The art of noise
Posted: 21 May 2010
It's not as if a Honda generally has flabby great swathes of engineering fat to excise, but Mugen has done it. The suspension gets new springs, dampers and bushes as well as geometry tweaks, but the result is extraordinary. This car is softer than a standard Civic Type R, but so brilliantly caught on the rebound that it has body control without the brittle ride. And you feel every single gram of feedback through the wheel, like someone has attached your tendons to the wishbones. The wheels are some 4-ish kg lighter than standard (each), and it means that turn-in is off the wrists, with the car pivoting around a point that sits just above the front axle - the Type R experience amped-up on the good drugs.