• Jul 24, 2007
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Ahhh, Autumn. We love it so. The leaves change, football is in full swing, the air gets brisk, and Honda comes clean with a MUGEN for us Yanks. That's right, kids: Americans will finally be able to buy a Mugen-prepared Honda Civic this fall. Following up on the Honda Civic MUGEN Si show car that was displayed at SEMA last year, Honda has announced that the production version will go on sale in October. The Civic MUGEN Si is powered by the same 197-horsepower four-cylinder as the standard-issue Si, but the MUGEN is the beneficiary of a track-tuned suspension, lighter wheels, and a new sport exhaust. It also gets the requisite aero kit with an updated grille, skirting and new spoilers fore and aft. Inside, look for a new shift knob and a plaque. Only 1,000 Civic MUGEN Si sedans will be built for the 2008 model year (sorry, no coupes), and all will be finished in the Fiji Blue Pearl you see here. Full pricing details weren't announced, but Honda did say that the car will go for less than $30,000. Until enthusiasts here in the States are offered a Type R, this is gonna be the Civic to have. Sure, it's no Civic MUGEN RR, but it's a start.

[Source: Honda]



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2008 Honda Civic MUGEN Si Sedan Set for Fall Release

07/23/2007 -LEXINGTON, Ohio - A factory-prepared 2008 Honda Civic MUGEN Si Sedan will debut in mid-October, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., announced today.

The Civic MUGEN Si Sedan is equipped with a high-performance suspension, forged aluminum wheels, aerodynamic body styling and a sport-tuned exhaust system.

"Honda enthusiasts have long been asking for factory-installed MUGEN performance products similar to what the company offers in Japan," said John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda. "We're enthusiasts, too, and the ultra-premium Civic MUGEN Si Sedan offers exclusive style and elevated handling performance with legendary Honda refinement."

The track-tuned suspension, tested at the Twin Ring Motegi racing circuit in Japan, lowers the vehicle by 0.6 inches with aggressive spring and damper tuning for enhanced handling performance while still maintaining a high level of ride comfort. Compared to the conventional Civic Si Sedan, front and rear damping force (both bump and rebound) was increased between 8- and 24-percent. Lightweight 16.98-pound 18x7.5-inch forged aluminum wheels (27 percent lighter than the stock 17x7 alloy wheel) and high-grip BFGoodrich® g-Force KDW 215/40ZR18 summer tires help to create MUGEN's unique, rewarding and well-balanced handling performance character. The full-vehicle aero-package adds a front spoiler with a sports grille, side spoilers, a rear bumper diffuser and a rear wing.

The sport exhaust system reduces back pressure from the catalytic converter back. The Civic MUGEN Si Sedan will be available exclusively in Fiji Blue Pearl and include front and rear MUGEN emblems. Inside, a MUGEN Limited Edition placard is located on the center console along with a spherical 50 mm MUGEN aluminum shift knob.

The name MUGEN symbolizes Honda performance throughout Asia and around the globe. MUGEN, under license by M-TEC Co., Ltd., of Japan, has been closely associated with Honda for more than three decades in the design and manufacture of racing and premium aftermarket performance products.

The limited-production vehicle (maximum of 1,000 units for the 2008 model year) will have a retail price of less than $30,000 when it goes on sale and include a full factory warranty. A prototype of the Honda Civic MUGEN Si was shown at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in fall 2006.

Civic MUGEN Si Sedan Specs:
Engine Type = i-VTEC DOHC 4-cylinder engine
Displacement = 2.0 liters (1998 cc)
Transmission = 6 Speed MT
Horsepower = 197 @ 7800 rpm
Torque (lb.-ft.) = 139 @ 6100 rpm
Ride Height = 5.3 inches (-0.6 inches from Civic Si Sedan)
Overall Length = 177.8 inches total (+1.1 inches from Civic Si Sedan)
Wheels: Forged GP 18x7.5 (pattern 5H-114.3 +48)
Color: Fiji Blue Pearl


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Sure, that's nice, but why spend $30k on this when you can get a better performer like the mazdaspeed 3 for $22k?
      • 7 Years Ago
      i like personally like hondas but the thing that pisses me off about honda is they sleep on the U.S. market. Japan gets all the Type Rs and now the " RR Mugen" which comes with 240 HP and like 160 lb torque and alot better looking, while U.S. gets this crap. I read somewhere that in japan the RR Mugen's price is equal to 38,000 USD!! thats ridiculus. If they sold the RR Mugen here for a little less than 30 K id definetly buy it....but this si mugen...NO THANX
      If the RR Mugen was sold for 25-30 K i think it could compete with the Mazda speed 3/ WRX STI/ and mabey even the EVO. thats just my opinion.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "...track-tuned suspension..."

      So does that mean it's actually comfortable to ride in now?
      • 7 Years Ago
      under $30k meaning $29k for a CIVIC
      damn if I have that much spare change for a Civic
      hell for another $2k I can get in a G35 or the new CTS at $32k
        • 7 Years Ago
        Look at it this way: $30,000 for 139 lb-ft of torque?

        Uhhhhh.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If they had to state 'under $30,000', then it's probably *over* $25,000. For that kind of money, you can bolt yourself into a number of fun cars, including the WRX, a base Z, possibly even a stripped 128i - none of which are front-wheel drive.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hey look, a Civic Si with a body kit for 10 grand more!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why is this a sedan and not a coupe?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Has anyone here actually been to a Honda dealer to inquire about the Si? It may have an MSRP of around $20k, but most dealers mark up the price to $26k.

      Knowing how much Honda fans worship the brand, the Mugen will go for much more than $30k when all is said and done, DESPITE the MSRP.

      Finding a Civic Si on eBay for $20k is a good deal, given the price hikes associated with this car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Meh No thank you Honda
      I'll wait for the Rear Wheel Drive Hyundai coupe
      • 7 Years Ago
      If they had to state 'under $30,000', then it's probably *over* $25,000. For that kind of money, you can bolt yourself into a number of fun cars, including the WRX, a base Z, possibly even a stripped 128i - none of which are front-wheel drive.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Mugen doesn't make parts for the coupe, it also makes more sense for them to work with the sedan platform as its the same as the one in Japan.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm a Honda fanboy to the Nth degree and even I wouldn't pay $30K for this. A sedan SI for 33% less would be a better purchase. For $10K I could get the car in white (which looks better than that blue IMO), supercharge it, and get a nice set of 18" Volks.
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