Who needs a Civic Type R when you can (hopefully) get a production Small RS Concept

There are markets in the world that aren’t getting as many Honda Civic Type Rs as they’d like. Some aren’t even getting any to begin with. Well, worry no more, because Honda is presenting a possible solution at the 2018 Indonesia International Motor Show. The “solution” is called the Small RS Concept, a car that was conceived as part of a goal to envision what a small sports hatchback should look like. In that sense, consider the Small RS Concept as “mission accomplished” for Honda.

The Honda Small RS Concept is Indonesia's Solution for a Tiny Civic Type R Exterior
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The Small RS Concept is actually a preview of the new Brio, a cheap compact car that’s popular in Southeast Asian markets like Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines.

For the record, the Honda Small RS Concept isn’t coming to America. That’s completely out of the question. It might not even make it as a production model anywhere in the world. Bummer, right? What it is, though, is an idea that Honda wanted to come to life, even if it’s just in concept form. If anything, the Small RS Concept is actually a preview of the new Brio, a cheap compact car that’s popular in Southeast Asian markets like Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines.

Regardless of what Honda’s intentions are, it’s hard to take your eyes away from the concept because of how incredible it looks. Sure, it’s not imposing in the same way as the Civic Type R is, but when was the last time you saw a micro Honda get decked in legitimate R-spec aerodynamic bits? A long time? Never? The concept even has a number of gloss black accents, giving it a nice premium look. Combine that with the horizontal LED daytime running lights, extended side skirts, thin wing mirrors, and muscular body creases, and you have a car that looks far more menacing than it has the right to be. And the small air intake on the hood, aggressive rear diffuser, and obscenely large rear wing? Cherries on top of the proverbial sundae.

The Honda Small RS Concept is Indonesia's Solution for a Tiny Civic Type R Exterior
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The concept even has a number of gloss black accents, giving it a nice premium look

Honda didn’t say how much power the Small RS Concept is able to generate, but we do know that the standard Brio comes with a 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 100 horsepower and around 80 pound-feet of torque. It’s not enough to make a statement in any kind of racing environment, but if it looks as sporty as the Small RS Concept, it might not need to.

There’s no word on plans to turn the concept into a production car, but it must be noted that Honda actually has RS versions of the Jazz, Mobilio (an Asian utility vehicle), and Brio. If you live in this region, though, cross your fingers that it happens. Regardless if it’s a concept or not, the Small RS Concept is going to be a hit wherever it’s sold.

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Press release

Honda participates in Indonesia International Motor Show (IIMS) 2018 which is held from 19 – 29 April 2018 at JIExpo Kemayoran, Jakarta. With the theme of “Drive Sporty – Live Safely”, Honda exhibits its latest sporty-character products, including a new “Small RS Concept”, and exclusive “Safety area” which displayed a range of safety technologies and intiatives from Honda.
The theme reflects Honda’s commitment to deliver fun-to-drive experience through its products, while considering safety as one of highest priorities. The combination between sport and safety is aimed to provide people the joy and freedom of mobility and safety to everyone sharing the road.

President Director PT Honda Prospect Motor (HPM), Takehiro Watanabe said, “Honda always produce cars, providing sporty driving experience while at the same time keeping the safety aspects as one of our highest priorities. It is in line with Honda sport DNA, as well as our “Safety for Everyone” philosophy that is always implemented to all of our products.”
As the biggest highlight of Honda booth and the manifestation of sporty theme, “Honda Small RS Concept” is unveiled for the first time in the world. Designed by Honda R&D Asia Pacific Co., Ltd., the concept car features sporty exterior design, expressing Honda sporty DNA. Honda Small RS Concept is built on small car platform, for everyday life usage of young-at-heart customers, and still offers sporty driving feeling at the same time.

On his opening speech, Watanabe said, “Honda Small RS Concept is the implementation of our endless innovation, emphasizing Honda sporty spirit, especially in small car line ups. As a concept car, this is our vision of what a small sporty car should be.”

As with existing Honda models, “RS” logo is applied to Honda variants which features sportier design characters. Currently, Honda had introduced RS variants to several models in Indonesia, including Honda Jazz, Honda Brio and Honda Mobilio.

Apart from the Small RS Concept, Honda also displays the sport car NSX GT3 as the latest generation of Honda super car built for the race track, which combines the excellent performance and sporty design. The NSX GT3 is displayed with new exterior color and fascinating interior details. Booth visitors will have chance to experience NSX GT3 driving simulator through virtual reality games. To strengthen the sporty images, Honda Civic Type R with new “Touring” style body sticker is also displayed, which designed by the winner of Honda Decal Competition, held by HPM.

In addition to its “Safety” theme, Honda booth also features an “Interactive Safety Zone”, where visitor could learn all Honda’sadvanced safety technologies and safety initiatives such as Honda SENSING . Visitors can also join and support this safety driving campaign, by posting their pledge and safety tips to Honda’s interactive wall at Honda booth safety zone.

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