On the import side of SEMA, few vehicles have garnered more support than Honda's compact Civic. Arguably, Honda brought the sport compact scene to the mainstream with models like the CRX and EG hatch, and partnered with an excess of
For over three decades, Mugen has been the premier aftermarket supplier for all things Honda. The company was originally started by the founder of Honda's son, Hirotoshi Honda, and served as the performance arm of the automaker during their forays in everything from LeMans to F1. Although Honda has never owned Mugen, the ties between the two have made it one of the closest partnerships involving an OEM manufacturer and an aftermarket company.
Considering their storied history, it's little surprise that the two have partnered to offer an appealing set of upgrades to the newly released Civic Si sedan. The modifications made by Mugen mainly consist of suspension tweaks in the form of a more aggressive spring and damper setup that drops the Si by 0.6-inches, but still offers a compliant ride. A set of lightweight (16.7 lbs.) 18x7.5-inch forged-aluminum wheels are coupled with BFGoodrich g-Force KDW gumballs, sized 215/40. The only power mod consists of a cat-back exhaust that smoothes out the torque curve.
The exterior benefits from Mugen's world-renowned aero pieces, consisting of a new front spoiler and grille (with Mugen badging, natch), side skirts and a rear bumper diffuser. The attention attracting spoiler's design is an obvious nod to the last generation Integra Type-R's (RSX stateside) own down force producer. Inside a few Mugen badges add to the exclusivity, along with a serial number plate and a new shift knob.
Only 500 of the Mugen-massaged Si sedans will be made available, with pricing expected to be under $30k.
In addition to the Mugen sedan, Honda will be releasing a Honda Factory Performance version of the Si sedan with a revised suspension setup that drops the vehicle about an inch, +1 wheels, stickier rubber, a sport exhaust and a new body kit, all of which is covered under the factory 3-year/36,000-mile warranty. All the individual components can be purchased separately, with the full kit expected to cost around $3,800 plus installation.
Live and stock pics are after the jump, along with Honda's press relase on the Mugen Si sedan.
2007 Honda Civic MUGEN Si Sedan Revealed at SEMA
Honda announces plans to sell factory-prepared MUGEN Civic for the first time in U.S.
American Honda Motor Co., Inc., today revealed a prototype Civic MUGEN Si Sedan prepared by legendary Honda tuner MUGEN equipped with a high performance suspension, forged aluminum wheels, aerodynamic body styling and a sport exhaust system at the 2006 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show. Planned for production in a limited quantity of 500 units a year, the Civic MUGEN Si will be available at U.S. Honda dealers starting in spring 2007 with a manufacturer's suggested retail price of less than $30,000 and a full factory warranty.
"Enthusiasts have equated the name MUGEN with JDM Honda performance for decades, and with the introduction of the Civic Si Sedan, the time is right for the two companies to once again join forces," said John Mendel, senior vice president of American Honda. "A MUGEN-tuned vehicle available directly from the factory provides the ultimate level of performance, quality and refinement in a specially-tuned car."
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 stock Civic Si Sedan, front and rear damping force (both bump and rebound) was increased between 8- and 24-percent (the rate varies depending on condition). Lightweight 16.7-pound 18x7.5-inch forged aluminum wheels (27 percent lighter than the stock 17x7 alloy wheel) and high-grip BFGoodrich(R) g-Force KDW 215/40ZR18 summer tires help to further create MUGEN's rewarding and well-balanced handling performance character.
The full-vehicle aero-package adds a front spoiler with a sports grille (with special MUGEN Si emblem), side spoilers, a rear bumper diffuser and a rear wing. The sports exhaust system reduces exhaust system back pressure from the catalytic converter back, resulting in an enhanced power curve. Additional accoutrements include front and rear MUGEN emblems outside. Inside, a serial number placard is located on the instrument panel along with a spherical 50 mm MUGEN 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.
Honda's activities at SEMA coincide with the November 1 on-sale date of the new-for-2007 Civic Si Sedan. The Civic Si Sedan embraces the style and performance of the Civic Si Coupe and marks the first time that "Si" performance has become available in a sedan body style.
Civic MUGEN Si Sedan Prototype Specs:
Ride Height = -0.6 inches (5.3 inches total)
Overall Length = +1.1 inches (177.8 inches total)
Wheels: Forged GP 18x7.5 (pattern 5H-114.3 +48)
Color: Fiji Blue Pearl