Honda has announced that it will build a prototype for an even more extreme version of its Civic Type R hot hatch.
The Civic Type R 'Mugen' concept car will use many of the same tweaks as the Civic MUGEN RR saloon, which was launched in 2007 in Japan.
A prototype is being developed in Japan by Mugen Euro – the Northampton-based subsidiary of Honda’s tuning partner Mugen – and will be brought to the UK for testing later this year.
It will use a highly-tuned version of the Civic Type R’s 2.0-litre petrol engine that will raise power from 198- to around 260bhp. There will also be upgrades to the brakes, exhaust and suspension.
The concept car will look more aggressive, thanks to a beefier bodykit and a larger rear boot spoiler.
‘In standard trim, the Civic Type R is a thrilling machine to drive,’ said Hiro Toyoda, Vice President of Mugen Euro. ‘It is a fantastic base model from which we hope to develop one of the quickest point to point front-wheel-drive road cars in the country.’
Honda says that there are currently no plans for a production model.
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