The Mugen RC20GT Civic Type R concept arrived at this year’s Tokyo Auto Salon following its initial showing at last year’s show, with its very imposing looks appearing to be carried over mostly intact. Here dubbed the Mugen RC20GT Package Pre Production Model, it may enter production to go on sale in its home market; great news for those whom the Mugen Honda Civic Type R FK8 Prototype is a touch mild.

Much of the Mugen’s bodykit has been carried over for this iteration, not least the massive, Audi-aping front grille, while the generously vented bonnet is fashioned from carbon-fibre, as is the front bumper with large dive planes. Along its sides, the Mugen trades the tri-coloured stripes from last year for a stylised cartoon character.

Fancy more wing? The rear aerofoil on the Mugen RC20GT concept continues to feature the carbon-fibre unit from last year’s car, which is adjustable for angle of attack and therefore, downforce. Meanwhile, rolling stock continues to be the 20-inch multi-spoked forged items, where a set of larger front brakes by Brembo with six-piston calipers take residence.

Sadly the show car was sealed off and therefore its interior could not be clearly seen, though video footage on the sidelines depicted a conventional steering wheel from the ‘standard’ Civic Type R in place of squared-off, racing-inspired tiller on last year’s concept.

Engine output and performance figures remain an enigma with the Mugen Civie RC20GT, though the car’s powerplant has been given an improved cooling system which in turn yields more power, according to the famed tuning firm. In standard guise, the FK8 Civic Type R produces 320 PS and 400 Nm of torque from its 2.0 litre K20C1 turbocharged four-cylinder engine, paired with a six-speed manual driving the front wheels.

GALLERY Mugen Honda Civic Type R FK8 Prototype