Gets sporty bodykit to go with 173 HP engine.

Honda fans in the Philippines have a new version of the Civic "further amplifying its aggressive sporty appeal": the Civic RS Turbo Modulo.

That amplification comes in the form of front corner splitters, big side skirts, extended rear valance and finishers for the twin tailpipes. Plus a Modulo badge and tread plates. The top-grade RS Turbo Modulo Sport gets matt black, 17-inch wheels.

Under the bonnet, the 1.5-litre, four-cylinder turbo motor is unchanged, serving up 173 horsepower and 159 pound-feet of torque. A continuously variable transmission sends the power to the front wheels.

The Modulo model is also available with a naturally-aspirated, 1.8-litre engine making 141 HP and 126 lb-ft. Again, drive goes through a CVT gearbox to the front wheels.

Prices for the RS Turbo Modulo start at PHP 1,445,000, or $30,510. Which is a lot, but then import taxes in the Philippines are huge.

For the time being, this is about as sporty as the latest Civic gets. At least until the new Civic Type R is launched sometime in 2017. That will have at least 300 HP, and be available in the USA for the first time in the model's history. Though it isn't clear yet if it will come in saloon and/or coupe form, or as the hatchback that will be sold Europe.

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