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American Honda will bring an ultra-premium
Civic MUGEN Si Sedan in mid-October
The Civic MUGEN Si Sedan is equipped
with a high-performance suspension, forged aluminum wheels,
aerodynamic body styling and a sport-tuned exhaust system.
"Honda enthusiasts have long been
asking for factory-installed MUGEN performance products similar
to what the company offers in Japan," said John Mendel,
executive vice president of American Honda. "We're enthusiasts,
too, and the ultra-premium Civic MUGEN Si Sedan offers exclusive
style and elevated handling performance with legendary Honda
The track-tuned suspension, tested at the Twin
Ring Motegi racing circuit in Japan, lowers the vehicle by 0.6 inches
with aggressive spring and damper tuning for enhanced handling
performance while still maintaining a high level of ride comfort.
Compared to the conventional Civic Si Sedan, front and rear damping
force (both bump and rebound) was increased between 8- and 24-percent.
Lightweight 16.98-pound 18x7.5-inch forged aluminum wheels (27 percent
lighter than the stock 17x7 alloy wheel) and high-grip BFGoodrich®
g-Force KDW 215/40ZR18 summer tires help to create MUGEN's unique,
rewarding and well-balanced handling performance character.
The full-vehicle aero-package adds a front
spoiler with a sports grille, side spoilers, a rear bumper diffuser and
a rear wing. The sport exhaust system reduces back pressure from the
catalytic converter back. The Civic MUGEN Si Sedan will be available
exclusively in Fiji Blue Pearl and include front and rear MUGEN emblems.
Inside, a MUGEN Limited Edition placard is located on the center console
along with a spherical 50 mm MUGEN aluminum shift knob.
The name MUGEN symbolizes Honda performance
throughout Asia and around the globe. MUGEN, under license by M-TEC Co.,
Ltd., of Japan, has been closely associated with Honda for more than
three decades in the design and manufacture of racing and premium
aftermarket performance products.
The limited-production vehicle (maximum of
1,000 units for the 2008 model year) will have a retail price of less
than $30,000 when it goes on sale and include a full factory warranty. A
prototype of the Honda Civic MUGEN Si was shown at the Specialty
Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in fall 2006.
July 23, 2007