About four years ago, we said that the Honda Civic RS Turbo has the spirit of the iconic SiR. With over 170 PS under the hood, it makes more power than the SiR from the '90s. It's faster too, getting to 100 km/h in less than 7.5 seconds. It's not a car we'd call slow at all.
Of course, there will always be those wanting more punch out of their cars and Civic RS owners are no exception. Why settle for 173 PS if you know you can bump that up to 200 PS, or maybe even more? If you want more out of your RS Turbo, Spoon has a solution for you.
The Japanese tuning company recently introduced a turbo kit for the 1.5-liter turbo used in the top-of-the-line Civic. What Spoon did was make the turbo much larger than stock, and the result is rather impressive. From the 1.5-liter turbo's stock output of 173 PS and 220 Nm of torque, that rises to 275 PS and, wait for it, a whopping 414 Nm of torque. While it still makes less power than a stock Civic Type R, this big turbo kit from Spoon helps give that 1.5-liter engine 14 Nm more than the boosted 2.0-liter.
Interested? Well, there's a catch. This turbo kit is only applicable to 1.5-liter turbo engines with a manual transmission fitted. Sadly, we don't get 1.5 turbos with manual transmissions that could make this upgrade possible here. The only way to make this turbo work is if you're willing to swap out the standard CVT for a six-speed manual.
But swapping out the CVT for a manual isn't the end of that. Spoon says you need a heavier-duty clutch to cope with the massive amount of torque. With that much labor involved, it's a lot easier to just buy a Civic Type R straight from the dealership and call it a day. That said, the idea of an unassuming Civic sedan packing over 270 PS does sound awesome, though.
If that's too much work to get more power out of the Civic RS Turbo, there is a much easier solution. Spoon is also offering Hondata's FlashPro engine management unit, which gives a substantial increase over the stock engine. Hondata isn't saying how much more power their EMU makes, but their tests show an increase of at least 30 horsepower. 203 PS may be a long way behind the Spoon's 275 PS rating, but having that much power in the RS Turbo already sounds cool in our book.