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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Honda City

<p>The entry of Honda Cars Philippines Inc. to the subcompact sedan segment is the City. Now on its fifth-generation model, the new model comes with a sleeker exterior design along with a revamped interior and an updated in-cabin features. From the looks of it, this vehicle looks well suited to go up against its rivals in the subcompact sedan segment such as the <a href="" title="Toyota Vios Philkotse Car Guide">Toyota Vios</a> and <a href="" title="Kia Soluto Philkotse Car Guide">Kia Soluto</a>.</p> <p>The exterior of the latest release&nbsp;looks sleeker and sportier as compared to the outgoing model. Upfront, the top-spec RS variant&nbsp;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&rsquo;t have fog lamps. Also, non-RS trims are integrated with halogen projector headlamps.</p> <p>Honda&nbsp;Philippines is offering the City on four variants: RS CVT, V CVT, S CVT, and S MT. All variants come with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder i-VTEC gasoline engine. The said power unit generates 119 hp and 145 Nm of torque. In addition, all variants come&nbsp;with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) except for the entry-level S variant that uses a six-speed manual gearbox instead.</p>

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar is a graduate of AB English with previous experience working as a freelance writer for varied internet publications in-between his former stints in the Pharmaceutical Industry, and later as a First Aid Provider and Training Staff at the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

Since childhood, Cesar has been keenly interested in cars. He has learned the ins and outs of these marvelous vehicles and is a competent amateur mechanic who is keen on sharing his knowledge.

Cesar is perceptive of car culture in general – not only in the Philippines but in global regard, as well. His knowledge ranges from the prevalent stories and trends among car enthusiasts around the world, to closely following the latest local and international developments in the automotive industry.

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