Enthusiasts in the United Kingdom got a chance to own the Honda Civic Type R MUGEN in 2010 as well as a limited edition production run of 20 hand-built, motorsport-derived machines. But now, the Northampton-based MUGEN Euro technicians have produced a unique version with even greater torque and power.
The cylinder stroke and bore have been boosted to produce an overall capacity of 2,156 cc, giving the name to the vehicle, the Honda Civic Type R MUGEN 2.2. With the revamp, a boost in engine output is achieved from 240 PS to 260 PS. Additional torque is also available across the rev range.
Now, peak torque is 240 Nm at available at 6,000 rpm. The torque and power are higher by 30 percent when compared with a standard Honda Civic Type R.
Moreover, the MUGEN 2.2 stands for the ultimate expression of the Honda Civic Type R philosophy when paired to the range of motorsport-derived components the MUGEN exclusively manufactured such as a stunning performance bodykit, sports suspension and uprated brakes. It has been made as a fitting homage to the very successful Honda K20 2.0-literpetrol engine, production of which has been halted in Japan.
The K20 was homologated as an FIA Group N race series engine by MUGEN and has been the powerplant of choice for a long time with tuners and motorsports competitors wanting only the best in naturally aspirated performance. In addition, it has been at the center of everything that MUGEN Euro has attained since 2006, the time when the company was formed.
The company’s skilled engineers have manufactured or tuned almost 400 examples for rally and race competitors across the globe. Furthermore, the Honda K20 engine has powered the only two complete road vehicles that MUGEN has produced. These are the limited-edition Honda Civic Type R MUGEN sold in the UK and the Honda Civic MUGEN RR four-door saloon sold in Japan.
The current Honda Civic Type R is in its third generation, as offered in two distinct forms – one for the Japanese domestic market (FD2) and another for Europe (FN2). The Civic Type R FD2 for JDM comes as a four-door sedan, while the FN2 for Europe is offered only as a three-door hatchback.
The European market Honda Civic Type R employs a different chassis and internal layout compared to the JDM Civic Type R. It is powered by a version of the K20 engine that delivers 201 PS (148 kW) of max output at 7,800 rpm as well as 193 Nm (142 lb.-ft.) of peak torque at 5,600 rpm.