DRIVEN: Honda Civic Type R Mugen Review
Here is Chungcuredep’s first drive review of the Honda Civic Type R Mugen edition.
What’s the Honda Civic Type R Mugen all About?
The Honda Civic Type R Mugen is a limited edition version of the already brilliant FN2 Honda Civic Type R.
The Mugen is powered by the same 2.0-litre i-VTEC engine as the Type R but has been tweaked to put out 240bhp meaning it will now do 0-60mph in 6.0 seconds and will do a top speed of 150mph. These performance figures are remarkable for a front wheel drive car.
Turning on the car you will notice the difference in exhaust note the moment it switches on, it sparks a moment of excitement in the driver as the car idles. Moving off in the Mugen Type R the car instantly feels a bit stiffer, and when you get it on an open road and hit the throttle you are well aware that you are in a super tuned Type R. Winding the car up to 6,200rpm is when the VTEC kicks in and you can hear the exhaust note change. With the VTEC engaged you can instantly feel the additional power pulling the car forward like a train.
What’s it like inside?
Inside there isn’t much different from the standard Type R, apart from a few small touches. There is a selection of additional gauges showing water temperature, engine oil temperature and engine oil pressure…not that you really need these gauges, but they do give you a sense that you are in a road going race car.
Most car enthusiasts love the standard Honda Civic Type R, as it is a great car. Honda took that great car and decided to harden it up a little and give it more power. And thankfully this did improve the experience.
The Honda Civic Type R Mugen edition will only be produced in a limited run of cars, which will go down in cult history. What Honda have done with the standard Type R front wheel drive and the i-VTEC engine would have been considered impossible years ago and has really led the market in hot hatch cars for the past few years, the Mugen edition is really the icing on the cake, it’s well rounded, highly exclusive and the most hard-core front wheel drive racer of its time.
Honda Civic Type R Mugen
- Price: £38,599
- Engine: 2.0-Litre i-VTEC
- Power: 240bhp
- Torque: 213Nm
- Transmission: 6 Speed Manual
- 0-62mph: 6.0 Seconds
- Top speed: 150mph
- Weight: 1,233kg
- Economy combined: 30mpg
Author: Paul Hadley