Honda Malaysia (HM) has just unveiled the FK8 Honda Civic Type R in Malaysia, where it costs RM320,000 on-the-road without insurance. Some might think that’s pretty steep, but the mega hatch is CBU imported from the United Kingdom, and forex has not been on our side for some time now.

Our bet is that HM will sell whatever they have, whether the sticker reads RM280k or RM320k. The company has revealed that it has 60 bookings on hand until today. It has plans to deliver the FK8R to all these early birds by January 2018, and 30 to 40 of them can look forward to receiving their Championship White knights by the end of the year.

HM’s sales target for the new Civic Type R is 100 units per year, and the size of its initial order is 150 units, as revealed by Shugo Watanabe, HM’s executive coordinator, who added that the company expects high demand at the start before things taper off, as is normal for new products.

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To recap, the FK8 Civic Type R is an all-new model based on the latest global Civic platform. It’s powered by a 2.0 litre turbocharged VTEC engine with 310 PS at 6,500 rpm and 400 Nm of torque from 2,500 to 4,500 rpm. A six-speed manual gearbox transfers drive to the front wheels. The CTR’s claim to fame is that it’s the fastest front-wheel drive car on the Nurburgring with a time of seven minutes and 43.8 seconds.

All of HM’s cars come with a five-year unlimited mileage warranty, and the Civic Type R is no exception despite its performance. The service interval is 10,000 km, and the car can be serviced at the same 20 ‘Honda Sport Dealers’ nationwide that are authorised to sell the model.

“No more proving cars at Tsukuba, but setting records on the world’s most demanding track. Riding well on Europe’s cobbled roads and the autobahn, because that’s now its habitat. Twenty five years after the debut of the performance badge, the Civic Type R is now truly global in reach and ambition,” we said of the FK8R after driving it. Full review here.