Tony O'Kane | Feb 7, 2009

Let's face it, of all the new car releases of late, perhaps the least sporty of them all would have to be the 2010 Honda Insight.

With a grand total of 75kW trickling out of its petrol/electric hybrid drivetrain and an excitement-sapping CVT transmission calling the shots, you can't really describe the Insight as being "pulse-racingly quick". Not with a straight face anyway.

Still, that hasn't deterred Honda's in-house tuning co. Mugen from waving its magic wand over the humpbacked hybrid. And while the result may not be any quicker than the standard model, it certainly is a heck of a lot easier on the eye.

Honda Insight - Mugen

That's largely thanks to Mugen's surprisingly dynamic aero kit, which consists of a front spoiler extension and replacement grille, a set of sideskirts, a rear under-spoiler and a wing that draws much inspiration from the Japanese-market FD2 Civic Type R.

Developed using extensive wind-tunnel tests, Mugen's Insight bodykit apparently produces zero lift and helps improve the overall aerodynamic efficiency of the car - which is good, considering there are virtually no power mods to speak of.

The only concession to eking out more grunt from that hybrid drivetrain is a stainless steel rear muffler, which sports an unusually-shaped - albeit aerodynamically efficient - triangular tip. Handling, however, has been properly addressed by a set of revalved shocks and stiffer springs, although these parts won't be available until later this year.

2010 Honda Insight - Mugen

Buyers can also choose from a set of 15-inch lightweight racing rims or a quartet of slightly showier 16-inch boots, with both designs boasting a width of 6.5 inches and offsets of +50mm and +53-55mm respectively.

There are myriad other parts available too, although most - like the Mugen-branded licence plate bolts - are merely cosmetic. Interested parties should note too that these parts carry a hefty premium, with even the smaller 15-inch wheels featuring a pricetag of ¥29,400 ($484 AUD) per wheel.

Factor-in shipping from Japan (the only country where these parts are on sale) and pimping your Insight suddenly becomes a rather expensive affair. Still, what price do you place on having the coolest modified hybrid on the block?

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