Take one stock GD8 Honda City and add or replace :
- Mugen Bonnet Molding Cover
- Mugen Front Under Spoiler
- Mugen Side Spoiler
- Mugen Rear Under Spoiler
- Mugen Ventilated Visor
- Mugen Sports Silencer
- Mugen Sports Pedal
- Mugen Oil Filler Cap
- Mugen MF10L Forged Wheel (15")
- Mugen Wheel Nuts & Lock Set
- Trunk Spoiler
- Bridgestone Potenza S-03 (195/50R15)
- Eibach Pro-Kit
- Full Leather Upholstery
I made a special trip to the 1 Utama shopping mall over the Formula-1
weekend to do a photo-shoot of Honda Malaysia's Sports-Concept 'Honda-Mugen City'.
As is typical of their usual great courtesy, one of Honda Malaysia's marketing staff met me
there in order to explain the finer details of their project to me. One thing that really amazed
was that the Honda Malaysia people actually had a very short time to put together this car as the
project was only conceived barely weeks before the F1 Roadshow. In the end, it took them a little
more than 2 weeks to get the car ready, eventhough missing the first 2 roadshows in Johor Bahru and
the Sunway Pyramid shopping mall, but still making it just in time for the final F1 Roadshow
at the 1 Utama shopping mall.
For those who are
unable to make the trip to check out the car up-close then, and even for those who did make
the trip, I hope this special presentation of the Honda-Mugen City will give you a special
appreciation of the attention and effort that Honda Malaysia made in putting this car
together. Stay tuned, for up next would be my test-drive review of the car !
The modifications to make up the Honda-Mugen City are listed on the table
on the right. 'A picture paints a thousand words' and so goes the saying. But I think
complementing the photos with narratives when appropriate will tell an even better
story. So I will augment the photos below with my own observations as well as the explanations
from Honda Malaysia where appropriate. Enjoy !
Note : for each photo, click on it to download the SVGA sized main
photo. I need to warn readers that the average size of each SVGA main photo exceeds 100k
Presented here are various angles of the 'Honda-Mugen City' showing off its new
more substantial and more sporty looks.
Feature photo :
The photo above is perhaps the most important one, a shot of what is argueably the
'uglist' angle of the City. The Mugen treatment helps to 'beautify' it.
Close-up looks at the components of the original Mugen bodykit : the front &
rear lip ('under spoilers'), the side skirt, and bonnet 'molding cover'. The molding
cover fits over the chrome fitting on top of the front grille. The original
City grill is used instead of the Mugen grill in order to retain the identify of
the car as a Honda Sports-Concept.
The Mugen bodykit is made of relatively thin but tough vacumn-formed plastic. As would be
expected from Mugen, fitment of the bodykit does not involve any drilling or cutting into
the car's body. Additional thoughtful features include colour-matched dark-grey/black
rubber strips to seal the gap between the bodykit and the car body. The front lip actually
has special mouldings which can be coverted into inlets for brake cooling ducts !
The Honda-Mugen City is fitted with a Mugen muffler complete with a brushed
stainless steel tail-pipe. This is a complete muffler replacement that hooks up to the
end of the exhaust mid-section. The diameter of the tail-pipe is 89.1mm.
The prized Mugen MF-10L rims used with 195/60/15 Bridgestone Potenza
SO-3s. The 'L' suffix for the rims signifies 'Lightened' and the rims are supposed
to be one of the lightest alloys around outside of magnesium rims.
Eibach Pro-Kits are fitted to the stock absorbers to give the car a lowered look
and to improve handling as well. The Pro-Kits are Honda Jazz/Fit items but according to
Honda Malaysia, they were told by Eibach they will work fine with the
City as well.
The Honda-Mugen City features a full leathered interior.
Natural leather, biege in colour and in an embossed 'waffle design' pattern is used
to replace all the fabric sections in the interior. I asked about the rationale for retaining
the controversial beige colour for the leather. Apparently Honda Malaysia tried using a
dark-brown colour similar to the dashboard but they feel it doesn't match well with the
rest of the interior so they decided to go with beige.
No concept cars will be complete without the proper accessories. The Honda-Mugen City
is fitted with the following accessories :
Mugen aluminium pedals (brake and throttle pedal)
original Mugen oil filler cap
Mugen wheel nuts and lock-set
The lock-set is needed to prevent those much sought after MF10Ls from
being stolen. The Mugen rims does not come with a center cap. Indeed it doesn't even come
with a groove to allow fitment of a center cap (not even the stock ones). So Honda Malaysia
had the exposed hub center sprayed black in colour to match the Mugen nuts & lock set.
A good attention to detail by the Honda Malaysia team here.
Rear Boot/Trunk Spoiler
The rear boot/trunk spoiler is a non Mugen item, made locally. Mugen actually don't
have a boot/trunk spoiler for the Fit-Aria/City in its catalogue ! The spoiler features
the third brake light which is mandatory by law in Malaysia and bolts to the boot/trunk lid at
both ends using philips screws.
This spoiler is moulded from lightweight plastic, not fibreglass, and great attention was
paid to dimensional accuracy - that the spoiler fits nicely to the lid - as well as production
quality - no waves, ripples or surface imperfections are noticeable. One thing about having a
project car in black - any defects will be very clearly obvious !
The stock City doesn't come with a boot/trunk spoiler so adding one will increase the
total weight of the lid, making it heavier and harder to lift.
Honda Malaysia had custom-made, larger diameter replacement torsion bars for the
lid which counters the extra weight of the spoiler. These new torsion bars are so strong
that even with the spoiler on, the lid will pop up when the release lever is pulled.
Further attention to fine details includes the provision of proper wiring - insulated
wiring extension with the correct socket to plug into the existing harness on the right hand
side tail-light and foam and cable ties to hold the extension in place.
The Mugen door visors are special aerodynamic designs, to promote smoother air-flow over
them. An unusual feature are the seals for the front doors that contacts the window glass
and seals off the bottom of the visor. Both front and rear visor are designed as a pair to
complement the aerodynamic air-flow over them as a set. Of course the 'Mugen' logo is moulded
onto the visor.
Main fitment is via strong double sided tape which seals the visor solidly to
the door frame eliminating any gaps. There are also two extra mount brackets, one of which
can just be seen in the photo on the left which clips into the window frame and additionally
helps secure the visors solidly to the door.