Over in Australia, pricing and specifications for the 2018 Honda Civic Type R have been announced ahead of the hot hatch’s arrival there in October. The fifth-generation Civic Type R will go on sale in Australia in a single specification, priced at AU$50,990 (RM168,145).

The pricing puts the UK-built vehicle smack right in Volkswagen Golf R and Ford Focus RS territory – and just under that of the Mercedes-AMG A 45 – in that market.

The 1,393 kg Type R is powered by a 2.0 litre VTEC Turbo engine, which is paired with a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission with rev-matching function. For Australia, the mill will offer 306 hp at 6,500 rpm and 400 Nm between 2,500-4,500 rpm, running on RON 95 petrol. The power output is slightly lower than that quoted for the UK-spec car, which is 316 hp (or 320 PS).

Standard equipment for the car, which rides on 20-inch Berlina black alloy wheels wrapped with 245/30 Continental SportContact 6 rubbers, includes adaptive dampers with three driving modes (Comfort, Sport and R+), a Brembo brake package with 350 mm ventilated and drilled front and 305 mm solid rear discs as well as a unique Type R serial plate number.

The Australian-spec model will come equipped with LaneWatch as well as a Honda Sensing safety suite, and mod cons include an Advanced Display Audio system with a seven-inch touchscreen and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto support as well as smart entry with push button start.

The car will be available in five exterior colour options – Championship White, Rally Red, Brilliant Sporty Blue and two pearlescent shades, Crystal Black and Sonic Grey.

Response for this one has been strong since the order books for the car opened in May – Honda Australia says that it currently has 250 orders and more than 5,000 registrations of interest for the Type R.

Closer to home, the King of the ‘Ring has been rumoured to be a possibility for these shores, as one of the six models Honda Malaysia is slated to launch this year. If it does happen, the car won’t be a cheap proposition, if the Australian pricing is any indication.