Looking at the front of Mugen’s latest creation, it’s hard to spot the Honda Civic Type R. What we do see is a grill that’s oddly reminiscent of an Audi.
On the other hand, the Mugen Honda Civic Type R doesn’t look too bad, it just doesn’t look at all like the car on which it’s based. Called the RC20GT, it improves the Type R’s performance and certainly considerably modifies its exterior design.
Mugen replaced a lot of things on the Civic Type R including the front grill, the hood, the wing and the rear bumper. That’s not the first thing you notice when looking at the back of the car, however. What stands out is the single, almost sad-looking exhaust tip that replaces the stock three-tip Type R exhaust.
The latter is one of the most distinctive part of the Civic Type R and Mugen took it out. That said, that single exhaust outlet is connected to a full titanium exhaust and we’re sure it sounds better than the Civic Type R.
Other improvements include 20-inch wheels that look very nice, new brakes and bucket seats that allow the addition of harnesses. There’s also an adjustable suspension. What hasn’t changed is the Civic Type R’s turbocharged four-cylinder which still develops 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque in the Mugen version.
The Civic Type R is front-wheel drive, we can’t forget that. Therefore you wouldn’t want to add too much power so Mugen did a smart thing to leave it as is.
If you happen to fall in love with the Mugen RC20GT Civic Type R, you’re not in luck. There’s very little chance you’ll be able to get one in North America. You can, however, bring a picture of the car to your local tuning shop and ask them to do something similar… If you like how the car looks.