Just days before the debut of the 2012 Honda Civic Euro-spec, the Japanese automaker has given one of the most popular hatchbacks an extra dose of Mugen power. The Honda Civic Type R Mugen debuted last year to huge acclaim, and a only 20 limited edition production run of the hand-built model went on sale in UK enthusiasts.
Engineers at the Northampton-based Mugen Euro have now worked their magic and have extracted more power out of the 2.156cc engine. Known as the Honda Civic Type R Mugen 2.2, the special-edition model produces an extra 20-hp for a total of 256-hp with a peak torque of 177 lb-ft at 6,000 rpm. When compared to a standard Honda Civic Type R, both power and torque are up 30 increased by 30%.
Mugen and Honda will also offer an upgraded sports suspension, uprated brakes and a performance bodykit.
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How many will be made? Apparently, plans for the Honda Civic Type R Mugen 2.2 still have to be finalized. Of the 20 limited edition 2.0 liter units launched in 2010, four remain unsold. Mugen Euro may offer those four in Type R Mugen 2.2-sepc. The company is also considering letter existing owners to return their cars for an upgrade. A decision on these two options is expected to be made shortly.
– By: Omar Rana