You are here

Honda Civic Type R news - Mugen Type R: it’s alive, it’s expensive - 2009

Good news: Honda has confirmed the Civic Type R Mugen will go into limited production in the UK.

Bad news: it’ll cost you - ready for this? - £38,599.

Yes, that’s about £12,000 more than the Ford Focus RS, which packs a mighty 300bhp to the Mugen’s 237bhp.

But Honda says you shouldn’t think of the Mugen Civic as a normal hot hatch, but instead a Mugen-prepped race car for the road. A full racing Type R, they say, would cost around £165,000, so the road-going Civic represents a veritable bargain, especially as Mugen will build and tailor your Type R to your exacting specifications. 

Watch the Mugen Civic hit the track

So what do you get for your large wodge of cash? Well, a limited-slip diff, mono-block racing callipers, lightweight forged alloys wheels, custom springs and dampers, and a bigger rear wing, to name but a few of the new shiny bits.

That 237bhp - from the same 2.0-litre naturally aspirated VTEC engine - is 20 per cent up on the standard Civic Type R, with torque boosted by 10 per cent thanks to new pistons, camshafts, ECU and a modified intake system.

Worth £38,599? Have a read of Tom Ford’s review of the concept - and Piers Ward’s test drive of the pre-production version - and you might start to think so. Exclusivity, too, will help: Mugen will build just 20 Type Rs, all in Honda F1-style Championship White.

Or would you prefer a Focus RS with change left over for a Fiat 500 Abarth? 

Share this page: 

What do you think?

This service is provided by Disqus and is subject to their privacy policy and terms of use. Please read Top Gear’s code of conduct (link below) before posting.

Promoted content