With Honda officially confirming that production in Japan of the K20 engine will cease, Honda enthusiasts will be wondering what the future has in store for them, particularly in terms of the venerable Type R. A glimmer of hope has come from Mugen Euro, who have unveiled a new take on the FN2 Civic Type R by stroking it to 2.2 litres. Last year 20 Mugen-tweaked CTRs were released in the UK, although no specific announcements have been made regarding this year's version which has 30% more power and torque over the standard model.
Hiro Toyoda, vice-president of MUGEN Euro, commented: "Environmental pressures mean naturally aspirated engines are rapidly being superseded by other engine architectures and technologies. We may never see the like of the K20 in a mainstream production car again, so felt it only fitting we mark the occasion with this special 2.2 version of the Honda Civic Type R".
- Charles Kha