• Jun 12, 2009
Mugen Honda Civic Type-RR (JDM) - Click above for image gallery

Honda's space-egg Civic Type-R hasn't exactly managed to build the same sort of enthusiast following as its predecessor, but that hasn't stopped U.S. motorheads from fawning over its edgy three-door shape, or from carping about how we don't get one in the States. While that isn't set to change, there may soon be a new model that's really worth crying over, as EVO is reporting that renowned tuner Mugen is fixing to build an even hotter Type-R variant.

According to the UK publication, the Mugen-spec Type-R will build on the success of the Mugen RR sedan (shown), taking some of its key bits (upgraded suspension, perhaps the bigger Brembo brakes, 18-inch wheels). It will likely also inherit that car's lightweight Recaro buckets and ditch the rear seats altogether for weight savings.

EVO notes that the current Mugen RR sedan's 2.0-liter engine makes 237 bhp (versus 198 bhp from the factory), with 160 pound-feet of torque ¬– a 10% increase over a stock Type-R. The mooted three-door liftback would likely receive similar power.

In the UK's typically price-inflated market, EVO reckons the Mugen CTR will probably cost more than £35,000 – a gobsmacking $58,000.




[Source: EVO]




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      • 5 Years Ago
      It's funny that the JDM car looks more like the one we get in the U.S., rather than the one the Europeans get.
        • 5 Years Ago
        We get the exact car in Canada, although it`s an Acura.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Just the 4 door. I wish we got the three door.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Drizzled in maple syrup and baby seal blood.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Uhh...no. I know that price is converted from pounds, bu no way will that price fly in the US. I could get a decently used 2009 M3 for that price, and a few other performance cars.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I always get a laugh out of the "I could get a used M3 for that price" comments.

        These people have no clue what awaits once that beloved used M3 requires a few service appointments at the dealer.

        Grab your credit card with the highest limit; it's not for the faint of heart.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Redeemed
        I always get a laugh out of the "I could get a used M3 for that price" comments.

        These people have no clue what awaits once that beloved used M3 requires a few service appointments at the dealer.



        Actually I do know. I am speaking about a 2008 M3, yes there are used ones on the market, they go for about $50K, and they come with a 50k mile/4 year warranty which covers all service intervals. I won't run up 50K miles in 4 years.

        Seems you are the one who doesn't know anything.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It doesn't have to fly in the U.S. - This article is about the UK market. And the JDM Mugen Civic RR was ridiculously priced as well, but it sold out in 10 minutes.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think the price will be closer to $30,000.
        Carlos
        • 5 Years Ago
        It may handle brilliantly but for 30k it is just an over priced Civic.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That 2 door hatch looks awesome. I especially like that it appears to have a slightly taller driving position than the current US 2 door coupe here in the US. It's unfortunate that here in the US Honda has the 2 door Civic and 2 door Accord with essentially the lines of a hatchback, but instead have a mail slot opening for a trunk.

      Most of the comments here have been more focused on performance, but I would love that 2 door hatch more tuned to ride comfort (lots of highway miles). And definitely provide the fully independent suspension and quit using that stupid cheap torsion beam and drum brakes that are equipping the Fit/Jazz and Insight. Every vehicle Honda produces with torsion beams and drums lessens my respect for a company that had a great history of excellent first rate mechanicals. And don't tell me the torsion beam "saves space". I had both an '89 Civic 2 door hatch and a '95 Integra 2 door hatch, and both had great suspensions and fantastic cargo capacity.

      • 5 Years Ago
      I hope the final name winds up being a Mugen Type RRR. The pirate's first choice in Mugen Civics.

      "What'd you do with all that booty?"
      "I stashed it in the trunk of my RRR!!!!!!"
      • 5 Years Ago
      If it's as fast as the R26 Megane I want one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Mugen and Honda are the best partners in CRIMES.

      The MUGEN Civic is the prime example....Talking about turning a regular civic by adding rice bodykit and mugen decals and pricing it way above the clouds.
      • 5 Years Ago
      35,000 pounds for a Civic? Uhhh...no. And still only 160 lb-ft. Way too much for a rice rocket. I'll take an RS thanks. May not be a lot faster than this Civic, but will be much better in the mountains when the Civic's natural aspiration does it in.

      And why can't the US Civic look like that? The headlights on the one we get remind me of early 2000's Dodge Caravans. Seriously uncool. Or just put the coupe lights on the sedan, much better.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hahahah $58,000 for a Civic. Sorry, but I'll take the Corvette for $58,000.
        • 5 Years Ago
        lern2convert fgt
      • 5 Years Ago
      Isn't the current Si same as the current overseas Type R (not RR)?
      The Si is good enough for me, anyway.
        • 5 Years Ago
        NO.

        It's a different block, with different internals, head, frame, dampers, interior.

        You couldn't get the same results out of the Si Engine that you could with the RR.

        In American terms, I'd say it's lke comparing the K20A to the F20C.
        Just the head work alone on the F20 is enough to set it apart.
      • 5 Years Ago
      $58,000 for ANY civic is just insane. I really have no idea how they can justify a civic costing more than a corvette. There really are a lot of stupid people in the world.
        • 5 Years Ago
        For comparisons sake, a WRX STI roughly retails for an equivalent US$51,000 in the UK. So no, it does not cost more than a Corvette.
        • 5 Years Ago
        OK, so an STi is $51000 and this civic is $7000 more than that? still ridiculous.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Including yourself apparently, because ALL cars cost more money in the UK. Even a Focus costs 25K there.
        A corvette costs similarly more there genius.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ill take a focus rs
      • 5 Years Ago
      RR should stand for rear engine, rear wheel drive
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