After much speculation Honda has confirmed that Mugen Euro Co. is developing a much more hardcore Civic Type-R prototype specifically for evaluation for the UK market.
It's possibly the worst kept secret on the web, but nevertheless a Mugen-tuned Type R is still a tantalising prospect. Honda claim that there are no production plans for the car but the images suggest it's almost fully signed-off, at least for a limited production run.
The car is being run on the same powertrain as the 2007 Civic MUGEN RR from Japan but will have its power and torque increased. That model had 240hp (177kW), was 10kg lighter than the standard model and was limited to only 300 units.
Mugen will liberate more power and torque from the 2-litre iVTEC engine and also focus on improving the chassis with much stiffer track-orientated suspension to work together with the limited-slip differential as fitted to the 'Championship White' Type R.
"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."