Toyota’s C-HR R-Tuned crossover is a supercar killing monster
Toyota has tuned one of its C-HR Crossovers for the SEMA show in Las Vegas and is possibly thinking of taking it around the infamous Nürburgring.
It’s a supercar killing crossover that Toyota has made especially for the SEMA show in Las Vegas. But what makes the C-HR R-Tuned (as it’s known) so special?
Well, for a start, it’s got a 447kW 2AZ-4FE engine shoehorned under the bonnet, which transforms the car from a run-of-the-mill crossover into a fire-breathing monster. Add to this forged internals; a reinforced valve-train; a custom Garrett turbocharger (which runs no less than 23PSI of boost); and a comprehensively overhauled chassis and aerodynamics package, and you’ve got a car that can do 0-60mph (97km/h) in a bone-crunching 2.9 seconds.
Did we mention that this crossover was a supercar killer? That 0-60mph time is faster than a Lamborghini Aventador SV!
With all that power, Toyota (obviously) had to upgrade the brakes too. The C-HR R-Tuned has enormous Brembo brakes lurking behind its 18-inch wheels at all four corners, which are wrapped in Toyo Proxes RR rubber (275mm wide).
“The Toyota NGA platform the C-HR is built on is really stiff, so we worked on developing the handling characteristics,” said Dan Gardner, head of the tuning company behind the concept, said. “We wanted to make a supercar killer – the whole point is that it doesn’t make sense.”
“The car was built for SEMA and Toyota has no plans for it from now on. But it’s the real deal. Personally, it would be a dream to take it to the Nordschleife. I have no doubt it could set the front-wheel-drive record there.”
The new Civic Type-R holds the current front-wheel-drive record at the Nürburgring, but the C-HR R-Tuned would certainly give it a run for its money. Whether we’ll see it tackle the Green Hell remains to be seen. Let’s hope so…