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Mugen Accessories Intensify the 2010 Honda Insight Hybrid

Posted on February 8, 2009
Filed Under Honda Insight, Modifications | Leave a Comment

2010-mugen-honda-insight-rearFew hybrids will really get your heart racing when you look at them, and rightfully so: A hybrid’s focus is fuel efficiency, not aesthetics. Mugen, however, wants to change that notion with a set of accessories for the 2010 Honda Insight.

Mugen’s parts have a radical effect on the Insight’s appearance and seek to eliminate aerodynamic lift. A new front grille channels air into the engine and over the hood. Lower spoilers in the front and rear work with the side skirts to direct air around the body. The rear spoiler seems excessive, but it supposedly enhances the aerodynamics. There are even ventilated visors for the windows that reduce air turbulence caused by driving with a cracked window.

Mugen didn’t neglect handling in its list of enhancements. A sports suspension is available for those who want high-speed stability and comfort in their hybrid. It includes a set of sports-tuned springs and dampers and lowers the car 20mm. Also, two wheels are offered; the XJ and the NR. The first is a lightweight 16-inch mesh wheel and the latter is a 15-inch, 8-spoke wheel. Both wheels are available in various finishes.

Rounding out the functional mods is an odd system called i-TCMS, which stands for Intelligent Tire Condition Monitoring System. The system not only measures the tire pressures, but can also display tire temperatures and alert the driver of undesirable tire conditions.

Other accessories include sports floormats (the driver’s side receives a “dynamic” pad to oppose wear), a sports exhaust, and emblems that tout the Mugen Insight as being a “HYBRID INTELLIGENT SPORTS” model.

No word on whether the wealth of Mugen accessories will be available in the U.S. However, with the healthy accessory market, don’t be surprised to see some upgrades – perhaps wheels or floor mats – available at your local Honda dealer once the Insight goes on sale on April 22nd.

Source: Automobile

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