• Feb 15th 2010 at 6:29PM
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When Mugen's UK-based tuning arm turned up the wick on the Euro Civic Type-R late last year, the result was a 220-hp, stripped out hatch that was only available to 20 lucky consumers. Riding on the critical success of that limited-edition model, Honda UK will begin offering another Mugen-fettled Civic Type-R this March, but it's decidedly less impressive than its track-worthy predecessor.

Included in the package is a set of front and rear Mugen bumper skirts, lightweight 19-inch wheels, limited slip differential and a Championship White exterior, the last Type-R to receive the storied hue. Unfortunately, no mods have been performed to the engine, exhaust or ECU, so output remains unchanged at 200 horsepower.

Naturally, an assortment of badges and plaques are included on the 200 limited-edition models, which are being released to celebrate Honda's return to the British Touring Car Championship this April. Make the jump for all the details, along with ordering information... assuming you live across the pond.

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BTCC team launched

An enhanced, limited edition Civic Type R featuring exclusive MUGEN equipment will go on sale through Honda dealers in the UK in April.

Inspired by MUGEN Euro's high-performance Type R (http://bit.ly/aHEGpd), the MUGEN 200 is fitted with unique body parts, wheels and badges to give it stand-out looks. As its name suggests, only 200 of the special Type R models will be made.

On top of the standard features of the Swindon-built Type R (which of course, include Honda's 201PS, screaming i-VTEC engine) the MUGEN 200 will boast the following:
  • Exclusive MUGEN front and rear bumpers with skirts
  • 19-inch alloy wheels in 'Lightning' design
  • MUGEN rear badge
  • MUGEN Limited Edition number plaque
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Championship White exterior paint
  • Gloss black door mirrors
A range of tuning parts, to further enhance the chassis dynamics of the Type R, will also be available as dealer fit options.

The order bank for the MUGEN 200 opens in March, when prices will also be announced.

This limited edition Type R continues the association between Honda (UK) and MUGEN Euro – the Northampton-based subsidiary of Honda's long standing tuning partner MUGEN. Last year, MUGEN used its 36 years of experience and engineering expertise gained at the forefront of global motorsport, to further develop the Type R, and create the Civic Type R MUGEN of which just 20 units will be made. For more information, visit www.typermugen.com

Original MUGEN tuning parts available
From April, a network of Honda dealers will also offer an exclusive range of original MUGEN tuning parts for Type R owners to use to modify their own cars – both used and new. These parts will be available to buy from a number of selected dealers across the UK, and will offer a range of tuning and cosmetic parts, including sports suspension upgrades, lightweight wheels and interior trim. A list of the MUGEN partner dealerships will soon be available at www.honda.co.uk

BTCC team launched
The limited edition car also celebrates the launch of Honda's BTCC team for 2010, continuing its long-standing relationship with Team Dynamics. The team will compete in two Civics – which will feature a similar White and Black colour scheme to the MUGEN 200 cars. More details will be announced before the first race of the season, which is at Thruxton on 4 April.


Notes to editor:
This announcement also signals the end of sales of the Championship White Type R. All but a handful of the Special Edition cars have now been sold through the Honda network.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Almost every car maker has forgotten how to build a cheap, simple fun to drive car. I don't see how people can honestly buy this car. A Type R with no mechanical upgrades? Ridiculous. What happened to cars without electronic throttle control, without navigation, without hundreds of buttons on the dash? Why doesn't Honda make the regular Civic without all these electronic nannies and other complicated electronic systems? Why do automakers feel everyone wants a giant touchscreen in the dash? Why?Why?Why?
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ mnm:
        "What happened to cars without electronic throttle control, without navigation, without hundreds of buttons on the dash?"

        -It's called progression in technology, and the constant increases in consumer expectations of vehicles. That's what happened to those cars...
      • 5 Years Ago
      The EP3 type r was so much better. That car was legendary.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed, the EP3 was way hotter and better than this car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Mugenz Vtack juz kik in yo! Torque Powah By HONDUH!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I really like the look of this thing even though it looks like a oversized shopping cart. Ricers would have a field day if this came to the States.
      • 5 Years Ago
      There were at least two Hondas in BTCC last year, a Civic Type R (non-Mugen I guess) and an Accord Coupe (Acura RSX to us Americans).

      Oh, I see from the press release that Honda will be fielding a factory team this year and did not last year.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like this a lot. It looks like a heck of a lot of fun to drive.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed! This is HOT looking!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, an overpriced small car with a paltry 220 hp and absolutely no torque.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The K-series puts out a good amount of torque across a relatively flat curve. 142lb-ft from a 2.0L inline 4 naturally aspirated engine is no torque? I have no idea what you are talking about.
      • 5 Years Ago
      man, honda is going to fail with the CRZ
      • 5 Years Ago
      Haha, double-decker wing FTMFW!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Rice-tastic. Instead of installing a giant wing on a 200hp FWD vehicle, why not use that money to improve the interior build quality??
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Andre
        Yes, i have been in one...not bad but nothing special. The point i was tring to make is that the money is petter spent elsewhere. Aerodynamics are all good, but there's no need for rear downforce on a FWD car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        For the price of the car, the interior quality on a Si/Type R isn't bad actually. Have you even sat in one or did you use that as an excuse to talk about the spoiler? Do you really think a rear spoiler doesn't make a difference on a car because it is FWD? Do you really think aerodynamics car what kind of drivetrain you have?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wish honda had brought this 5 door hatch back to US instead of the Insight which has a carbon copy base disign of Prius
      • 5 Years Ago
      Mugen and 19-inch wheels? What's next, Spoon and neon windshield wiper nozzles? Seems they've forgotten their roots.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not to mention the rear spoiler. Veyron has smaller spoilers.

        "Riding on the critical success of that limited-edition model,....." Mmm, didn't know selling 20 Civic would fall in the category of critical success. Guess i am mistaken.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I love the looks of that Civic generation, but the torsion bar...
        Seriously, Honda...
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