Published on October 5th, 2023 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
IF You Can’t Get A Civic Type R FL5 Here Is An Alternative
Right now the new Type R FL5 is in short supply and so we have an idea for some of you to consider
Launched in Malaysia just a few weeks ago, with only 19 units available to Malaysian’s, the Civic Type R FL5 is a very sought after road and also track machine. Its behind the wheel heritage is still benchmark for many of its rivals, European and also Japanese.
Even after its launch in Japan more than a year ago, there was long waiting list as every nation that is was launched in had very high demand and its asking prices were also higher due to higher costs.
Now, with its Malaysian selling price rising from a humble RM320,000 6 years ago to the current RM399k it is not within easy reach for many die-hard enthusiasts. Plus there is the short supply from Japan.
So, here is a possible solution to get ‘an almost’ Type R FL5. A local ‘potong kereta’ has advertised an accident damaged Type R FL5 for sale and its white in colour.
This means, you can buy the current Civic 1.5 Turbo and do a quick conversion with the ‘Japanese imported’ Type R FL5 parts.
Meanwhile, the Type R FL5 builds on the 2022 Civic’s interior but adds classic Type R red trim pieces and unique graphics. There are also red sports seats with suede like upholstery.
There are new ‘Drive’ modes which can be selected from the cabin. This Type R gets Comfort, Sport, +R and Individual modes that let you customize engine, steering, suspension and engine sound settings.
The all new Honda Log data logger has been updated with more features including lap time stopwatch, tyre friction circles, 3D vehicle motion display, and an innovative scoring function.
For the exterior, you get skirts and lower bumpers that are also more aggressive on the Type R. Around back, the diffuser and triple exhaust exits return but with an updated design. Up front, the bonnet now features a vent for maximum airflow.
More subtle are the vents behind the front wheels that send air under the car and out the back.
After all the work has been done you still have the stock Civic 1.5 turbo parts that could be sold for a handsome price to an insurance provider.
So, the above ‘project’ should be much cheaper than buying a used reconditioned Civic Type R FL5 which is retailing for around RM390k to RM410k. Remember, a used reconditioned car has NO official after sales and factory warranty attached to it. So it is almost the same as your junkyard conversion.