We’re still waiting for Honda to release their sporty civic hatchback and then follow up with their track ready Type R model but while the rest of the world waits for the next gen hot hatch, those of you living in the Philippines may be able to temporarily fill the void with a new Civic RS Turbo Modulo.
Unlike Ford or Sloda who uses the “RS” badge to separate their rallye sport performance models from the rest of their lineup, Honda uses it more as trim levels for their new 2016 Civic sedan based models, the 1.8 E Modulo, RS Turbo Modulo and RS Turbo Modulo Sport.
Under the hood is a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder turbo engine pushing out 173 horsepower and 159 pound-feet of torque. There’s also the less powerful 1.8 E CVT Modulo trim with a 141 hp 1.8-litre i-VTEC engine. Not too bad but still a far cry from what a Type R can produce.
All three Modulo variants are equipped with Modulo accessories including front corner splitters, side skirts, rear under spoiler and finishers for the twin exhaust tailpipes (1 for the RS Turbo Modulo and 1 for Sport variant). The 1.8 E CVT Modulo will also be getting a deck lid spoiler while the RS Turbo Modulo Sport will sporting a set of 17-inch matte black Modulo alloy wheels. If you do decide to get one of these Modulo Civic sedan models, know that the accessories come with a three-year warranty.
1.8 E CVT Modulo: PHP 1,143,000 ($24371.29)
RS Turbo Modulo: PHP 1,445,000 ($30810.59)
RS Turbo Modulo Sport: PHP 1,510,000 (32196.54)
For the rest of you living outside of the Philippines, there’s still a while to wait before the new Civic Type R goes on sale.