This time though, they've gone for more. The cylinder bore and stroke has been increased, giving the engine a larger capacity of 2,156cc. The resulting creation, named the Civic Type R MUGEN 2.2, develops 260PS and 240Nm peak torque; both figures up 30 percent from the standard Type R.
This car represents a tribute to the Honda K20 engine. A favourite amongst racers and tuners, the 2.0-litre petrol engine represented some of the best performance from a naturally aspirated engine. The engine has now ceased production in Japan.
Hiro Toyoda, vice-president of MUGEN Euro, said: “Environmental pressures mean naturally aspirated engines are rapidly being superseded by other engine architectures and technologies. We may never see the like of the K20 in a mainstream production car again, so felt it only fitting we mark the occasion with this special 2.2 version of the Honda Civic Type R”.