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It was rumored yesterday, and it's real today. Come September 13, Japanese enthusiasts will be able to order up the hottest Civic Type R yet. The already-impressive R gets the full once-over from Mugen, and the result is the Honda Civic Mugen RR. Designed to be perhaps the ultimate front-engined/front-wheel-drive performance car, the Mugen RR sheds an additional 10kg (22 lbs) off the standard Civic Type R's weight, coming in at 2733 lbs. In addition to the weight loss, the freer-breathing Mugen RR picks up 15 horsepower over the regular Type R. It's rated at 240 horses at 8,000 rpm and 160 lb-ft at 7,000 rpm.

Complementing the added power and and decreased weight are a new bodykit, upgraded brakes all around, a retuned suspension, new wheels and tires, and logo-emblazoned Recaro sport buckets. Availability is limited to 300 cars, all in the Milan Red finish shown, and the pricing in Japan has been set at ¥4,777,500 ($38,750 USD).

Mugen's official website has a video of the car lapping Japan's Tsukuba circuit in 1:06:68, which is worth a look if you're interested in seeing it in action.

[Source: MUGEN via Carview]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      I am Asim Bhageria from India Mumbai.
      In Japan & elsewhere Honda MODIFIES cars for the handicapped. But in India even after 10 years of successful motoring it has not been done. May I know WHY?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Listen up Honda. Give us an si coupe that has 260 plus hp, 150 mph top speed, plus a little more agressive body work, and you will sell more si's than mazda will sell speed3's! Why do you think the evo's and sti's are so popular. People want power nowadays. This is coming from a 2006 si coupe owner that is saving up for an ajp turbo kit. Now if you mad a limited 300 hp turbo version, I'd be willing to bet that you would out sell the forthcoming evo x!!!!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      *yawn* Yet Another FF compact taken to ridiculous extremes of price and "performance" by some tuner.

      for 38,000, I'd expect them to drop the Civic body onto a stretched S2000 driveline. THAT would be nifty....
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks like a ton of show and a passable amount of go. For almost 39k, I'll take a Mustang GT for 14k less, or a used Corvette, *or an S2000.*
      • 7 Years Ago
      A $40,000 Civic? Where do I sign up?

      Actually, kids probably spend this much on their 1993 Civics after all the body kits and engine work.
      • 7 Years Ago
      You also have to remember that the currency conversions are never accurate on vehicle pricing. If this car were sold in the US, it would cost less than $38k.

      Its sad that Honda's performance division (mugen) is now better known for their cosmetic items than performance parts. This car would have been much better off as a competition model....simplified with an emphasis on handling and performance. If they wanted to make the car lighter, they should have started with getting rid of the body kit and wing. Instead, install an aluminum hood, trunk and roof panel. The car would easily be 60-80 pounds lighter and lower the center of gravity.
      • 7 Years Ago
      i laugh at lexus owners daily who spend 40k on a ff LUXURY car, this is even more laughable. Love the idea of a FR small sedan from honda, wont happen though.
        • 7 Years Ago
        what lexus is FWD?
        • 7 Years Ago
        The Lexus ES is FWD...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow... that for a civic? I don't care how souped up it is. You can get a 2008 VW GTI with DSG for $23,000. It shifts in 8 milliseconds (the Enzo shifts in 150 milliseconds, FXX shits in 100 milliseconds). Has 200hp and 200lb ft of torque.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Double clutch transmissions don't shift. They transition gears.
        The time quoted is only the time that the fuel is cut (under peak clutch overlap). So apples to oranges.
        You are still looking at an ~150-250ms 'shift' time. From the time clutch one starts coming out, and that half of the transmission is shifted to neutral, to the time clutch two is fully engaged.

        240ps is more likely, 240hp@8000rpm is 157.5ft-lbs, only dropping 2.5 ft-lbs over 1000 rpm, 240ps is still a remarkable 5ft-lbs over 1000rpm.

        lose the wing, get an M3 type spoiler.

        That FXX must be taking extra strength ex-lax, wow.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yeah you can get a GTI for $23k but when you start adding stuff that one typically expects in his/her car that price is going to inflate.

        I'm looking at May's C/D right now and the GTI they tested, a four door with a 6-speed (not DSG) is priced at $29k and change. Granted it's still almost $10k below what Honda is asking or this Civic Type-R. However, one should keep in mind they are only making 300 examples, some of which are probably going to be added to collections.

        On the other side when one considers that Japan's tax structure on automobiles is based on litre displacement there might be a trade off when considering other cars with V6s that make as much power.

        I dunno, I'm just trying to rationalize. Me personally, if I were in Japan, I would get a Mazdaspeed3. Exclusivity be damned
      • 7 Years Ago
      this car is only 2.0 liters, with all options, you can barely change anything else on it or in it. i think the price is only slightly expensive. small enough for you to still want to buy it. the sti's and other cars mentioned are 2.5 liters
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Mazdaspeed3 is also based on a family car (a hatchback! grocery-getter!) is also front-wheel drive, and costs $24K.

      It would also demolish this car. Of course turbo vs N/A but for the price differential...
        • 7 Years Ago
        As much as the Honda fanboy in me wants to argue that this car probably handles 20x better on a track than the MS3, I have to agree with you that $24k for MS3 performance is a huge bargain for an amazing little car and a much better deal for John Q. Average's money. The MS3 is probably much more civil on the street and while it may not handle like a racecar, it's more than enough for canyon carving and autoX.

        That being said, I don't really thing the MS3 and this Civic RR are in the same category. We're comparing a street car to a track car, IMHO.
      • 6 Years Ago
      All of you are damn stupid

      Do you know that Mugen RR 0-60mph can do to 4.9s?
      do more research stop saying that ''oh i can buy a VW''

      VW quality sucks
      • 6 Years Ago
      in malaysia this consider cheap as the standard civic 2.0 cost about MYR130k or usd43k....for the type R it cost about usd 67k here......
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