Honda Malaysia (HM) put up an image of the Honda Civic Type R on its Facebook page last week, pointing out that the new turbocharged hot hatch is featured in its With Dreams customer newsletter. Not the latest Vol 36 September issue, but the previous edition, which had a two-page spread highlighting the main features of the latest CTR.

Nowhere was it mentioned that the Type R is coming, but the fact that HM chose to feature the hot hatch in the newsletter and recently reminded the public about it could be a faint hint that there are plans to introduce the hot Civic in Malaysia. Should that come true, it won’t be the first Civic Type R officially sold in Malaysia – HM brought in the FD2R back in 2007 – so there’s precedent. We think it’s possible.

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The latest Civic Type R made its much-anticpated debut at this year’s Geneva show in March. The “race car for the road” is capable of lapping the Nurburgring in just 7:50.63, thanks to a new 2.0 litre turbocharged VTEC engine with 310 PS at 6,500 rpm and 400 Nm from 2,500 to 4,500 rpm. Power goes to the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox and LSD. 0-100 km/h in 5.7 seconds, top speed 269 km/h.

There’s also a +R button that when pressed, kills the Idle Stop system, provides more torque lower down, reduces electric power steering assistance, stiffens the adaptive dampers by 30% and loosens the Vehicle Stability Assist safety net.

Hardcore looks, hardcore performance. Should it come to Malaysia, the Civic Type R will be the king hot hatch in town, unless Ford decides to also bring in the new Focus RS. The third-gen blue monster is now AWD and has even more devastating performance – 350 PS, 440 Nm, 4.7 seconds, 266 km/h. This is a war that many want to see happen.

Honda Civic Type R debut in Geneva