Thailand is COVID-19-free and has Honda City RS. Yes, we're jealous.

Updated Oct 14, 2020 | Same topic: Car Sneak Peeks, Teasers, & Rumors

It’s probably the sportiest looking subcompact car in its price range.

There are a lot of things that we’re jealous of Thailand. First, is that according to the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration, the South East Asian country has had no cases of COVID-19 locally for a month now. All of its 3,202 active cases were released, and many businesses and events that were once postponed are now in full swing.

One of those events is of course the Bangkok International Auto Show 2020, which like BIMS of previous years, remains one of the largest and most attended car events in the region, and despite Thailand being COVID-19-free, everyone at the event was wearing masks.

A picture of the front of the 2020 Honda City RS Turbo at BIMS

The Honda City RS Turbo at the 2020 BIMS

Why are we talking about BIMS 2020? Well, that’s because it reminded us of another big thing that Thailand has that we’re covetous of – the really awesome Honda City RS Turbo.

Introduced in December 2019, this Honda City is powered by a 1.0-liter turbocharged inline-3 engine that can churn out 119 horsepower at 6,600 rpm and 173 Nm of torque at 4,800 rpm. Sure, the locally available 1.5 Honda City engine makes just one horsepower less, but the City RS Turbo just makes more maximum torque at a slightly lower rpm range.

A picture of the side of the Honda City RS Turbo

Note the subtle, but cool looking two-tone alloy wheels

Like the locally available Honda City, the City RS Turbo sends its power to the front wheels, and like the high-spec Philippine variants, it makes use of a continuously variable gearbox, although it has a semi-automatic shift mode with seven virtual speeds.

Apart from that, just look at the City RS Turbo’s exterior. Its rear is adorned by a beefy looking air dam, the different looking black set of alloy wheels, the segmented looking LED headlamps, and the blacked-out RS grille and lower bumper. It’s definitely sporty, and shall we dare say that in the Thai market, it’s definitely one of the sportiest looking cars in its segment.

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A picture of the rear of the Honda City RS Turbo

The City RS Turbo is particularly rakish looking when viewed from the rear

And yes, to rub more salt in the proverbial wound, the Honda City RS Turbo that’s available in Thailand is also a variant of the seventh-gen GN City. The next-generation City that was launched last year, a.k.a. the one we still don’t have. In the Thai market, the City RS Turbo is priced at ฿739,000, or Php 1,153,854 at the current Thai Baht to Philippine Peso exchange rate.

A picture of the interior of the City RS Turbo

The interior of the City RS is adorned with red stitching

Don’t worry though, because most models launched in Thailand have been proved to eventually make their way to the Philippines. So yes, it’s only a matter of time until Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. will introduce the new City, as well as the Honda City RS Turbo. The latter’s more of a wish, but who knows.

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Know more about Honda City 2023

Honda City

The City is Japanese subcompact car stalwart Honda's entry in the segment. Now on its fifth generation, Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) is offering the City 2021 in four variants: RS CVT, V CVT, S CVT, and S MT. Honda City Price Philippines from Php 953,000 to Php 1,093,000. All variants come with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder i-VTEC gasoline engine which generates 119 hp and 145 Nm of torque. In addition, all variants come with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) except for the entry-level S variant that uses a six-speed manual gearbox instead. As for the dimensions, this small sedan has a length of 4,553 mm, a width of 1,748 mm, and a height of 1,467 mm. From the looks of it, this vehicle looks well suited to go up against its rivals in the subcompact sedan segment such as the Toyota Vios and Kia Soluto.

As compared to the outgoing model, the exterior of the latest release looks sharper and sportier. The new model comes with a sleeker design along with a revamped interior and updated in-cabin features. Upfront, the top-spec RS variant comes with full LED headlights, LED fog lamps, a more prominent fog light garnish, a glossy black mesh grille, and a sporty bumper. On the other hand, the non-RS City variants also come with a striking facia but it doesn’t have fog lamps. Also, non-RS trims are integrated with halogen projector headlamps. 


 

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel

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Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.

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