Supposed to be the most effective of each worlds, crossovers ship the ruggedness of a sport utility automobile with the dealing with traits of a sedan. No less than, that’s the speculation. In follow, we’ve typically discovered them lukewarm — sacrificing the most effective traits of both section to ship one thing that may bridge the hole between them. If that’s what you’re searching for, then there isn’t a lot of an issue. However we’ve typically thought you’d be higher off in a hatchback or a extra conventional SUV.
Crossovers do have a task to play, nevertheless. I discover petite examples notably adept at metropolis responsibility. However there aren’t many crossovers providing driving pleasure under the $40,000 mark, and none of them are notably svelte. Toyota appears to grasp our plight and, in persevering with its try and rebrand itself as a daring automaker, determined to make one thing genuinely thrilling out of the ho-hum C-HR.
It’s known as the “R-Tuned,” and the producer claims it’s the quickest CUV ever to grace God’s inexperienced earth.
That company assertion needs to be prefaced by explaining that the C-HR R-Tuned isn’t a manufacturing automobile, nevertheless. It’s a 600-horsepower showboat the corporate can exhibit at SEMA. But it surely’s pointing in the correct path. If Toyota’s subcompact crossover wanted something, it was extra energy.
However perhaps not this a lot energy. The C-HR’s 2.Four-liter Toyota 2AZ-FE makes use of solid internals from Dezod and a DG-Spec Garrett turbo pushing 23 kilos of enhance. They’ve additionally ripped out the CVT to interchange it with a five-speed and added an OS Giken limited-slip differential — a compulsory improve because the automobile stays front-wheel drive. Extra efficiency components embody Brembo racing brakes with 14-inch rotors and a customized suspension that’s seemingly spine-destroying ranges of agency.
“The C-HR R-Tuned has been to the observe each month since we began the mission late final 12 months,” mentioned DG-Spec’s personal Dan Gardner. “It’s in all probability been subjected to extra real-world assessments than simply about any automobile constructed for SEMA. It’s not only a present idea however a track-worthy efficiency automobile, and I can’t wait to see what folks at SEMA and past assume!”
I feel sure, Dan. Regardless of this being a track-only automobile designed particularly to bolster aftermarket consideration, it’s good that it exists. It’s good to see Toyota taking the C-HR to the restrict. It’s thrilling to listen to that the R-Tuned bested manufacturing variations of the McLaren 650 S Spyder, Porsche 911 GT3, and Nissan GT-R NISMO at Willow Springs.
However this was a observe automobile, in spite of everything. The Sienna R-Tuned (one other automobile I’d wish to see go on sale) was additionally a beast, however it was custom-made deliberately to be so.
Clearly, we’re not anticipating Toyota to supply a stripped-out racer like this on the market. However perhaps, simply perhaps, it is going to think about providing a toned-down model with rear seats and a few headliner. You understand, one thing that would give the Juke NISMO a severe run for its cash.