2009 Mugen Honda Civic Type-R

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The potent Civic Type-R has received an aggressive overhaul from Honda's in-house tuning division Mugen, destined for the UK market.

Inspired by the Japan-only Civic Mugen RR sedan, the new hatch boasts a wild aero kit, uprated engine, a few suspension tweaks and some racing goodies for the interior.

From the outside it is obvious that this is no normal Type-R with plenty of vents and flares, huge exhausts and an oversized wing to put a grin on any boy-racers face.

2009 Mugen Honda Civic Type-R

Exact details on changes to the engine are scarce, although it is likely to feature similar modifications to its Mugen RR sedan sibling - meaning around 179kW at 8,000rpm from the 2.0-litre VTEC powerplant.

Inside it should gain a pair of Recaro pews along with the obligatory Mugen branding.

2009 Mugen Honda Civic Type-R

It should also handle a lot better, with a limited slip differential as standard (as featured on all 2009 Civic Type-R models), wider tyres and sports tuned suspension.

The Mugen Civic Type-R will remain a UK-only model so it is unlikely we will see it in local showrooms any time soon.