• Sep 18th 2007 at 6:54PM
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The Honda Civic Mugen RR (based on the new JDM Honda Civic Type R) is limited to a total production run of 300 cars. Japanese track fiends with ¥4.7million to spend on a spiffy, street-legal time attack weapon are its target audience -- and a receptive one at that. On September 14th at 9:00 AM local time in Japan, reservations for Mugen's ultimate Type R officially began being taken. By 9:10 AM, according to the Japanese enthusiast site, Carview, the 300th reservation was placed. However you want to parse the numbers (we're sure additional reservations were taken, in case some prospective buyers bail out), one thing's certain: all 300 cars are spoken for well in advance of the expected January delivery date.

Those lucky enough to secure the Mugen RR receive a lighter, more powerful and track-tuned Civic Type R that in the right hands is capable of lapping Japan's Tsukuba circuit in 1:06:38. At least that's what the folks at Mugen were able to wring out of it. We're sure some of the car's buyers will be looking to top that number as soon as they have a chance. With this thing, life is a driving game, and Time Attack mode is always on.

[Source: Carview]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Did something change? Last I checked, Mugen didn't make performance enhancements for street cars, only cosmetic parts.

      When did this change? Or is this a track car?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Sold out fast and no wonder either, 177kw non turbo 4cyl, lightweight and track tuned. Consider the 2006 AUSDM Impreza WRX - 2.5L 4cyl single turbo producing 169kw and weighing in at 200kg more than the Mugen RR. The RR's a fair feat of technology, and a limited run. Can see why it's gone already.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Sure is a lot of hatin' going on in here!

      But seriously, Honda kiddies, just because somebody thinks a $40,000 civic is stupid, it doesn't mean they have little minds or don't know how to downshift, brake, and take a turn.

      Just to throw some fuel on the fire, consider that the rather ancient and out of production ACR SRT-4 could no doubt keep up with this thing on a road course. A few tweaks and it would walk away. All for a lot less than $40K. I really don't even like Chryslers much, just an observation.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I have to say I really dislike Hondas (mainly Honda people not so much the cars) but I LOVE this one.. Also the fact it's a 4 door is sick.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Mugen used to build Formula 1 engines too. Remember Jordan-Mugen?
      • 8 Years Ago
      As nice as this car is, as a Civic owner* it's hard for me to take ANYTHING Mugen seriously. Their aftermarket parts are rediculously expensive, and don't seem to be much better than other companies that sell parts for nearly half that of Mugen's. Please, someone reply to this and tell my why Mugen is held in such a high regard amongst JDM-Honda people, becuase I can't see why.

      Those taillights are a work of art! It's like, a late 90's Accord sedan mixed with a Corvette or Skyline.

      *2000 EX coupe. And I love it.
        • 8 Years Ago
        Mugen = semi-works Honda company with years of tuning experience with Honda.
        • 8 Years Ago
        So Mugen sucks because you can't afford it? That makes sense.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Aftermarket bolt-on parts include the wheels not falling off.
      • 8 Years Ago
      wow.....another 92hp, 3 cylinder yawner from the japanese.

      if 4.7mill yen is actually, 40k us.........300 people just flushed their money down the toilet.

      i don't see many japanese collector cars out there......and i doubt you ever will.

      underpowered & ridiculous styling (when they're not coping from another manufactor) don't make collectors pieces.

      note to autoblog--enough of this japanese only release crap. no one cares.
        • 8 Years Ago
        As an addendum, I'd also like to point out that the Solstice GXP does not include a spare tire (or run flats), whereas the S2000 does include a spare. Take out the spare and you're looking at another 20 pound reduction...but the fact is, the S2000 does include a spare, and it does include a powered soft top (with a usable trunk when the top is down, even though it's supposed to be the smaller car), and it's still lighter, so please, if you're gonna knock the car, at least not against the GXP, because that just tells me you don't know what you're talking about.

        Otherwise, I can just claim the Solstice is a fat, poorly engineered roadster just as easily as you can claim the S2000 is a gutless glory, but I'm not going to say that, because I still think the GXP is a pretty good bargain.
        • 8 Years Ago
        I doubt this car gets 30 mpg. Given that the S2000 (which has similar specs) gets such poor mpg and it's a lot smaller.

        The Pontiac Solstice GXP, on the other hand, makes 261HP from a 2.0L 4-banger (it isn't n/a though) and gets 31mpg highway.

        And common_sense:
        Some people do care about foreign cars. Keep it up, autoblog.
        • 8 Years Ago
        Autoblog, keep it up. Some of us actually see things from more than one point of view.

        8.5k RPM redline??? Count me in.

        I love american muscle, don't get me wrong, but this car's engine has better technology than most cars that cost MUCH more.
        • 8 Years Ago
        @why not the LS7/Scott

        I'd just like to point out, while a good effort, straight from the Pontiac site, the mileage for the GXP is 19/28, which really isn't better than the S2000's.

        And I wouldn't really call the S2000 gutless, at least not compared to the GXP. The GXP, with an unpowered soft top, has 130 pounds of fat on top of the S2000, which has a powered soft top. Take out the motor for the soft top on the S2k, and you're probably looking at another 20 pounds shaved. Finally, the S2000 appears to have much more structural reinforcements out the door. Because of it's "midship" design, it was possible for Honda to add a giant cross beam that goes between the front wheels, alleviating the need for a strut bar. From the engine bay shots of the GXP, I see nothing like that.

        Finally, the transmission in the S2000 has been decorated by car periodicals many times, whereas, not so much the GXP. But overall, the GXP's an excellent deal.


        I look forward to running against one some day.
        • 8 Years Ago
        Oh and also,

        1. How can you possibly, for a second, say that the new Civic's styling was copied from another company (I personally love it)?

        2. Even without the high output engine, this car is probably the best handling FWD car available
        • 8 Years Ago

        "...if 4.7mill yen is actually, 40k us.........300 people just flushed their money down the toilet."

        The Japanese economy works differently from the US. Everything there's much, much, much more expensive than the comparable American product.

        To the Japanese, a product like this is worth it, since it's basically their equivalent of a Nova SS, not to mention all the parts thrown in by Mugen.

        Besides, as some of us already said, a Type-R is bought not for looks, but for usable performance. It's basically a much more practical Lotus Elise and if you can't afford this thing, you could always buy the 15K version.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I wonder if the wheels will fall off. lol.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hey did any body hear of a company called Porsche that got 415 hp for a 3.6 .... running at the rear !
        • 8 Years Ago
        That's 115 hp per litter... This car makes 120 if it has 240 out of a 2 litter.
      • 8 Years Ago
      hhmmm...still a CIVIC though. Not at all overdone or overpriced. Even if they sold out of the snnnkkk....'limited' run, the dang car will be in Gran Turismo 5 people. Calm down. Just caaaalm down. Plus, we all know that CIVIC spelled backwards spells CIVIC. Creepy shit yo! Creepy shit.
      • 8 Years Ago

      All the haters just drive 500s *ahem, excuse me* Tauruses, and have no idea what the difference is between naturally-aspirated and forced-induction.


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