Honda’s Small RS Concept Is A Baby Civic Type R

Ever wondered what a baby Honda Civic Type R would look like? Well, wonder no more as the Japanese marque has unveiled just that in the form of the Small RS Concept at the ongoing Indonesia International Motor Show.

Local Honda president Takehiro Watanabe says the Small RS Concept is the brand’s ideal vision of what a small sports hatchback should be and visually, it’s hard to deny that this has been achieved.

At the front, the vehicle includes a selection of gloss black accents, horizontal LED daytime running lights and even a hood with a small air intake just like the current Civic Type R. Elsewhere, the Small RS Concept includes extended side skirts, aggressive creases along its flanks, and a pair of thin wing mirrors.

The rear also shares some similarities with the Type R. For example, there is an unnecessarily large rear wing, an aggressive diffuser, and unique tailpipes. A set of black wheels and a bright orange paint scheme helps to ensure that the concept stands out.

The perfect city hot hatch?

Honda currently offers RS-branded versions of the Jazz, Brio, and Mobilio in Indonesia but has yet to say whether or not the Small RS Concept will spawn a production version.

Either way, it has us excited for what else Honda’s performance car renaissance could bring.

Hat tip to Autonetmagz for the live photos!

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  • Autoexperte
  • Bananarama

    That’s actually…. cool?? That shape is great for a modern practical hatchback. No slopey pseudo-sedan/liftback. I wonder if this previews the next Fit at all?

    If they just delete all the concepty rice crap, this would be perfect.

  • Leconte Dave

    Rice rice baby

  • marcin

    Bring it to Europe, would be great.

    • And seeing how it’s less equipped or quality than Dacia?

      • haudit

        Lower quality than a Dacia? Highly unlikely. I’ve seen two-year-old Dacia Dusters rusting around the door lock because the build quality is so poor.

        • Have you seen Southeast Asian Honda? The build quality is considered low for European standard. And it has literally little features.

          • haudit

            I still don’t believe the quality can be any lower than a Dacia, which are literally half the price of their mainstream rivals, and therefore cheaply manufactured cars assembled from a collection of old Renault bits from the late 1990s.

          • I duly invite you to go to Asia and see it for yourself, especially the Asia only Brio. It’s really cheap and even Asian spec Jazz feels different than European ones.

            For note, I do live between those countries so I can compare it myself.

          • Brabusbus

            I lived in Indonesia, we don’t have Dacia here. But we got the Renault Duster (or Dacia in Europe).

            Imo the Duster built quality is worse than a Brio, the interior materials and feeling when you close the door is so bad

            Brio is also not good, but considering the price is only $10K USD, it becomes acceptable.

          • As I said, different market has different quality. Your Duster comes from Indian plant, and with local production, they used local parts that is cheaper and differ in terms of quality.

            Given that we can get cars like Up on that price range, I think car like Brio won’t be acceptable outside their Asian market.

          • Brabusbus

            How about the indian made Celerio, Ignis and Ford Ka+? I think they’re all doesn’t have a good quality too. And still acceptable in European market, even with £10-14K prices tag

            Imo, Brio is not available in europe due to emissions and safety features. Because there is no variant that has 6 airbags or more.

          • Because you haven’t seen European Ignis, it looks so different than Asian one. Celero started at 7000 pounds in UK, while in Asia will cost what, double that price.

            Not that it doesn’t have enough safety features or emissions. It just Honda didn’t want to dilute their presence as a middle price cars with cheap hatchback.

    • marcin

      Is it based on any currently available model or is it completely new?

      • regular_tom

        it is based on brio hatchback with facelifted mobilio face (though the rear is new)

        • marcin

          Thank you. So this basically means it’s not a car to be expected in Europe.

  • Don’t get your hopes high, this won’t spawn any high performance car. The car is a preview concept for a next gen small hatchback that will replaced Honda Brio, a small hatchback that is designed in Thailand for Asian market. This car itself comes from Honda’s Thailand design house and research.

  • Vinyl Scratch

    The rotational tires are on backwards on the rear.

    • Knotmyrealname

      PHAYL!

  • Autoexperte

    orange is the new black

    • Knotmyrealname

      McLaren are ahead of the game then.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Awwww!

    It’s so cute!!!

  • Jim Rehak

    It is almost like Honda decided to make something similar to a fiesta st, and is 6 years late to the party….

  • Sybill Julian

    ugly rear fascia

  • LWOAP

    Looks better than the Civic Type R.

  • Legionario007

    fugly

  • Harry_Wild

    It is not coming to the U.S., so forget it!

  • Jim Rehak

    So the only market in the world that matters is in Indonesia?

  • Less irrelevant picture would be great.

  • SpongeBob99Swell

    So…. a Fit Type R or somethin’…?

    • regular_tom

      more precisely Brio Type R (if it really do exists)

  • How about make it smaller, lose the two.back doors. 3 door hatchback would be amazing.

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