2011 Honda Civic Type R Mugen 2.2 gets more power

Article by Christian A., on September 9, 2011

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.

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EVEN MORE MUGEN POWER FOR HONDA CIVIC TYPE R

The Honda Civic Type R MUGEN debuted in 2010 to near-universal acclaim, and a 20-strong limited edition production run of the hand-built, motorsport-derived machines went on sale to UK enthusiasts.

Now technicians at Northampton-based MUGEN Euro have worked their magic again, producing a unique version with even more power and torque.

The cylinder bore and stroke have been increased to create an overall capacity of 2,156cc, so the car has been christened the Honda Civic Type R MUGEN 2.2.

The result of the change is a boost in engine output from 240 to 260PS, and additional torque is available throughout the rev range. Peak torque is now 240Nm at 6,000rpm. Compared to a standard Honda Civic Type R, both power and torque are up 30 per cent.

When coupled to the host of motorsport-derived components created exclusively by MUGEN – including sports suspension, uprated brakes and a stunning performance bodykit – the MUGEN 2.2 represents the ultimate expression of the Honda Civic Type R philosophy.

It has been created as a fitting tribute to the highly successful Honda K20 2.0-litre petrol engine, which has ceased production in Japan. Homologated by MUGEN as an FIA Group N race series engine, the K20 has long been the powerplant of choice with tuners and motorsports competitors who want the very best in naturally aspirated performance.

Moreover, it has been at the very heart of everything MUGEN Euro has achieved since the company was formed in 2006. Its skilled engineers have built or tuned almost 400 examples for race and rally competitors around the world.

The Honda K20 engine has also powered the only two complete road cars produced by MUGEN; the Honda Civic MUGEN RR four-door saloon sold in Japan, plus the limited Honda Civic Type R MUGEN sold in the UK.

Hiro Toyoda, vice-president of MUGEN Euro, commented: “Environmental pressures mean naturally aspirated engines are rapidly being superseded by other engine architectures and technologies. We may never see the like of the K20 in a mainstream production car again, so felt it only fitting we mark the occasion with this special 2.2 version of the Honda Civic Type R”.

Plans for the 2.2 car have yet to be finalised. Of the 20 limited edition 2.0-litre cars launched in 2010, four remain unsold and it’s possible MUGEN Euro may offer them with the reworked engine. Existing owners could also be invited to return their cars for an upgrade. A decision on these two proposals is expected to be made shortly.

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