This is the Mugen RC20GT Civic Type R Concept, which is the famed Honda tuner’s take on the FK8 Civic Type R. Shown at the just-concluded 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon, the Mugen RC20GT wears a shocking face that even its biggest fans can’t say it looks good.

Not much about the car’s mechanical mods are known, but word is that Mugen made changes to the 2.0 litre VTEC Turbo engine’s intake and cooling. There are also 20-inch forged aluminium wheels and monoblock brake calipers. Possibly some aero work as well, as Mugen has altered the hot Civic’s rear spoiler and diffuser. The stock car’s distinctive triple exhaust tips have been swapped for a single outlet.

The Audi-style grille is accompanied by front and rear bumpers that are very sharp edged, which may not fit perfectly (looks wise) with this Civic’s gentle curves. The bonnet is heavily vented on top and side surfaces and there are body stripes in Mugen’s famous colours.

Look inside and it’s clear that Mugen was trying to create a race car out of the latest CTR. There’s a rollcage and Recaro race seats, while the dashboard has been stripped of things unnecessary for racing. It includes the rear seats, which have been replaced by thinly padded shells with hand grips.

Up front, there are mock up screens and vents, along with an F1-style steering wheel on the rejigged cockpit. It looks crude and frankly, terrible.

The FK8R is officially sold in Malaysia for RM320k. Here, it makes 310 PS and 400 Nm of torque, which is good for 0-100 km/h in 5.7 seconds and a 272 km/h top speed. It’s currently the world’s fastest FWD car on the Nurburgring with a time of 7.43.8. Read our test drive report.