda Fit, and you can be sure the good go-fast bits from Mugen will be available stateside once the car goes into full production later this year. The Fit hybrid is expected to deliver some 80+ MPG (it gets 86 MPG on the JDM/Euro cycle), thanks to its combination of an 1.5-liter, Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder and seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission. That’s a 35-percent improvement over the current Fit, and a far cry from Toyota’s hot little hybrid – which, at this point, is little more than a design exercise.
Call me biased, but a bird in hand, you know?
Source | Photos: Mugen Honda, via Autoblog. Toyota.
Don’t own or lease an electric car but want to? Complete our EV owner wannabe survey!
Keep up to date with all the hottest cleantech news by subscribing to our (free) cleantech newsletter, or keep an eye on sector-specific news by getting our (also free) solar energy newsletter, electric vehicle newsletter, or wind energy newsletter.