Mugen Manages to Make the Civic Type R Even More Ridiculous

Sam McEachern
by Sam McEachern

The Tokyo Auto Salon is this week, which means a ton of ridiculous-looking vehicles from Japanese tuning companies have been unveiled.

Among the wildest things we’ve seen come out of Tokyo this week is the new Mugen Honda Civic Type R RC20 GT.

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The RC20 GT gives the Civic Type R an entirely new look that is somehow even more over-the-top than the stock car is. With a shocked-looking, open-mouthed fascia (a hallmark of Mugen creations..) a vented hood and a streamlined rear bumper and lower diffuser, Mugen says the RC20GT package has enhanced aerodynamics and cooling. Power upgrades are available as well, but Mugen didn’t provide any details on those.

The interior also gets some small upgrades in the way of a carbon accented steering wheel, a different shift knob and racing seats.

Mugen actually debuted a concept version of its the Civic Type R RC20 GT at last year’s Tokyo Motor Show, but the model pictured here represents the production model, the company says.

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A second Civic Type R, the white car in the gallery above, was presented at Mugen’s booth in Tokyo this week as well. Just a prototype for now, the tuned Civic Type features under-development performance parts that will eventually be sold through Mugen retailers.

So while you may think the Honda Civic Type R looks a bit absurd with its numerous fake vents, triple-tip exhaust and oversized rear wing, it looks restrained in comparison to what Japan’s tuners are doing to it.

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Sam McEachern
Sam McEachern

Sam McEachern holds a diploma in journalism from St. Clair College in Windsor, Ontario, and has been covering the automotive industry for over 5 years. He conducts reviews and writes AutoGuide's news content. He's a die-hard motorsports fan with a passion for performance cars of all sorts.

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