Japanese performance brand Mugen took an ugly Honda Civic Type R and managed to make it uglier with this Mugen RC20GT Civic Type R
Apart from the fact that it’s acclaimed pretty much universally as a spectacular hot hatchback, opinions on the styling of the latest Honda Civic Type R vary greatly.
Within the Motormouth camp, we’re on the negative side of the fence – the Japanese hot-hatch is a practical example of overdesign with tacked-on body kit appendages everywhere.
All that ugliness obviously worked for Honda anyway, as the Civic Type R has been breaking front-wheel drive records all over the place, including Hungaroring, Silverstone, Estoril, Mangy Cours, Spa Francorchamps, and the Nürburgring Nordschleife with a lap time of 7:43.8.
That’s quite special, considering mid-engined exotics were lapping in that range not that long ago, supercars like the old Pagani Zonda S and Lamborghini Murciélago SV. The Honda tuners at Mugen reckon they can do better though, and the resultant RC20G Type R looks like it’s wearing samurai armour.
It’s all meant to lower the kerb weight actually because Mugen left the engine alone, so it’s 316 horsepower and 400Nm of torque. The body kit pieces are made of carbon fibre, and the new exhaust is titanium, plus there are lighter 20-inch forged wheels. To go with that Mugen has specced up the suspension for track use, so this RC20Gt isn’t just a looker. Which it wasn’t to begin with.