Honda Civic Type R MUGEN 2.2 Revealed

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With only a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter engine at it’s disposal, the Honda Civic Type R never got to shine in the hothatch market like rivals from Ford and Renault. However, that hasn’t stopped in-house specialists MUGEN from trying to make it better and better.
By now, you’ll all have heard of the radical car they’ve come up with, but just before the unveiling of a new generation Civic in Frankfurt, they’ve pulled a rabbit out of their hat and brought a bigger engine for the Type R.

The Civic Type R MUGEN 2.2 is the work of Northampton-based MUGEN Euro, who have worked their fingers to the bone to rebore the 2.0-liter for a 10 percent increase in cubic capacity.

We won’t try to bore you with the details, so here’s the good part of this car: it now has a full 260 horsepower instead of the usual 240 that limited production MUGENs have. This also make the regular Type R look positively boring with 30 percent less power. We think this unit needs to go in the S2000... and fast.

“Environmental pressures mean naturally aspirated engines are rapidly being superseded by other engine architectures and technologies.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,” said Hiro Toyoda, vice-president of MUGEN Euro.

Production plans have not been decided upon, but MUGEN might invite current owners to have their engines reworked.
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