Honda Malaysia today officially welcomed the all-new FL5 Civic Type R. Priced at RM399,900, the model is the most powerful car ever sold by Honda in Malaysia.
For the year 2023, only 19 units of the All-New Civic Type R are exclusively available for customers to purchase. Fans of the Civic Type R are assured that more units of the All-New Civic Type R will be coming in 2024.
On the exterior, the new Civic Type R has been given a functional front grille opening for airflow, a front fender outlet that reduces pressure in the wheel to allow air to flow smoothly to the sides, and a side sill garnish which enhances efficiency of air flow in front of the rear tire in the mainstream direction.
A redesigned rear aluminium spoiler and a new rear diffuser provides high stability, increases downforce and minimizes aerodynamic drag for superior performance. Other notable exterior features of the All-New Civic Type R include Matte Black exclusive 19-inch wheels, and exclusive Type R badges with red Honda logo on both the front grille and tailgate.
Under the hood of this All-New Civic Type R is the same 2.0L VTEC Turbo engine as before, producing 319PS and 420Nm of torque. Paired with it is the same six-speed manual gearbox as before, but the rev-matching system has been tweaked so you can drop from second gear to the first and not mess things up.
Thanks to the powertrain, the all-new Civic Type R goes from 0-100km/h in 5.5 seconds, offering a thrilling drive in four driving modes; Comfort, Sport, +R and Individual which is new and is customizable by the driver.
The cockpit of the All-New Civic Type R has been designed with the concept of Human Machine Interface (HMI) to focus on providing high visibility and better manoeuvrability, particularly under high-speed driving.
The overall theme of the interior is a combination of red and black colours, with red carpet flooring and red racing-inspired Type R sport seats to exude the feel of excitement when entering the cabin.
The front sport seats are upholstered in new material with a touch of red gradation for enhanced comfort and increased support. An aluminium centre console and shift knob gives an ultimate shift feel and added sportiness while a serialized Type R plate at the interior air-conditioning vent is a mark of ultimate exclusivity.
Another feature unique to the All-New Civic Type R and a first for Honda Malaysia is the Honda Log R application which is specially designed for this model for the driver to achieve significant improvements in lap times in a closed-course setting.
Honda Log R is embedded in the vehicle and gains exclusive access to the on-board computer and sensors to monitor a variety of performance parameters.
Other features included in the hot hatch are 9-inch Advanced Display Audio, Wireless Charger, Multi-angle Reverse Camera, Eight Airbags and Front and Rear Parking Sensors. The Honda CONNECT is also offered as standard along the Honda SENSING system with 8 advanced features.
That being said, the All-New Civic Type R is available only in the iconic Championship White colour for the Malaysian market. While only 19 units will be brought in this year, more will come next year onwards.