October 10, 2008

Tochigi Battle: Mugen Civic RR v Civic R

Partly out of my own desire to escape the onslaught of grim financial news for the entire industry, tonight's post is just a simple burst of pure automotive escapism.

The video pick is an informal showdown between two tuned Hondas: an FA5 Civic Type R and the limited-production FA5 Mugen Civic RR.

Both are powered by modified K20Cs. The Civic R's 2.0 liter inline four is rated at 225 hp at 8,000 rpm and 158 pound-feet of torque at 6,100 rpm. The Mugen RR's 2.2 liter mill spins out 12 more horsepower and a smidge more torque -- all courtesy of the RR's ram-air intake, larger cold air box, high-lift intake and exhaust camshafts, stiffer valve springs, a 4-2-1 exhaust manifold, a low-restriction catalyst and dual exhaust.

The testing regimen isn't particularly scientific, but for acolytes of the Honda brand and import enthusiasts alike, it's entertaining to watch two professional hotshoes square off on the track.

Enjoy the weekend.

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