Published on September 12th, 2019 | by Subhash Nair


Honda Civic Type-R is the Escort Car for our Agong

By now, you may have already seen the photos on social media, and yes it’s true. Our Yang di-Pertuan Agong now has an awesome Honda Civic Type R. Here’s the full story from Honda.

Press Release

Honda Malaysia (or the Company) today presented the Civic Type R to His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda The Yang di-Pertuan Agong XVI Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Musta’in Billah as a gift in celebration of His Majesty The Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s official birthday at a handover ceremony held at Istana Negara. Being the most powerful Honda model sold in Malaysia currently, the Civic Type R which was crowned ‘Champion of Champions’ in year 2017 is an ideal fit as an escort car for the Malaysian King.

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Honda Malaysia, Mr. Toichi Ishiyama expressed at the ceremony, “At Honda, we are committed to offer products that are of high value and also advanced in technology to provide joy to our customers.

The Civic Type R was the model which claimed the title of ‘World’s Fastest Front-Wheel-Drive’ production car at Germany’s legendary Nurburgring race track when it was first introduced in 2017. This model is not only ideal to drive on track but also on the road as a daily commute car. 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 VTEC Turbocharged Premium to Her Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda The Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah Binti Almarhum Al-Mutawakkil Alallah Sultan Iskandar Al-Haj as an escort car.”

The Civic Type R is a global model that not only carries the most advanced
automobile technology, but its iconic red H badge also expresses Honda’s Racing Spirit and ‘Fun to Drive’ DNA. Every Type R is built with its own special serial number plate positioned strategically on the center console – which stands as a constant reminder of the Type R’s exclusivity.

In Malaysia, the Civic is synonymous with the Honda brand and has won many hearts over the years. With the current line-up of models including the segment leader Civic, Honda Malaysia maintains its position as No.1 in Non-National Segment as of August 2019.

Powered by a highly advanced 2.0L VTEC Turbocharged engine, the Civic Type R produces high outputs of 310PS and maximum torque of 400NM. The Civic Type R was engineered to deliver the most rewarding drive in the hot hatch segment. The high performance engine is mated with 6-Speed Manual Transmission that delivers exhilarating fun, engaging driver experience and unrivalled experience from a record-breaking performance and sensible practicality. Offering 3-Way Driving Modes of COMFORT, SPORT and +R, the Civic Type R provides both race car-like performance and the desired comfort that is required as a daily commute car.

The 3-Way Driving Modes control the Adaptive Damper System (ADS), Drive-by-Wire throttle (DBW), Electronic Power Steering (EPS), Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), traction and brake system.

The Civic Type R is well equipped with safety features namely Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Traction Control, Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Dynamic Guidelines. Additionally, the Civic Type R is furnished with ISO Fix and Six airbags for all-round protection of the occupants.

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