Honda City RS ad compares its class-leading torque with Toyota Camry, Vios

Updated Sep 29, 2020 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates
Let’s analyze the City RS ad, shall we?

The turbocharged Honda City RS is already available in several Asian countries like Thailand and Malaysia. And while we’re still waiting here in the Philippines, MyHondaTV, Honda Malaysia released a rather cheeky advertisement for the newest version of the Honda made subcompact car.

Check it out:

MyHondaTV. Rewrite the rules.

As you can see from the video, Honda compares the City RS to the Toyota Vios, and strangely enough, with the Toyota Camry, which as you know, belongs to another segment. Back to the ad, it highlights the Honda City RS’s abilities to lay down the power. As per the video above, Honda is claiming that it’s better than the other models shown in terms of climbing inclines, overtaking, and building up speed even when fully loaded with passengers.

A picture of the Honda City RS Turbo

We also didn't account for max torque, wheel-size, aerodynamics, and many other factors.

To check up on the veracity of this ad though, let us compare these three sedans in terms of the maximum horsepower and torque that they can make.

Honda City RS Turbo
Toyota Camry
Toyota Vios 1.5
Peak Horsepower (HP)
Peak Torque (Nm)
Curb Weight
1,165 kg
1,545 kg
1,060 kg

With the figures above, we can obviously see that the Toyota Camry has the most torque and horsepower, and the Vios has the least. If we went deeper into this analysis of ours, we calculated that the Camry has 0.12 horsepower per kg, the Vios has 0.1, and the City RS Turbo has 0.1.

This of course means that the subcompact sedans actually have about the same power to weight ratio, with the Vios’ relatively lighter curb weight compensating for its lack of horsepower. And obviously, the Camry, despite its significantly heavier weight, still has more horsepower per kilogram.

Before you keyboard warriors do your usual thing, do note that we’ve only taken into account the vehicle’s gross weight. This means that there might also be other factors that might affect actual real-world performance like the amount of cargo a car is carrying and the weight of the passengers riding the cars in question.

A picture of the Honda City RS Turbo's rear.

We want a more accurate comparison, but we'll have to wait for the City RS Turbo to get here

Also, note that we used the output figures for the Vios 1.5 since the City RS Turbo is also the top-of-the-line variant of the Honda City. As such, we can safely say that our analysis is just scratching the surface. We’ll have to get our hands on the City RS Turbo and test it out in real-world conditions against the Toyota Vios 1.5, as well as the Toyota Camry to find out if Honda’s advertisement is accurate.

Regardless of this, the Honda City RS Turbo is an exciting looking sedan, which offers a lot with its sporty exterior. We cannot wait to get our hands on it, and once it gets here to the Philippines, we’ll let you know.

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar learned how to drive a car years before he got his license. Today, he's still looking for that perfect '90s Japanese coupe to drive into the sunset while listening to Crazy Little Love by Nuage. Also has a thing for badass off-road vehicles and weird engine swaps.