MUGEN 2.2 is the ultimate Civic Type R sendoff
MUGEN, should the capped-up company have passed you by, is Honda's semi-official tuner, based in Northamption. It exploded onto the scene last year with the 20-run MUGEN Civic Type R, notable for its £40,000 list price. Oh, and it's awesomeness, in a 'touring car to Tesco' sort of way.
Well, four of the 20 haven't sold yet, so MUGEN has unveiled a version with even more power in the hope of shifting them. The MUGEN 2.2 increases the 2.0-litre VTEC engine's displacement to 2.2-litres, endowing the car with 257bhp.
That's 20bhp more than the normal MUGEN, and 60bhp more than the standard Civic Type R, which was killed off recently on account of spitting out enough CO2 to choke half of Brussels.
MUGEN boss Hiro Toyoda confirmed as much, saying: "Environmental pressures mean naturally aspirated engines are rapidly being superseded by other engine architectures and technologies.
"We may never see the like of [this engine] 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".
MUGEN hasn't actually confirmed that it will transform the quartet of unsold cars into 2.2 versions, but says it "may offer them". It can convert any of the other 16 cars, too, though we're not told how much that will cost on top of the £40,000.
No performance stats either, but it shouldn't take any more than five seconds to hit 62mph.
To put the price of a MUGEN into perspective, the company reckons it actually costs around £60,000 in parts and labour to produce. The Type R's engine is stripped entirely and re-built by hand, and the car gets custom suspension, racing alloys, a new exhaust system and a full body kit.