The 2017 Honda Civic Type R is now in Malaysia, being previewed at the Formula 1 Malaysian Grand Prix at the Sepang International Circuit. Honda Malaysia (HM) has confirmed that the hot hatch will be launched in our market, and has opened order books for the fastest front-wheel-drive car on the Nurburgring (it lapped Green Hell in 7 minutes 43.80 seconds).

The arrival of the FK8 Honda Civic Type R is not a surprise. The car was recently spotted on a trailer in Malaysia, and we have driven the car at its international media drive programme earlier this year. HM also has a history of bringing in the Civic Type R – Malaysia was the only market outside of Japan to officially get the previous-generation FD2 Civic Type R.

The FK8R is powered by a 2.0 litre VTEC Turbo engine with 310 PS and 400 Nm of torque. That’s 10 PS less than the European-spec CTR we drove in Germany, but still plenty of ponies and a big jump from the FD2R. Enthusiasts will be happy to know that the sole gearbox choice is a good ol’ six-speed manual.

Aside from the European version, the UK-spec model also gets 320 PS, but the CTR for North America, Australia and the rest of the world, including us, has 310 PS.

There’s a reason for the difference in output, as explained by Hideki Kakinuma, the assistant large project leader for the Civic Type R. He told paultan.org during the Indonesian CTR launch at the Gaikindo Indonesian International Auto Show in August that the detuning is due to fuel quality considerations in non-Euro/UK markets.

There are three drive modes that also control the adaptive dampers – Comfort, Sport and +R. Also in a trio are the distinctive central exhaust pipes, which serve a purpose and is not merely for show. Ditto the extravagant body styling, which serve aero and cooling purposes. There’s real downforce generated, not just zero lift.

The new Civic Type R is imported from Honda’s Swindon plant in the UK, and its engine is produced in the US. It won’t come cheap of course, and no indicative price has been given, but we’re pretty sure HM will sell whatever limited allocation they have. The car will be on display at SIC’s mall area from today till Sunday, if you want to have a closer look at it. We only have one colour option, and that’s Championship White.

Order books will be open from October 1 at 21 selected “Honda Sport Dealers”, appointed authorised dealers that will sell and service the hot hatch in Malaysia (full list below). What’s the new Civic Type R like to drive? It’s supremely capable, but slightly different from the traditional Type R experience – read our full review.

GALLERY: FK8 Honda Civic Type R in Germany