What is it?
This is the production version of the “concept” that we drove a month ago. That was an experimental car created to gauge the reaction to a Mugen-tuned Civic Type R. Mugen Europe’s UK-based engineers have listened to those reactions and modified the car to produce this, the firm’s first road car, which has been developed at Mugen Europe’s Northampton HQ.
It’s also the only Honda that costs nearly £40,000, a price tag Mugen says reflects the car’s hand-built nature (the engine alone takes seven days to finish.)
It’s based on a Championship Civic Type R, so it comes in white only and has a limited-slip diff. Mugen has thoroughly reworked the engine with new pistons, ECU, camshafts and exhaust to give it 237bhp (up on the standard car’s 208bhp) and a smidgen more torque.
They’ve also added bespoke brakes, suspension and an aero kit, along with reinstating the back seats and toning down the concept’s overly harsh ride as a reaction to feedback from those who drove it.
That lot adds up to an eye-watering £38,595, although your money buys you a certain kind of exclusivity as Mugen will build just 20 – European boss Hiroki Toyoda is adamant that the firm will not do any more – and they’re for the UK market only.