Monday, 12 September 2011

NEWS - Honda Civic Type R gets MUGEN Makeover

The MUGEN Honda Civic Type R debuted in 2010, with 20 hand-built special editions going on sale to UK buyers. However this wasn't enough and so the Technicians at MUGEN Euro, based in Northampton, have worked their magic yet again.
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.

The uprated engine is then combined with a range of MUGEN-exclusive, motorsport-derived components. These include a sports suspension, uprated brakes and the stunning bodykit seen in the photos. This car looks serious and can also back this up with its impressive performance figures.

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.

This engine has also been key to all the MUGEN Euro creations. Since the company was founded in 2006, their engineers have built or tuned over 400 of these engines. Furthermore, this engine was the base for the only two complete road cars produced by MUGEN; the Honda Civic MUGEN RR four-door saloon sold in Japan, plus the limited Honda Civic Type R MUGEN sold in the UK.

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Toyoda, vice-president of MUGEN Euro, said: “Environmental pressures mean naturally aspirated engines are rapidly being superseded by other engine architectures and technologies.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”.

Plans for the Mugen 2.2 are not yet finalised. 4 of the original 20 limited editions remain unsold, and so there is a possibility these may be reworked to the MUGEN 2.2 and offered as the upgraded version. Another possibility is that MUGEN Euro will offer any customers with a 2.0 Type R MUGEN an upgrade package which would bring them in line with the 2.2, and decisions about these options will be made soon.

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