Bonkers Honda Vezel headlines Mugen's lineup at Tokyo Auto SalonTue, 14 Jan 2014 10:19:00 EST
Japanese automakers and their tuning divisions have descended upon the Makuhari Messe in Chiba City for the 2014 Tokyo Auto Salon. And for Honda, it's all about Mugen.
Honda's Japanese Domestic Market tuning division brought a series of modified concepts and racing cars to the salon this year, including the CR-Z hybrid touring car it fields in the Super GT series, the SF13 single-seater from the Super Formula series as well as customized versions of the Fit, Odyssey and N-WGN. But the prize for the most outrageous of them all surely goes to the modified Vezel you see above.
Modeled on Honda's new Fit-based crossover, the Mugen Vezel Concept goes further than the versions we've seen until now. It features a bonkers body kit, dual exhaust, brake upgrade, sport suspension, intricate 20-inch alloy wheels and an upgraded interior. It's not for the faint of heart, but if you're feeling still interested, you can check it out in the gallery above, along with the announcement below and the specs on Mugen's website.
MUGEN POWER 2014
TOKYO AUTO SALON 2014 with NAPAC Overview of Exhibition
M-TEC Co., Ltd. headed by President Shin Nagaosa (hereafter called MUGEN) presents an overview of the exhibition at TOKYO AUTO SALON 2014 with NAPAC (organized by the TOKYO AUTO SALON ASSOCIATION or TASA) to be held from January 10th (Fri.) to 12th (Sun.) at Makuhari Messe International Convention Complex.
Our concept this year is "MUGEN POWER 2014." MUGEN will express a wide range of MUGEN activities by displaying the SUPER GT and SUPER FORMULA series championship machines, a concept car, and models equipped with MUGEN parts at the Honda booth.
We will debut our concept car ("MUGEN VEZEL CONCEPT") based on the Honda VEZEL introduced to the Japanese market in December 2013.
We will also show our "TEAM MUGEN" racing spirit by exhibiting two 2013 Japanese top-category series championship machines - the "MUGEN CR-Z GT (TEAM MUGEN #16)" that won both the series championship and drivers' championship in the SUPER GT 300 class, and the "SF13 (TEAM MUGEN #16)" that won the drivers' championship in the SUPER FORMULA series.
In addition to the racing machines and the concept model, models equipped with MUGEN parts and based on the VEZEL, FIT RS, ODYSSEY ABSOLUTE, and N-WGN Custom will be displayed.
By Noah Joseph
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