Footage of Autocar's test of the hardcore Civic
4 October 2009

Autocar recently tested the new Civic Type R Mugen, an extreme one-off concept, and now we can bring you an exclusive video of the drive.

The car has been built to gauge public reaction to a hardcore Civic Type R and to help Honda to decide whether to put it into limited-scale production.

Watch the Mugen Civic Type R video

This would boost public awareness of Mugen Euro, the semi-official tuning arm of Honda, and could signal the launch of more Mugen-branded tuning products and upgrades.

New mapping has increased the engine's rev limit to 8500rpm, with peak power of 237bhp at 8300, and Mugen has thrown 105kg out, by using composite body panels, ditching the rear seats, fitting new front seats and using lighter wheels.

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4 October 2009

It looks like the kind of car Ali G would drive, looool

4 October 2009

Too Fast and Furious and at 25k you'd buy a Focus RS or a grey import Civic or Integra that already has the 240bhp engine. It might work if they just make the handful of concepts then offer a "Mugen Pack" option to the excisting Type R but they will need to keep the price in check.

4 October 2009

Ah the noise! Wonderful!

4 October 2009

at £25k the mugen is the cheaper choice to the RS and the mugen would be quicker. even with 60bhp down on power. you cant really compare it to imports as you could say that about any car made in another country really. i think the mugen is a performance tune car/engine the RS has a low tune engine and is compromised by having rear seats etc.

5 October 2009

Don't you think this car is two years too late!, of course it should've been built but now the body shape is out of date, it had design defects, there are new kids on the block, better looking, quicker, with seats for four, what you can't argue with is that engine,sounds like a touring car on maximum attack! and unfortunately most of the opposition is cheaper too, i'm sure a Clio Cup would show it a clean pair of heels most of the time and it can be had for half the price!

Peter Cavellini.

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