When did Hondas become so expensive?
Every JDM fanboy will tell you that the Honda Civic Type R is the best front-wheel-drive hot hatch ever produced, and we'd have to agree. Over the years, Honda has time and again managed to transform its humble Civic hatchback and sedan into a scintillating performance car that is ranked amongst the best handling vehicles in the world. These cars have built up a massive following, and older models have become highly collectible, with some examples reaching ridiculous prices. UK fans are also smitten with the Type R: this limited edition 2007 Mugen RR is currently listed for £89,990 ($127,714) via Torque GT.
The Mugen RR is based on the FD2 Civic, which is considered to be one of the most accomplished Type Rs ever produced, but the fact that only 300 of these special machines were ever built has increased its collectors status tenfold. This example features Honda's legendary 2.0-liter K-Series Vtec engine that has been modified to produce 243 horsepower at 8,000 rpm and 160 lb-ft at 7,000 rpm thanks to a new set of camshafts, a ram intake, 4-2-1 headers, stiffer valve springs, and a free-flowing exhaust system.
Not only is the engine more powerful, but the Honda Tuning legends over at Mugen also added some trick chassis and body mods, including a lightweight carbon-fiber front bumper, aluminum hood, classic Milano Red paint job, and a carbon-fiber rear wing. The chassis features five-way adjustable suspension bolted to 18-inch Mugen wheels and wrapped in Bridgestone tires, slotted brake rotors and a limited-slip differential. The interior of the RR features Recaro bucket seats, a custom shift knob and a Mugen-specific cluster. This example is offered with the original Mugen RR owner's wallet and Japanese service history. Yes, it's a $120k Honda Civic. And yes, we would buy it in a heartbeat.