• Oct 25, 2007

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Short and sweet: If you want one of the 1,000 2008 Honda Civic MUGEN Si sedans coming to dealer showrooms, you will have to pony up $29,500 plus taxes and destination charges. That amount gets you a Civic Si that's been given the once-over by MUGEN, which supplies a track-tuned suspension, aerodynamics package, lightweight wheels, and a sport exhaust. A number of bespoke touches dress up the interior as well. You can read our original posts and the press release after the jump for full info on the car. As for the price, whether or not it's "worth" it depends on your level of interest, naturally. Something tells us that the first official MUGEN vehicle for the US market will have no problem attracting 1,000 people willing to part with 30 grand.

[Source: Honda]



Honda Civic MUGEN Si Sedan Pricing Set at $29,500
Limited-production model further enhances handling and styling of Civic Si Sedan

10/23/2007 - TORRANCE, Calif. - The 2008 Honda Civic MUGEN Si Sedan is arriving at dealerships nationwide with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price1 (MSRP) of $29,500, plus destination and handling charges, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., announced today.

Built on the foundation of the Civic Si Sedan and tuned by the prestigious racing and aftermarket performance company, MUGEN, the Civic MUGEN Si Sedan adds a track-tuned MUGEN suspension, 18-inch forged alloy lightweight wheels, a full aerodynamic body kit with adjustable rear wing spoiler, a rear diffuser and a sport-tuned exhaust system. Powertrain highlights include the Civic Si's high-revving, 197-horsepower, 2.0-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine with an 8000-rpm redline; a 6-speed close-ratio manual transmission; and a helical-type, limited-slip differential.

"The Civic MUGEN Si Sedan brings together the excitement of the Civic Si with MUGEN's legendary reputation for performance," said Dick Colliver, executive vice president of American Honda. "The track-tuned MUGEN suspension further enhances the handling of the Civic Si Sedan."

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 dampers, front and rear damping force (both bump and rebound) was increased between 8- and 24-percent.

Lightweight 17-pound 18x7.5-inch forged alloy wheels (27 percent lighter than the stock 17x7-inch alloy wheel) and high-grip BFGoodrich®2 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 skirts, a rear bumper diffuser and an adjustable rear wing spoiler. The sport-tuned exhaust system reduces back pressure downstream from the catalytic converter. The Civic MUGEN Si Sedan is available exclusively in Fiji Blue Pearl and includes front and rear MUGEN emblems. Inside, a MUGEN Limited-edition placard is located on the center console along with a MUGEN 50mm spherical 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 Civic MUGEN Si Sedan (maximum of 1,000 units for the 2008 model year) is backed by the standard factory Honda warranty.

The interior design provides a performance-driving environment with the Civic Si's firmly-bolstered synthetic suede seats with red stitching, red backlit gauges and a leather-trimmed steering wheel.

The Civic Si's 2.0-liter, 16-valve, DOHC i-VTEC engine produces 197-horsepower @ 7800 rpm and 139 lb-ft. of torque at 6100 rpm. A standard close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission allows for quick gear changes with torque distributed via a limited-slip differential for enhanced traction in high-performance driving situations.

The interior's two-tier instrument panel conveys a futuristic design with quick-reference meter positioning and includes a rev-limit indicator light. A leather-wrapped steering wheel with tilt-and-telescope feature is standard. The 7-speaker, 350-watt premium audio system features a subwoofer, Speed-Sensitive Volume Control (SVC), MP3/WMA3 playback capability and auxiliary audio input jack. Additional features include a 60/40 split folding rear seat, one-touch power moonroof, red ambient console lighting, remote entry with security system, power windows, power locks, a dual trip meter odometer and a Maintenance Minder™ indicator.

Every 2008 Civic integrates a wide array of standard safety technologies starting with the Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure; side curtain airbags; driver's and front passenger's side airbags with a passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS); and dual-stage, dual-threshold driver's and front passenger's airbags. Active front seat head restraints are designed to help reduce the severity of neck injury in the event of a rear collision. Standard safety features include Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®), an anti-lock brake system (ABS) with electronic brake distribution, front seatbelts with an automatic-tensioning system and load limiters, and a pedestrian injury mitigation design incorporated into the front exterior of the vehicle. Driver and front passenger seatbelt reminders and daytime running lights are also standard equipment. Vehicle Stability Assist provides launch, oversteer and acceleration-understeer control by modulating engine power and/or applying brake pressure independently to each wheel. VSA can be manually deactivated if conditions warrant it.

A prototype of the Honda Civic MUGEN Si was shown at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in fall, 2006.

1 MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $635.00 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
2 BFGoodrich is a registered trademark of Michelin North America, Inc.
3 Windows Media® Audio is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Overhyped and overpriced BS!!! This will have all the JDM zealots creaming their drawers.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Seriously... they should include a free mandatory sterilization with every purchase.

      Good thing there is a helical lsd to put down all 197 hp! Otherwise, things would get out of control.
      • 7 Years Ago
      lol.... 30K for a civic...what has the world come to
      • 7 Years Ago
      30k will put you in a G8 with RWD
      • 7 Years Ago
      Bunch of freakin' retards. 30K for a Civic? I guess there is a sucker born every minute.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Too bad they are only making 1000 of these.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Good god, i'm an admitted Honda fan but i just can't justify 30K for a Civic. you're getting into Evo and STI territory there, not to mention more luxurious TSX and 1-Series Beemers. Hell if you insist on a Honda, the accord V-6 coupe is sure to be a lot better if you throw some aftermarket springs on it
      • 7 Years Ago
      It finally arrived, a Civic Mugen. knowing pretty much everything about the Civic SI myself I know this is no ordinary vehicle. I know is a little "pricey" if you can only afford a 20K car, but it is not for everyone. I'm a Honda sales consultant and knowing the history of the civics and what people do with them, this is the perfect one. PPL complaint about them not doing any modifications to the engine, but they left that to the costumer. I know quite some people that spent easily 15K on their civics, and this one being track ready all it needs is some HP. Civics have so much potential, I don't think there is any other brand that have so many companies making accesories for them to customize them like Honda, the sky is the limit. If anyone is interested in seeing a Mugen, they could come to my showroom.
      Liberty Honda
      Cjerez@libertyhonda.com
      860-251-6851
      • 7 Years Ago
      Sorry. Too many other options at that price.
      • 7 Years Ago
      29000 gets you a civic si with bolt ons.
      34000 gets you a base s2000.
      1000 = the number of suckers that will be identified
      • 7 Years Ago
      HA! HA HA HA HA HA! You have got to be mother f'n kidding me. For 30k you will be able to get the new 128i, with a sub 6sec to 60 and handling that will embarass that civic. I love Civic Sis, but damn, thats a joke. At 22k, I strongly considered one, and might have bought if were I not 6'6. I just couldn't quite get comfortable. But at 30k, it would have to do a whole lot more for me to ever consider it.
        • 7 Years Ago
        rv2,

        If you read my post, you'll see that I drive a Civic Si Sedan. And yes, it handles much better than any BMW I've ever driven, including the E46 M3. It's much flatter in the corners and much better on direction changes, not to mention incredibly adjustable mid-corner, especially considering it's FWD. This Mugen version upgrades the suspension beyond what's on my car, which can only improve the handling.

        It may not have much torque, but then the 8200RPM redline more than makes up for that. Uphill turns? You must be joking. Everyone who harps on torque this, torque that is completely missing the point of the car, and will probably also never get people's fascination with the Mazda Miata either. Hint: it's not about drag racing.

        PS Glad to see your parents "threatening" you with a free car...
        • 7 Years Ago
        er, I6.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'm a big fan of the 1-series coupe, but I drive a Civic Si Sedan. I will tell you this much: there is no way a 128i with its soft suspension will be anything but faster in a straight line, and only marginally at that. The Si has a great suspension setup in the base model, and this version upgrades it. Plus the 128i will be around 3300lbs, and this weighs in under 3000. Is it worth $30k? Probably not. Will it handle better than a 128i? Unquestionably.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Where I live there is no shortage of parents willing to part with 30-60k for their kids first car. While 30k is high, I don't think that there will be a shortage of buyers.
      • 7 Years Ago
      No thanks, I'll take a Mazdaspeed3 GT and pocket the extra $5k
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