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Honda Malaysia today presented the Honda Civic Type R to His Majesty Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah. The hot hatch, which will serve as an escort car, is a gift in celebration of the king’s official birthday.

The company also handed over a Honda Civic 1.5T to be used as an escort car by Her Majesty Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah.

“At Honda, we are committed to offer products that are of high value and also advanced in technology to provide joy to our customers. On behalf of Honda Malaysia, I am truly honoured to present the Civic Type R to His Majesty The Yang di-Pertuan Agong for his daily use as an escort car. Adding to the celebration, I am also pleased to present another revolutionary Honda model, the Civic 1.5L Turbo to Her Majesty Raja Permaisuri Agong as an escort car,” said Honda Malaysia MD and CEO Toichi Ishiyama.

The FK8 Civic Type R was the front-wheel drive Nurburgring lap record holder when it was launched in 2017. The six-speed manual-only hot hatch is powered by a 2.0 litre VTEC Turbo engine pushing out 310 hp and 400 Nm of torque to the front axle.

We love the UK-made, aero-heavy RM330,002 white beast here at Driven, and believe it will serve the Agong’s escort team well. See how the Type R fares against hot hatch rivals Renault Megane RS and Volkswagen Golf R on road and track in the latest episode of Driven Web Series.