2023 FL5 Honda Civic Type R has a 2-year waiting list in Japan - Expect delays for Malaysian launch?

CY Foong · Sep 28, 2022 10:25 AM

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The Honda Civic Type R is one of the very few true-to-the-form hot hatches on sale today and the latest generation continues that long-standing tradition 25 years later.

The all-new 2023 FL5 Honda Civic Type R is priced from JPY 4,997,300 (~RM 160k) in its home market which is 5.2% more expensive than the previous FK8 Civic Type R’s selling price.

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In spite of the higher price tag, there have been more than 10,000 orders received for the FL5 Type R in Japan since it was announced in September 2022 according to Japanese media. Initially, the first deliveries of the Civic Type R would begin in December however due to the ongoing supply chain issue, that has been pushed to next year.

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According to Honda Japan’s website, it stated that deliveries from the factory for the FL5 Civic Type R would take more than half a year. Given the overwhelming response to the mega hatch, some Honda dealers reportedly had to pause orders for the time being.

Also read: Expect RM 350k price for Malaysia - FL5 2022 Honda Civic Type R to be at least 5% more expensive, 6 months waiting list in Japan

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As such, it would take around 2 years to complete the existing orders but the Civic Type R isn’t the only Honda model to be affected by delayed deliveries. The Civic e:HEV, Fit, and Vezel e:HEV are also experiencing shipment delays of more than half a year according to Honda Japan.

Also read: Old JDMs out of reach? You can still be cool with the new Honda Jazz, yours from RM 127k

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Back to the FL5 Civic Type R, it is powered by a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder VTEC Turbo that now churns out 320 PS/420 Nm and is paired with a 6-speed manual transmission. Just like its predecessor, the FL5 is a global Type R model and will be sold in North America as well as Europe in the future.

Also read: Spied: For the first time ever, China set to CKD 2023 FL5 Honda Civic Type R

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It wouldn’t be surprising for the all-new Civic Type R to eventually make its way into Malaysia officially since Honda Malaysia had offered the FD2 and FK8 in the past. By applying the same 5% increase in price as Japan, we expect it to cost at least RM 350k if it were to be launched in late 2023.

Also read: Honda Civic FK8 vs FD2 Type R. Is newer always better?

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CY Foong

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Traded advertising for a career that fits his passion for cars. Enjoys spotting cars during his free time and has a soft spot for Japanese Kei cars but drives a thirsty manual sedan.

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