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The type R is dead? ..... long live the Mugen
I thought I would post this on the off chance that I am correct and someone can link back to this in a year or so time!
As we all know it looks like the K20 or a N/A high revving vtec engine won't be making an appearance in the 9th gen civic due to EU regs.
So will Honda release a 9th gen type R? Well maybe, but it won't be like any previous type R .... this may be a marketing issue for the Honda core (or hardcore) customer base.
What about doing something similar to what's happened with the CRZ ...... Honda have teamed up with Mugen to produce the CRZ ICF. So we have a 1.5 hybrid with Mugen supercharger and ECU tweaks delivering near type R performance. As its badged Mugen their is no 'shock - horror - its not N/A - its not vtec' comments you would get if it had the type R badge.
So why not do this with the 9th gen civic? I know that Mugen have developed with Honda a 1.6 turbo engine for WTCC.
Could they develop a Mugen performance civic with Mugen supercharger or turbocharger, Mugen ECU, etc?
Mugen has a strong performance brand similar to the type R brand so it could work.
What do you guys think??
I suppose only time will tell ...... will this post ever be linked back in the future???