Mugen (means unlimited in Japanese) Motosports’ new “RC20GT Package Pre Production Model” (above) is described as the “ultimate Type R”, and a production version should soon be available for the Japanese market. It features a large rear spoiler, carbon-fiber hood, 21-spoke wheels, and custom graphics for the front doors / fenders. The front end has been entirely revamped with a massive grille opening and a lower bumper sporting vents as well as scoops. If you’re attending the Tokyo Auto Salon (Jan 11 – 13), you can also check out the standard Mugen Civic Type R body kit, which is a bit tamer, starting with its standard-looking front grille. Read more for a video and additional images.
In this Fifth Gear segment, Vicki pits the UK Honda Civic Type R (198hp) against its Japanese (225hp) counterpart. Find out which version comes out on top after the break. Click here for more pictures of the UK Type R.
Given the outstanding performance credentials of its predecessor, Honda saw little purpose in increasing engine output. The new Type R [UK] therefore continues to be powered by a naturally-aspirated 2.0 litre DOHC i-VTEC engine with similar output, but reworked for greater refinement and responsiveness thanks to a new balancer shaft and a drive-by-wire throttle