Mugen Pondering Performance Honda Fit for Europe. Should We Get One?

Mugen Euro’s general manger Colin Whittamore wants to develop a hot-hatch version of the Honda Jazz, know to us in the U.S. as the Honda Fit. The practical five-door hatch isn’t the first car that comes to mind when hearing the words “hot-hatch” but Whittamore wants to develop it.

“Always in the back of our mind as a car that we’d like to do is the Jazz,” Whittamore told AutoCar.

Mugen, already offers styling and tuning upgrades for the Fit in Japan, but they do little to increase performance. But Mugen wants to develop a high-performance version -- using either the Mugen-developed Mugen CR-Z’s supercharged hybrid powerplant or the all-motor 2.0 liter iVTEC I-4 similar to the one used in the last generation Civic Si and Euro Civic Type-R. Either choice would develop just under 200 hp for the subcompact hatch. Which drivertrain would you rather see in a high-performance Fit?

The stock Fit already uses a 1.5 liter similar to the CR-Z’s but without Honda’s IMA system that makes 117 hp. The Fit Hybrid – not available in the US – uses a 1.3 liter with the IMA system and churns out a total of 101 hp. Whittamore says is “wouldn’t be much of a stretch” to fit the supercharged CR-Z’s drivetrain in the Jazz.

If Mugen develops a high-performance version of the Fit should they bring it to the US? Or would you rather have a Ford Fiesta ST or Mazdaspeed2? Perhaps the Volkswagen Polo GTI? Let us know which hot-hatch you would spend your hard-earned dollar on if you could pick between a Mugen Fit, Ford Fiesta ST, Mazdaspeed2 or VW Polo GTI. Or is the more the merrier when it comes to hot hatches? Should we get all four?

Source: AutoCar

james
I would much rather see Honda factory come out with a Fit Si or -R based on the old Civic Si 2.0 motor. Sell it for 20 grand and I would buy it in a heartbeat!! I love the Fit but a sportier suspension and more power would do wonders for it. Yep a MS2 would rock too! Just drop the Miata 2.0 N/A motor in the 2 and there ya go!!
Jose
The problem with the 'Mugen' label, at least here in the U.S., is that the performance gains are minimal, while the price jumps up significantly. Remember the 2008 Civic Si Mugen Sedan? All it had going for it was firmer suspension, a sweet bodykit, and a couple of other so-called tweaks that did little to improve the performance of the car. And yet, it cost about $8000 more than a standard Civic Si. My local dealership had 2 of them that didn't sell til late 2009, more than a year after being built. So the bottom line is that, if the Mugen Fit will have only minor improvements, and then plan on driving up the price a lot, they will not sell. I agree with the prior post. A Polo GTI, Alfa Mito, and the hatchback Fiesta ST would be more desirable. As it stands today, the only good value remains the VW GTI.
John
If Mugen does make a Fit with the 2 liter engine(from my current RSX), I would be very interested,but not at all in a hybrid. As far as other cars we don't get here, I would like to get a Polo GTI, an Alfa Mito or the 2 door Focus and Fiesta in ST form.
HEHE
WOULD BE NICE BUT MUGEN WILL BE OVERPRICED FOR WHAT IT IS! AN WHAT HONDA THINKS IS SPORTY IS NOT THAT GREAT ANYMORE, JUST LOOK AT THE 2012 CIVIC SI SHITTY! LOW POWER, BAD SUSPENTION,NO DGS AUTO, NARROW TIRES, 17's REALLY WHERE ARE THE 18's, SINGEL EXHAUST, NO TECHNOLOGY AT ALL JUST TO PLAIN! PS: HONDA HAVE A NEW SLOGAN FOR YOU: HONDA CAR'S BUILT FOR EVERYBODY, WITH NO SOUL OR PASSION!!!!!!!!!!!!

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