We'll go ahead and say it, America needs a Type R Honda. Badly. We're not getting one though, so we'll have to live vicariously through the rest of the world. The United Kingdom in particular has us especially jealous due to the healthy Honda and Mugen relationship it so enjoys. To rub a bit of salt in the red H badge-shaped wound, Mugen has announced a new hotted-up version of the Type R Civic.

Mugen had produced a 2.0-liter Type R variant in 2010, of which just 20 were built. Now Mugen is back with a new version powered by a turbocharged 2.2-liter four-cylinder motor, which produces 256 horsepower and nearly 180 pound-feet of torque. Add in the upgraded suspension bits, brakes and aero kit, and you have a Civic that is built to perform.

Mugen is still working out how many 2.2-liter Type R coupes it plans to produce. Of the 20 cars from 2010, four still remain, and it's possible that Mugen will upfit those with the 2.2-liter engine. Also, Mugen is considering an upgrade plan for owners of the 2.0-liter car. It's all being worked out, and, although we'll most likely never see a version Stateside, we're eager to hear what Mugen decides to do.
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EVEN MORE MUGEN POWER FOR HONDA CIVIC TYPE R

One of the most exclusive and explosive hot hatches of recent years has been given an extra dose of MUGEN power.

The Honda Civic Type R MUGEN debuted in 2010 to near-universal acclaim, and a 20-strong limited edition production run of the hand-built, motorsport-derived machines went on sale to UK enthusiasts.

Now technicians at Northampton-based MUGEN Euro have worked their magic again, producing a unique version with even more power and torque.

The cylinder bore and stroke have been increased to create an overall capacity of 2,156cc, so the car has been christened the Honda Civic Type R MUGEN 2.2.

The result of the change is a boost in engine output from 240 to 260PS, and additional torque is available throughout the rev range. Peak torque is now 240Nm at 6,000rpm. Compared to a standard Honda Civic Type R, both power and torque are up 30 per cent.

When coupled to the host of motorsport-derived components created exclusively by MUGEN – including sports suspension, uprated brakes and a stunning performance bodykit – the MUGEN 2.2 represents the ultimate expression of the Honda Civic Type R philosophy.

It has been created as a fitting tribute to the highly successful Honda K20 2.0-litre petrol engine, which has ceased production in Japan. Homologated by MUGEN as an FIA Group N race series engine, the K20 has long been the powerplant of choice with tuners and motorsports competitors who want the very best in naturally aspirated performance.

Moreover, it has been at the very heart of everything MUGEN Euro has achieved since the company was formed in 2006. Its skilled engineers have built or tuned almost 400 examples for race and rally competitors around the world.

The Honda K20 engine has also powered the only two complete road cars produced by MUGEN; the Honda Civic MUGEN RR four-door saloon sold in Japan, plus the limited Honda Civic Type R MUGEN sold in the UK.

Hiro Toyoda, vice-president of MUGEN Euro, commented: "Environmental pressures mean naturally aspirated engines are rapidly being superseded by other engine architectures and technologies. We may never see the like of the K20 in a mainstream production car again, so felt it only fitting we mark the occasion with this special 2.2 version of the Honda Civic Type R".

Plans for the 2.2 car have yet to be finalised. Of the 20 limited edition 2.0-litre cars launched in 2010, four remain unsold and it's possible MUGEN Euro may offer them with the reworked engine. Existing owners could also be invited to return their cars for an upgrade. A decision on these two proposals is expected to be made shortly.


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      NightFlight
      • 3 Years Ago
      Uhhh, Autoblog, when are you going to fix the article? This Mugen is NOT turbocharged. That is a NA engine with 116HP per liter. That's incredible.
      jumpmanjay
      • 3 Years Ago
      404 turbocharger not found. its 260 NA hp from a 2.2l.
        Andre Neves
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jumpmanjay
        You're insane. 260hp from an all-motor 2.2 4banger is amazing. All that power, instantly with no lag. And my last three cars were turbo(Evo X, Evo IX, SRT4).
          Kris
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Andre Neves
          He means instant engine response. Turbo engines need a second to gain boost no mater at what rpm.
        Fonin
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jumpmanjay
        yes, the old 1.8b-series was capable of 260+hp but not in street tune. Erick's racing had a lot of fun with all-motor hondas.
      WatchF1
      • 3 Years Ago
      People are going to gripe that it still "doesn't make torque at a usable RPM", but that's really not the point of the engine. And despite that Honda makes good fuel economy without direct injection, I REALLY want to see a Type-R engine with Direct Injection.
      Spec-Al
      • 3 Years Ago
      #corrections, no turbo
      Fazzster
      • 3 Years Ago
      I was a teen in the 80's when Honda's were the cats meow. I had an 85 CRX, 88 CRX Si, 00 Civic Si, 02 S2000 to name a few. Seriously, what happned to this company? At least the Europeans have Type R varients. Honda in North America just sucks.
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Does anyone proofread this garbage?? A turbocharged K series?? Come on, this is Mugen we're talking about. Having said that, awesome engine. Not so awesome car. I'd MUCH rather have a JDM Type R sedan w/ this engine, or even our '08 Mugen Si. Best would of course be an EK Si Coupe. Yum.
        Jeff Glucker
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Frisky_Dingo
        It was an error, which has been corrected. However, a turbocharged K series isn't a crazy notion. The K23A1 is turbocharged.
        Discerning
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Frisky_Dingo
        Yeah! Why on earth would Honda make a turbocharged K-series?! Well, I mean, they already did in 2007 and it's the K23A1, but I'm sure your point is still just as valid. Frankly, I'd rather have that engine. Tuned conservatively for crossover use, it only makes 16 less hp. But, it make 80 more torques. Fine tune it for hot hatch use, and you'd have something much better than the gutless 2.2l. Sorry fans of useless figures *Cough, NA hp/l, cough."
        Phontsolo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Frisky_Dingo
        Sedan huh? ugh......
      Gorgenapper
      • 3 Years Ago
      A bloody shame this isn't the kind of thing Honda wants for their North American cars anymore. Instead, we get the 2012 Si with only 201hp and a VTAAAK meter to measure just how little power you're actually making. But the infotainment features are cool, right?
      snap_understeer_ftw
      • 3 Years Ago
      not turbocharged all-motor NA power
      Haywood
      • 3 Years Ago
      I highly doubt this is turbocharged. If this was turboed, it would go well over 300hp.
      Smooth
      • 3 Years Ago
      Honda, oh, Honda.......something like this in the States would do wonders.
      rsxvue
      • 3 Years Ago
      The reason why this will never be released in the US (aside from all the performance and safety issues)? No one is willing to pay 30K+ for a civic -- case in point is the Mugen Si which will be the closest variant to a type r we'll get. I know this topic's been beaten to death but it's a shame because Honda could really use a couple performance models like this in their line-up right about now.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @rsxvue
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        AP1_S2K
        • 3 Years Ago
        @rsxvue
        i spoke with a Honda/Acura shop that would agree with you. Their business is being directly hurt because there's nothing Honda produces anymore that enthusiast want.
        fivesix7eight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @rsxvue
        I have to disagree, the USDM Mugen Si is NOTHING like a type R. The engine was typically the same as the standard Si, the only thing that separated the two was the Mugen exhaust, lip kit/grill/spoiler, suspension, and interior pieces. People won't pay $30k for a dressed up Civic Si but I'd bet my milk money that they'd pay that same amount for a Civic ready for the track.
      Kris
      • 3 Years Ago
      This thing is going to be amazing. And the noise it's going to produce... OMG! But knowing the price of the last Mugen Type R now wonder they couldn't sell all 20 cars. Everybody prefers regular Type R and then straight to the aftermarket tuning world. Amazing car though!!!
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