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Honda is hoping to build a following with its line of Modulo parts in Japan, in a bid to replicate the the success that Mugen has had. On display at the Tokyo Auto Salon, Honda showcased three different Modulo-equipped versions of its Insight hybrid.
First up is a mostly stock looking Touring Modulo Insight, featuring a short list of Modulo parts than can be purchased through dealerships. Up next is the Modulo Touring race car (yup, a hybrid race car), which Honda is using to build awareness and credibility for its Modulo line of parts.
Finally, Honda displayed its Insight Sports Modulo Concept, which takes a look at where Modulo parts may go in the future. The Modulo Concept carries a theme of “Exciting Eco” and is equipped with a new front bumper, lower grille, diffuser and LED lighting. The wheels are certainly interesting, looking like some of the aerodynamic designs currently used in Formula One.
GALLERY: Modulo Equiped Honda Insights
It has been over a decade since North America was introduced to Honda’s infamous Integra Type-R. At the 2010 Tokyo Auto Salon, Honda is showing off two versions of its tuned Civic Type-R; one in hatchback form and another in sedan form. The white paint scheme with red badging that has become synonymous with the Type-R was prevalent in addition to Sports Modulo products on the sedan. For those that have been kept in the dark, Modulo is the new custom brand name of Honda Access Corporation, manufacturer of Honda aftermarket products.
As for the hatchback, it was designed and built specifically for the European market, but after receiving such rave reviews (especially from the buff books in the U.K. like TopGear, EVO and CAR) Honda has decided to offer the three-door in its home market. Powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder it makes 198-hp at 7500 rpm and 142 ft-lbs of torque at 5600 rpm. With a curb weight of just under 2,800 lbs, a firm suspension and Honda’s typical driving dynamics, the Civic Type-R is sure to prove popular.