• Jan 17th 2008 at 5:27PM
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One of the other concepts that graced Mugen's stand in Japan at the recent Tokyo Auto Salon was the Civic Type-RR, which in addition to the obvious replacement of the entire front clip with carbon fiber pieces, also includes a K20A engine that's been bored out to 2157 cc to create a more tractable powerband and an even higher redline. 260 horsepower and 173 lb.-ft. of torque is sent to the six-speed gearbox and down to the front wheels through a LSD. Naturally, the brakes and suspension have been upgraded to handle the extra grunt, while carbon fiber was used inside to beef up the structure. Mugen also added a system dubbed I-TCMS, or Intellligent Tire Condition Monitoring, which keeps tabs on the tire's air pressure and temperature. The dash mounted instrument cluster might be a big impediment to forward visibility, but we're sure it's nothing compared to the price.

[Sources: LeBlogAuto, Nihon Car]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      This would make an excellent track vehicle and 260hp is all you would ever need in this car but boy is it unnatractive in that picture. lol
      • 7 Years Ago
      a $50k civic that is no where near as fast as cars that cost thousands less and are more streetable

      most extreme 4 door family sedan EVAR!!1
      • 7 Years Ago
      I sure am glad Honda knows how to build an engine with monster amounts of torque!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Um... I doubt a Civic could beat a Ferrari (we ARE talking about modern Ferraris right? I mean 360 Modena and up)? In an Si? Tchyeah right... maybe if you ran 40 lbs. of boost, front bumper scraping the ground and your engine lasted for all of 10 laps.

      Anyways, there's a ton of videos from Best Motoring (Video called "Type-R Returns") about the Civic Type-R, including segments where it beat the S2000 (more like absolutely destroyed it), track attacks, technical info and lap times (both time attacks and in race) where it beat some pretty hefty competition.

      And, you might be interested in a video of the NSX Type-R beating out a Porsche 911 Turbo, BMW M3 CSL, and a Ferrari 360 Modena (in that order). It was beaten, however, by the Lamborghini Gallardo and Murcielago.

      Check these out on gtchannel.com, or youtube.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The GT3 beat the NSX-R badly and the other highly priesed JDM´s in the best motoring Fuji super battle


        there the Ferrari 360 beat the last generation NSX-R easy...

        and that in best motoring a japanese motor show..

        The JDM Civic Type-R (FD2 with 225hp) was 3 seconds faster as the Euro Civic Type R (200hp) in a BBC 5th gear compare in the UK

        On the BBC 5th gear test track the
        Euro 200hp Civic Type R reached a 1:27,05min
        JDM 225hp Civic Type R reached a 1:24.06min

        to compare on the same track same driver
        Audi S5 1:23.15min
        BMW 335i 1:23.09min
        Porsche 997 GT3 RS 1:15min
        and for fun
        Porsche 997 GT3 Cup car 1:110min

        taking into account that the Euro Civic Type R is by far the slowest hatchback with the lowest hp and torque of all "ht" hatchbacks sold in Europe the JDM Civic perfrom on the level as the other real hot hatchback avaible in Europe like the Renault Megane Sport R26, Focus RS, Leon Cupra R, 130i, S3, GTI edition 30 etc.
        At every race track the Euro Civic Type R is more than 3 seconds slower than the fast hatchbacks..
        All that hot hatchbacks are miles away from M3, 911, NSX-R, Corvette, Viper, CaymenS , BoxsterS perfromance...
      • 7 Years Ago
      That´s some good HP numbers. Given the weight, the torque is sufficient, but I still think it could use more torque. But it all depends on the power band.
      I would love to drive this prototype and see how much improved the handling is.

      I see this is trying to offset the droves of people who are falling in love with the Ralliart and EvoX.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow now that is some real rice.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What is the deal with adding more R's for more sportiness in recent naming conventions? Sounds like a race program for pirates. Civic Type RRRRRRRRR!!!! (matey)

      • 7 Years Ago
      RR stands for RiceRoni...
      • 7 Years Ago
      I've never seen so many moronic comments. First of all it's not a $50,000 Civic, because it isn't for sale... so we could we please stop complaining about the "cost?" Secondly, Mugen left the carbon fibre unpainted to show that they have lightened the entire front end to improve weight distribution. Notice the other improvements... increased rigidity, more tractable powerband, and larger brakes - it obviously isn't about drag racing, so no one cares about your mother's Camry. The modifications are modest and meant to simply improve the Type R's track capabilities... that's the very opposite of rice. Sorry they put the carbon fibre on display and the colors don't match, Martha Stewart.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Dustin with sane logic for the blind haters FTW
      • 7 Years Ago
      yeah, you're right. If I put my 2yo nephew behide the wheel of the Ferrari, you'd probably beat him in your Civic......good luck to you both.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Definitely a sick track car. But then again, don't be saying it'll beat an NSX, v-8, or this car/that car -- it's all relevant to what track you're talking about...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Seriously... c'mon. I mean for real. And Grandma's Camry V6 will probably smoke it in a straight line. No, please don't give me another 100 hp... what we need is tire temperature monitoring. But I do look forward to seeing Type-RR Experimental on ebay.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Gotta agree, freaking hideous, and I love Honda/Mugen's rep for adding all sorts of bodywork, colors, coilovers, and huge wheels but at best a light addition of a few horses.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Mugen works more on the handling of the vehicles, not so much in raw power.
        You have to realize that a lot of the work they did was so that the car would handle better-that's why only the front half has carbon fiber panels-it's to help bring the car closer to 50/50 weight balance by lightening up the front that's already heavier due to the engine bay. If you make the entire car CF you'd most likely muck up the weight ratio even worse, because now the entire car is lighter and the engine makes the balance skew even worse towards the front.

        Also, by not adding a turbo/supercharger/whatever and limiting horsepower mods to boring out the engine, they're keeping the engine lightweight-again to make sure handling doesn't suffer.

        And there's no point saying how other cars can beat the Civic in a straight line drag race-it's a frickin' FRONT WHEEL DRIVE SPORTS CAR!!! It's not meant to be a drag racer, but it's pretty decent at cornering due to it's LSD that'll bias power to the outer wheel when turning (to compensate for understeer due to FWD), and the mods Mugen did here are just to help enhance it's cornering abilities further.

        This car would likely be right at home on an Auto-X course, where Grandma's Camry (or heck, my Camry...which can't really be particularly aggressive at cornering thanks to body roll) would be a much worse choice.

        Different sports use different equipment, and this sports car isn't meant for drag racing, or rally racing, or NASCAR racing, or drifting, or about a bazillion other random sports.

        That said, the real problem with Mugen is that it's insanely expensive for what they do, but that's kind of the whole appeal anyway (that they're the ultimate Honda tuner).
        • 7 Years Ago
        Seriously, all jokes aside, the V6 Camry is actually very fast. In fact, it gets 5.8 sec 0-60 times and cand do the standing ¼-mile in 14.3 sec.

        • 7 Years Ago
        Sorry, meant "But I do look forward to seeing Type-RR Experimental emblems on ebay"

        Still... wow. Why stop at the front clip anyway.

        PS - Don't bump into anything... $5000 bumper!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Forget 100hp more, give me another 100 lb/f torque.

        Meh, nice exercise, but this only serves one purpose : Hot Import Nights
        • 7 Years Ago
        This car is geared for the Hot Import Nights demographic, in that respect it knocks that out of the park.

        Personally I get the same queasy feeling seeing a nice vet ruined with corvette summer body kit. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Corvettesummer.jpg
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