Japanese automakers have ascended the auto industry’s ladder to become some of the most popular and consumer friendly in the whole world.

Honda was the eighth largest auto-mobile manufacturer in the world behind General Motors, Volkswagen Group, Toyota, Hyundai Motor Group, Ford, Nissan, and PSA in 2011.

Hondas are very popular because they are reasonably priced, very durable, have excellent fuel efficiency and are very sport orientated. There is also a sub culture developed by the fans!

Honda Civic Type R Mugen (2010)

237HP / 0-60 mph in 6.0s

Let’s start with the engine, which is where most of the money goes – Mugen claims the engine is worth around £16k. There’s a revised air intake system, different cams, new pistons and a very complicated stainless steel exhaust. Together with a higher compression ratio power climbs from 198bhp at 7800rpm to 237bhp at 8300rpm, while the rev limit has also been raised 300 revolutions to a screaming 8600rpm. The torque output is also up, from 142lb ft at 5600rpm to 157lb ft at 6250rpm.When you put your foot down you’re treated to one of the best naturally aspirated engines around. There’s a real kick around 5500rpm where the VTEC system kicks in (and where all the power and torque gains are made), plus a harder-edge wail from the engine. The exhaust is also now completely without the awful resonance that blighted the concept, but in making the tweaks the production car has lost some of the former car’s waspish buzz and crazy top-end shriek A little of the aural drama has been gone, but it still sounds great, and it won’t make your ears bleed everyday.

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