Mugen's Honda Civic Type-R

First official pictures of Honda's Megane R26.R rivalling Civic Type-R hot hatch

The first pictures of Honda’s Mugen-tuned Civic Type-R hot hatch have been released. We heard rumours of the more hardcore Honda a few weeks ago, and these official pictures back them up quite nicely.

While there’s still no specific details regarding mechanical tweaks, a tuned version of the stock hot hatch’s 2-litre VTEC petrol engine is set to boast 237bhp and 160lb ft of torque, respective rises of 39bhp and 18lb ft.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to have every issue of evo delivered straight to you. You'll SAVE 39% on the shop price, and get evo for its original cover price for a whole year!

There’s set to be stiffened suspension while the upgraded Brembo brakes from the rather fantastic Mugen RR should hopefully be housed behind the new alloys. That’s a car we drove last year and were left hugely impressed by, and until the Renaultsport Megane R26.R came along it was the quickest front-driven car we’d tested around the Bedford Autodrome.

Renault’s hot hatch hero is the natural rival to Mugen’s Civic, and as a result expect the Type-R to boast a stripped-out interior and some trick trackday tyres. The tweaks are set to be offered in stages or all in one go, too, as well as retro-fit to existing Civic Type-Rs. Probably good news when you consider the projected £35,000+ price tag for a full-on Mugen Civic.

Advertisement - Article continues below

Most Popular

BMW 4 Series

2020 BMW 4-series revealed – new coupe range topped by 369bhp M440i

The new 4-series Coupe is bigger, faster and sportier, but that’s not what people are talking about
2 Jun 2020

The best four-cylinder engines ever

We've gathered a selection of our very favourite four-pots ever produced
27 May 2020
Porsche 911 Targa

2020 Porsche 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design edition revealed

Porsche reveals new 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design edition chock-full of retro touches
1 Jun 2020

C8 Chevrolet Corvette UK prices and specifications revealed

Chevrolet’s new mid-engined C8 Corvette is an American supercar for less
3 Jun 2020