HARDCORE CIVIC TYPE R ON WAY
240bhp Mugen-tuned Civic Type R arrives in the UK this Autumn - but it'll cost £35k
Hardcore Mugen Type R will get 240bhpThe long-rumoured hardcore version of the Honda Civic Type R could arrive in the UK this autumn, but it won’t be a full production model. Instead, the extra-hot Type R will be a limited-run track special developed by Mugen, Honda’s tuning arm.
The Mugen-tuned Civic Type R is expected to be powered by a 240bhp version of the standard 2.0-litre VTEC unit that is already available in a Mugen version of the Japanese-spec civic Type R saloon.
The new car, which will be based on the UK-spec three-door hatchback body style, will also cost an eye-watering £35,000-£40,000 when it finally goes on Sale
in the UK, a solid £10,000 more than the Ford Focus RS. But the track-focused Type R will be a rare sight – fewer than a hundred examples will be imported to the UK.
Aside from the modifications to the engine, the Mugen Type R will get a smattering of carbonfibre body bits and a stripped-out two-seat interior.
Mugen, which was formed in the 1970s by the son of Honda founder Soichiro Honda, has recently acquired a former Cosworth facility in Northamptonshire, so it looks like Honda has serious plans to create a proper Mugen presence in the UK – the Mugen Civic Type R could be just the start.