When Honda released the 10th generation FK8 Civic Type R, it smashed records and lived up to the hype, finally bringing the performance Civic to markets all across the globe. The Type R is a front-wheel drive, turbocharged hatchback, and is incredibly fun to drive, setting benchmarks for other performance sedans to follow. Those looking to extract every ounce of performance from the car will find that the track is the place to do it, and the 306 hp turbocharged engine is a willing companion, proving more than enough for most drivers.
Of course, Mugen Motorsports (M-TEC) has decided that the Type R could do better. Known for creating performance parts and body kits for Honda, Mugen and Honda go hand in hand since 1973, and their latest project aims to elevate the Honda Civic Type R in performance and looks.
Called the Mugen RC20GT package, Mugen’s spin on the Honda CIvic Type R turns it into a carbon fiber clad tuned powerhouse. The carbon fiber aero kit consists of a heavily modified and lightweight front bumper, front lip spoiler, side skirts, rear wing, hood, and rear bumper. Plus, a new set of LED taillights also adorn the RC20GT. Mugen multi-spoke aluminum wheels also replace the stock set, then a set of higher performance 6-pot Brembo brakes are on all corners. A custom tuned Pro Spec Mugen suspension is also thrown in to further increase the handling capabilities of the Type R. The inside gets full bucket seats, a 4-point harness, custom steering wheel, and a few Mugen touches for floor mats and the shifter.
While horsepower and torque figures remain the same at 306 hp and 400 Nm of torque, the RC20GT does benefit from a custom tuned exhaust, performance air cleaner and airbox, and higher quality engine oil. Although the weight savings from all the carbon fiber should make this RC20GT faster than the factory Honda Civic Type R, we reckon.
It may look a little too boy-racer for some, but this version of the Type R proves that Mugen still has what it takes to make performance oriented versions of Honda’s greatest performance car yet.